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JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Elementary Schoolâ€™s newest kindergarten teacher is Dan Carnovale. Carnovale is a Johnsonburg Area High School graduate.
Because of growing up in Johnsonburg and attending JAHS, Carnovale said he is glad to be back in the school district he also attended.
â€śI am very grateful for this opportunity to be back in the school district that I graduated from,â€ť he said. â€śI know what this school district gave to me and I feel proud to be able to give back to the district, the students, and the community.â€ť
Not only is Carnovale back in the district he attended, he is also in the same room he once learned in himself. â€śThe very room I am teaching kindergarten in is the classroom where I went to kindergarten so many years back.â€ť
Carnovale says he became a teacher because of experiences he had with children during his high school career.
â€śIn high school, I was a tutor to seventh-grade students that were having trouble transitioning from elementary school to high school,â€ť he said. â€śI loved being able to work with these students as well as being able to see as they progressed in school. Because of this I knew I wanted to be a teacher.â€ť
As a kindergarten teacher, Carnovale hopes to help students reach their individual goals throughout the year.
â€śSome of my goals for my first year of teaching would be to have students who have reached their own individual goals,â€ť he said.
Another goal Carnovale has is to create a good learning environment where students feel at ease.
â€śI hope to create a fun learning atmosphere where students feel comfortable and are excited to learn new things every day,â€ť said Carnovale. â€śI hope to walk away from my first year of teaching and be able to say that I made a difference in each of my studentsâ€™ lives,â€ť
Carnovale says he is proud to be a teacher when the students experience the moment when they conquer something they were struggling with.
â€śMy favorite part of being a teacher is seeing the 'Ah Ha' moments,â€ť he said. â€śFor example, if a student is struggling with a concept or skill and all of the sudden you see this look come across their face that just says, 'I get it!' This is the 'Ah Ha' moment, and a moment that as a teacher I am very proud of.â€ť
Pick up a copy of the Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.