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Tuesday with a Teacher

Name: Gail DeMent, Pre-K 4 Teacher

How long have you been teaching? (and how long at All Saints) I have been teaching for 43 years; 13 of them at ASCS.

What is the best part of your job? I could say the best part of my job is shaping young minds, or introducing the children to the world of formal learning or seeing the children master a difficult skill. However, the best part of teaching preschool is what the children give to me. They keep me young at heart and remind me to enjoy the moment we're in.

If you had a superpower for the day, what would it be? My superpower would be to give every child in my class whatever they need to be successful in life.

What is your favorite kind of music? I enjoy the "oldies" from the sixties.

Do you have a hidden talent? If yes, what is it? Playing the flute.  I also enjoy refinishing furniture, doing embroidery work, and baking and decorating cakes.

What is your favorite type of book to read? (or favorite book title)
I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse    Although it's a children's book, the message is a touching one for me.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a teacher. Both my parents were teachers and I was raised to respect the profession as an important one.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be 3 houses away from my grandchildren. Far enough away so I was not intruding on their privacy, but close enough so they could walk to my house any time they wanted.

What was your first job?
My first job was as a secretary in my grandmother's paint and hardware store. I earned $1.74 an hour and earned enough money in the summer to pay my college tuition for a year!

Any other fun facts?
Teaching has played an important part in my life. I met my husband of 36 years at a teachers convention. We have passed the teaching tradition to our oldest son who is a social studies teacher just like his grandfather. And he, too, happens to be married to a teacher.

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