Current City: East Village, NYC
Hometown: Garden City, NY
Job: Pre-K Teacher in NYC
Beauty Secret: a good nights sleep
Favorite Restaurant: Via Della Pace in the East Village
Fave Food: “My mom’s mac and cheese, deli sandwiches, and salt and pepper potato chips.”
(Wearing: Zara top, J.Crew pants)
A DAY IN HILLARY’S LIFE
6:30am – Wake up, make Dunkin Donuts hazelnut coffee, wash face, use Origins Purifying tonic, brush teeth, moisturize my face with Olay regenerist and apply Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (“I shower at night because I don’t like to get into my bed without being clean and working with kids all day I feel like I am covered in germs by the end of the day!”)
6:50am – Chug water followed by first cup of coffee of the day while making a sandwich for lunch (maple turkey and swiss on rye bread); “For breakfast I usually make myself egg whites with cheese if I have time or grab a Kind or Luna bar at the deli near work.”
7:00am – “Sit on my bed for longer than I should staring into my closet trying to figure out what to wear. Rush to put something on and get out the door.”
7:20am – Walk to the subway.
8:00am – Arrive at work, eat breakfast, fill up a big water bottle and start setting up classroom. “Mornings are not as academic and more so just fun things for the kids to do as they trickle in from 8:15 till 9:00. So I usually put out art supplies, some dry erase markers and boards for writing practice (we are working on proper pencil grip at this age), playdough (builds fine motor skills), puzzles and trains. The morning “free play” promotes social skills and may not look it, but is a very important time of the day!”
8:15am – “The chaos begins as kids start to come in. Blast Disney station on Pandora to drown out the siren/shooting noises the boys make! Greet the kids, talk to parents, depending on my mood….play with the kids.” – I can’t imagine the patience you must have!
9:00am – “The kids clean up and we all sit down for “Circle Time”. This is when we all sit in a circle on the carpet and talk about the day, put up the date on the calendar sing the days of the week song (to the tune of the Adams Family song), and read the morning message which is a letter that I write to them each morning on a Smartboard. I’ll leave out letters that they have to come up and fill in. Right now we are practicing for our Thanksgiving show (we need a lot of work) so we practice the lines to that!”
9:30am – “Work with the kids in small groups called “centers” where they work on math, writing, phonics and fine motor skills.”
10:00am – Have hour break while kids are in Greek lesson; go out to get a coffee and go up to friends classroom to chat
11:45am – Kidz Bop dance party (“class favorite is Call Me Maybe“)
12:00pm– “Eat lunch with the kids as they ask me what I’m eating and why. They don’t seem to understand that their teachers are real humans too.”
2:00pm – “On nice days we will go outside to a courtyard down the block from my school. I teach the kids games like tag, stuck in the mud, red light/green light, and sharks and minnows.” – I would like to propose doing this on nice days at my job…
2:45pm – Dismissal; say good-bye to the kids and organize classroom/prep for the next day
3:30pm – Teach a cooking class for the after school program.
4:30pm – Leave work and go home; usually stop to do some errands on the way
6:00pm – “Unfortunately this doesn’t always happen but go to my favorite class at the gym (Cardio sculpt at NYSC).”
7:00pm – Shower; cook dinner (usually something involving pasta)
9:00pm – Hang out with my roommates and watch Bravo – I think Bravo has been in every female’s average day!
10:00pm – Brush teeth and get into bed, “It usually takes me about 2 minutes to fall asleep. I’m a really great sleeper!”
Thanks Hil! Now I want to be a teacher! I don’t know about you all, but it’s amazing how different my day is from Hil’s! As a teacher you really have no down time, especially if you’re chasing around Pre-K kids! It’s like work combined with babysitting! I am tired just thinking about it. I have always thought about teaching and wondered if I would be good at it or not. Unlike most jobs, it is rewarding, but it really does take a lot of patience, planning and hard work. What do you think? Could you see yourself as a teacher?
How was everyone’s weekends? Yesterday I spent all day biking around NYC and Brooklyn and it was absolutely awesome! So happy it’s a short week!