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Why #WeAchieveTogether: Teachers & Sisters, Sara Fielder and Emili Colon

August 14, 2019 - Employee Excellence

Sara Fielder is a 1st Grade teacher and her sister, Emili Colon, is a 4th Grade teacher. Both transferred to Sheehy Elementary this school year to make a difference for students in one of our Achievement Schools.

“I can be the most help at a school like this. It is so exciting to see these kids reach their full potential, having those high goals for them and seeing them get there is why you get there in the first place—that was probably my main reason to come here and my sister works here. It’s fun to work with my sister,” said Sheehy 1st Grade Teacher Sara Fielder.

“I was really excited to be able to come and be a part of this and be a part of this family,” said Emili Colon, Sheehy 4th Grade Teacher. “Of course academically I want to make a difference in my students’ lives. I want to see them improve from the beginning to the end of the year. But, the biggest difference that I want to make is in our classroom community and just the relationships we build with each other, but also the relationships we build around the school and with the community. It really does take a village for these kids and their education. It’s not just me in the classroom teaching. It’s what we do before school, during school, after school.”

“Working together instead of separate. Everybody has a common goal: all of the kids succeeding, not just worrying about your class—all of these kids are our kids. It’s the culture of the school, it makes it just a really great year. It makes it so exciting to come every day. You’re ready to work. You’re ready to collaborate with some really great teachers. I’m really excited to be here,” said Fielder.

“I’m looking forward to the experience other people are going to bring me and to what I can bring to other teachers here, and I’m looking forward to a great year. Letting students know how much I care for them and my number one goal here for them is to feel loved. If we can do that, get along great and have a great relationship together, it makes the learning so much easier,” said Colon.

This is Why #WeAchieveTogether.

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