Lacey DudiakTeacher

    “Seeing a child fall in love with reading is my jam.”

    My educational background:

    MA in English: Applied Linguistics
    BA in English

    My certifications:

    CPR Certified, many, many trainings

    My social/emotional trainings:

    TEACCH, Mindfulness Fundamentals from Mindful Schools, Jed Baker conference, Social Thinking conference, EFT training, ASNC

    My favorite teacher from my past:

    I don’t have just one, but my favorite teachers are those who took the time to get to know me personally, and not just academically

    What do I love about Epiphany?

    Our students! I love that our students are free to be their wonderful selves.

    How does teaching and working with children inspire me?

    I love working with children because seeing a child fall in love with reading is my jam. Reading is something that no one can take away from someone and that is integral to a successful, fulfilling life. I also love that children tell it like it is. I love that I can have conversations about dinosaurs one minute and Batman the next. Epiphany kids also give the best hugs and make me laugh more than you can imagine.

    My spirit animal:

    I WANT to be more sloth-like, but lately I’m all Mama Bear

    My favorite movie:

    Frida, The Phantom Tollbooth, Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, anything based on a book

    My favorite board game:

    Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, Ticket to Ride

    My favorite book:

    It’s an Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter tie.

    My favorite character, cartoon, or superhero:

    Batman—he doesn’t have a vast amount of supernatural power, but is a concerned citizen who cares enough to try to take care of others.

    My Interests and hobbies:

    Being a mom to Violet, hanging out with Mr. D., reading, perpetually trying to get my house “clean,” cooking, volunteering with Girls Rock Charlotte

    My origins, travels and/or adventures:

    I’m from Northeastern Ohio

    My favorite thing to do, place to go, or eatery in Charlotte:

    I love any place with a cheese/charcuterie board

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    Erin Morris, Head of SchoolKelly Guarente, Teacher