Why Teaching Kindergarten at AMS is Rewarding

AMS Kindergarten Teacher Mrs. Rushing describes her favorite moments of teaching. Mrs. Rushing teaches her scholars the importance of having integrity and learning how to be independent.

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My favorite moment is when I get to reflect. When I get to reflect where we started and where they end up it’s so special and it hits your heart every time we do it.


From that beginning, when we’re chasing kids from underneath desks, to kids are crying for Mommy and then at the end, when they’re walking across that stage saying “thank you Mrs. Rushing” is such a beautiful thing. And the parents are crying because they don’t want to let them go but they know that kids have to grow up and move on. But they always come back, and I always get great recommendations for the next year.


I strongly promote integrity beginning in kindergarten. They know exactly what to do and what it means that you have to have integrity in life in general. I start off small. “Are you doing the right thing when no one is watching you?” and they say yes, I am. So just to promote character traits that they’re going to use throughout their lifetime is important in AMS students and I see it all around. They are very well-mannered, they help each other. I see the older kids supporting the younger ones and the playground is run pretty well for us to have a mixed group of kids.


The character traits that they possess are outstanding and it’s invaluable. They are very independent but I’m training them to be that way. I want them to be able to know that if I’m not here, you still can learn and do the right thing. I usually teach kids that you can one day be the teacher. And a lot of them will say to me “I want to be a teacher like you Mrs. Rushing!” Well, don’t be exactly like me, but that’s a lovely compliment to hear that they want to be a teacher because teaching is not for everyone.

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