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It's in the Genes

Tell us a bit about your background:

My name is Amber Safir and I am part of the 4th generation of educators in my family.  I am from Kansas City, Missouri and I studied education at Schreiner University in Texas. I have been teaching for the past nine years. I started off as an art teacher in my hometown and have been teaching KG2 at BBS for the past three years.  My main goal as an educator is to prepare young people to become knowledgeable, responsible, contributing members of our global society.

Tell us one moment from this teaching experience that was particularly powerful, interesting, or funny:

Male Student:  Hhhhhhh! Hhhhh! (breathing heavily)

Female student:  Please stop breathing in my ear.

Male Student:  Hhhhhhhh! Hhhhhhh! Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! (continuously breathing heavily to annoy others)

Female Student:  Ms. Safir, will you please get _________ away from me?  He is breathing extra heavy to get on my nerves.

Male Student:  I can’t help it. That’s just how I breathe.

Female Student:  Well, if it takes all that to breathe, you might as well just go on and die!

Do you have any inspirational words and/or specific sites, organizations, strategies, or links that you’d like to share with other teachers?

I worked at a school that is part of a community service organization which helps immigrants settle into the community. They provide housing, childcare and healthcare assistance. They also have a food pantry and serve hundreds of families during the winter holidays. Recently the organization was in the news for helping to bring a Syrian family to Kansas City.

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