Our employees are the lifeblood of our schools and we believe that each employee contributes to our continued success. We have invited our employees to share information about their day or an event in their day. Our first employee blog was written by Afton Virgillio, a teachers assistant at our Lindenhurst school.
The second I get out of my car every morning, I usually see little hands waving at me from behind glass windows. Small children hop and shout, “There goes Miss Afton” with their hands in the air. I usually wave back or do a silly little dance. Before my workday unfolds, I am already walking through the front doors with a smile on my face.
Everyday at Tutor Time is different for me. I am placed where I am needed, whether that is in a classroom, creating festive artwork, or helping the center fulfill tasks. I have worked with every age group in the building at some point or another and can honestly say I can almost name every student at the Tutor Time of Lindenhurst. Until this job, I had never changed a diaper, fed an infant, or entertained a room by singing, “The Wheels on the Bus”. One of the things I’ve learned thus far is no matter how out of key I sing, the children do not seem to notice and they love to sing along.
This job has not only tested my patience, but my confidence. Various interactions and events have influenced my personal growth as a caretaker. At first I was petrified to hold a four-month-old baby girl, not wanting to hurt her or do the wrong thing. Thanks to a wonderful co-worker and ongoing experience, I am now completely confident caring for infants. I have learned Twaddlers love to dump toys out of wicker baskets, regardless of how many times you’ve put them away, school age children always are hungry after a day at school, and sometimes an infant just needs to be cuddled. Interacting with all of the age groups has helped me understand the wide range of physical and mental development that is unique for each individual child.
The children at Tutor Time inspire me every day. Each day I go home with a story or memory. I once responded to a 3-year old with the phrase “Get outta town!” and her response was, “…but I never left town Miss Afton”.
I have watched infants grow teeth, Twaddlers learn to use the potty, and put school-age children on their bus for their first days of school. It was funny to realize a School-Ager had the same teacher I had when I was in the fourth grade. It is great to know that I am teaching children who are from the community I grew up in.
Graduating from SUNY New Paltz with a Visual Arts Education degree, I am unsure what degree to obtain my Master’s in; however, I am curious to see how Tutor Time will play a role in my future. We are a brand new center that is constantly growing in staff, enrollment, experience and ideas. Working with young children is not easy, but it has truly been rewarding. I look forward to many more days spent smiling at Tutor Time of Lindenhurst.