My 3rd grade teacher was Mrs. Payne. Well, her full name was Mrs. Viola Hiroko Kaliko Wei Wei Kawahigashi Payne. She used to have a big stamp kids would come after school to say her name and if they did it right she would stamp her name on their arm. That’s right – the stamp was as long as our whole forearm. She was an amazing teacher. She was tough and strict and made us work. But that taught us we could do hard things, survive and be proud of what we had accomplished.
She used to tell us stories about growing up during WW2 in Honolulu when she would hear the air raid sirens and run hide under her bed. Her curly hair would get caught in the bedsprings while she hid and it was painful to get unstuck once the air raid was over. She taught us about the Hawaiian people and culture and we soaked it all up like sponges.
At the end of the year we put on a big Hawaiian program. When I say big I mean it was really big complete with all students having their own ukulele to play and sing with! We had two performances during the day and an evening performance for parents. But alumni from her classroom would come back for the night performance to play and sing all the songs in the program. I’m talking about junior high and high school kids coming back to play the ukulele with 3rd graders. All because she built a sparkle in all of us and taught us to see each other for who we are and not what we look like. We embraced our differences and appreciated each other strengths. Mrs. Payne will always be one of my favorite teachers because she brought out a sparkle in me that no one else could have. And that sparkle has made all the difference in who I am today.
At Jeanne’s, we strive to bring out the #sparkle and build confidence in every dancer, big and small. Watch your dancer’s confidence bloom before your eyes! See the difference a little #sparkle can make.
--Miss Amy :)
Miss Amy: I love teaching kids and watching that "A-ha!" moment happen when all the dots connect and the light bulb goes on! There's nothing better!