Meet Sarahbeth Mixco, an Assistant Teacher in Kindergarten at Hausner. With over a decade of experience in Early Childhood Development, Sarahbeth shares her passion for teaching and how she inspires her young learners both academically and personally. Learn about Sarahbeth's hobbies outside of the classroom, including her love for gardening and adventure. Plus, find out what career she might have pursued if she weren't a teacher and her favorite Hebrew word.
1. Can you briefly introduce yourself and tell us about your background and experience? What is your role at Hausner and how long have you been here?
I am an Assistant Teacher in KA this year. I have been working in Early Childhood Development for over a decade. I have worked with children from ages ranging from newborn to seventeen. Over my years of teaching, I have taught many different things from parent-child classes to training new teachers and volunteers. It is my second year at Hausner and my first year in the Kindergarten class. Last year I was Assisting in TK and enjoyed the children so much that I moved up them this year.
2. What do you love most about Hausner?
I love that Hausner is such a safe, loving, and joyful place. It is a school that is so full of life and vibrancy. I feel that every day I am learning something new from the community here at Hausner and it is such a wonderful place where people can grow and expand their knowledge.
3. What inspired you to become a teacher?
As a child when people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up my answer was always a teacher. Growing up my younger brother had a learning disability and I saw firsthand what a difference an invested kind teacher can make. Those experiences at a young age brought me to the realization that if a person wants to make a difference the most effective way is as a teacher.
4. What do you hope your students will take away from their time in your classroom, both academically and personally?
I hope that the children in my class will take away a hunger for learning and exploring the world around them. Personally, I hope they will be confident in themselves and their ability to be a good friend and citizen.
5. What do you do when you’re not at work?
When I’m not at work I am a collector of hobbies. I have done various things ranging from gardening to soap making. When I’m not doing one of these hobbies my husband and I love doing day trips and exploring local areas. We also enjoy hiking, camping, and kayaking whenever we have the time for it.
6. What do you think you would do if you weren’t a teacher?
If I wasn’t a teacher I would probably do something where I would be working with animals. Another job I would probably have if I wasn’t a teacher would be to have my own coffee/book shop which would have live music in the evenings and display local artists' work.
7. What is your favorite Hebrew word or Jewish Holiday?
My favorite Hebrew word is “shalom”. I know that is probably the most common response to this question, love that it is both the Jewish greeting and parting. I feel that peace is one of the most wonderful things you can hope for a person and it says so much about this wonderful culture.