March 2021 Student Spotlight – Amber Dash

I was born and raised in Florida.  I currently live and teach in the historic town of St. Augustine.  I love to travel.

I began my career in early childhood soon after my son was born.  Oliver is now nearly 3-years-old.  I teach a small preschool class and love every second of it.  It makes my day to see how much these children love to come to school in the mornings.  Our favorite time together is circle time.  This is where we read, sing and learn before we begin our day.  We usually review the day of the week, the month, the colors, our numbers 1-10, our names, the alphabet, shapes, body parts, animal sounds as well as any other lesson that goes along with our class theme for the week.  We read between 3-5 books and sing songs that correlate with our weekly lesson, then we get up and dance before we play outside.  This is the time of the day I get to bond the most with my class, although I’m convinced their favorite part is lunch. Working with children has changed my perspective on life.  These children make my heart whole.  Watching them grow is the most rewarding aspect of my job.

This past year I’ve successfully completed my Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) courses with ChildCare Education Institute.  I plan to continue my education by obtaining my Director’s Certification with CCEI as well.  I would absolutely recommend ChildCare Education Institute to anyone looking to start their career in early childhood education. With my busy schedule, I needed courses that were flexible and informative.  The FCCPC courses were a great way to learn an immense amount of information in such a short period of time.  I now feel like I am a more well-rounded teacher because of the training I received.  CCEI was the right choice for me because I felt I could grow in my career through the program.  The student services team was helpful and friendly and they were always ready to answer any questions I had.  The coursework itself was divided into sections and organized in a way that was easy to comprehend.

My passion for children grows more and more everyday and I encourage everyone to live like a child every once in a while.  You’ll be surprised at how differently you view the world.