Hello. My name is John Lesniak.
When I was a kid, I would never have said, "I want to be a teacher." When I was five, I wanted to be a farmer, a cowboy, or a circus performer. (I would have been happy being a clown or a lion tamer or a penguin tamer.) When I was fifteen, I wanted to be a Nuclear Scientist, or a Biologist, or a circus performer. (I still want to be shot out of a cannon.) I tell people that I accidently became a teacher, which is the truth. I was working with terminally ill children; the people I was working for said I could have more responsibility if I had a degree in education. Even though I wasn't going to be a teacher, I needed to go through the process of, "student teaching." My student teaching was in a Kindergarten classroom at Steelton-Highspire Elementary School; it was there that I learned that I wanted to be a teacher. I also knew that I wanted to teach at Steelton-Highspire Elementary School. I am sure there are great kids throughout the world; however, I believe the greatest can be found in Steelton and Highspire. Presently, I am teaching Kindergarten; I LOVE TEACHING KINDERGARTEN! Students eyes pop open when they learn something new. Students have a boundless amount of energy which seems to transfer to adults. Students have a thousand questions and they genuinely want to know the answers to the questions. I love my students and I want them to be successful in life; I hope they know that.
While at Steelton-Highspire, I have taught everything from Pre-Kindergarten to 9th Grade Biology. I have worn many other hats; Math Coach (3 years), Coordinator of the After School Tutoring Program (6 years), Coordinator of the Summer School Academy (6 years), Student Council Advisor (6 years), and Chess Club Advisor (6 years). Presently, I am teaching Kindergarte for the After School Program and I am the loudest cheerleader for the Playground Committee.
I invite parents to stop in to the classroom and watch their children learn. I also encourage Parents to give me feedback. I belive that Parents are the most important teachers that their child will ever have.
I do assign homework. I do not assign busy work. The homework I assign is a supplement of what we are doing in class. The homework I assign is, "work," that I wish I could do with each individual child to guide the child correctly. Unfortunately, in a class of twenty students, there isn't always enough time to work individually with each child. Usually, the homework which is assigned is rote memorization of letters or handwriting of letters or students' names.
My goal, as a teacher, is to help my students make and reach their own goals. (I believe it is never too early to start learning the difference between short term and long term goals.) I also hope that I pass on a LOVE of READING and a FASCINATION with MATH to my students. (I also hope that Reading + Math = a PASSION for SCIENCE.)