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Jodie Cravens


Ms. Jodie Cravens

Where are you from? (where did you grow up and where did you last live)

I am originally from Los Angeles, California and have lived in a few different states. I was in Portland, Oregon for a year before coming to Pacific Beach.

High school and college experience (what schools you went to, favorite subjects and subjects of study in college)

John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California

BA in Early Childhood Education from The University of Arizona

MA in Community Art Education from Eastern Illinois University

Years of teaching experience (when you started and what you love about it)

I started working with children as a student helper in high school and continued working in education in different capacities over the years but became a certified teacher in 2019.

I love how dynamic teaching can be and the way it makes me feel. I am my best, most natural self in the classroom.

Areas of knowledge (What it is that you teach or loved in school, what you know about, what you are interested in)

Early childhood and art are my passions.

Early childhood education helps children develop important social skills that set them up for educational success. Quality experiences in early childhood have the potential to foster a lifelong love of learning.

I believe art is essential in education. The arts inspire students and promote development in creativity, problem-solving skills, self-confidence, and empathy.

Words of wisdom: (Anything that you would tell the students, life philosophies or advice you would give to them and to anyone)

Be yourself!

Favorite quote:

“Who knows the flower best? - the one who reads about it in a book, or the one who finds it wild on the mountainside?” ~ Alexandra David-Neel

How would you describe yourself and your hobbies and interests:

I am very curious and can do lots of things fairly well. Spending time in nature with my pup and eating good food with friends makes me happy.

Your KEY message for parents:

You are your child’s first teacher. I would like us to work together in support of their learning.

Some helpful ways to prepare your kindergarten for school:

  • Practice opening lunch containers, getting dressed and using the bathroom.
  • Work on managing emotions; the more self-control your child has, the more successful they will be in school.

It is going to be a great year and I am so excited to get to know our kindergarteners and their families!