by Tricia Kennedy
This fall, Shelburne Community School (SCS) welcomed Ketura Rich into the Essential Early Education program. (EEE). Rich joins the school as a pre-K teacher and also acts as the Early Childhood Special Educator, working with children outside of the program. She brings a variety of experience in special education, having most recently taught in Burlington’s EEE program.
Rich was born in Burlington and raised in White River Junction, and is one of seven children. She has lived in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New Zealand and eventually made her way back to Burlington, where she currently resides. Rich earned her Master’s from UVM in early childhood special education.
She states that becoming a teacher felt like the “natural path” for her, as she genuinely loves working with children and thrives in environments where she can interact with people frequently. Rich studied English at Keene State College in New Hampshire where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. She still finds much joy in reading and writing and is currently working on short stories about her travels. She considers herself an adventurist and can be found on her bike, soaking up all that this “beautiful area has to offer.” She loves to view and create art and enjoys painting, crafting, and making collages.
When asked what excites her about teaching she stated that she loves “watching kids make connections about their world. In early education, play is the work of a child and the vehicle through which they learn about themselves, other people, and the world around them, so creating meaningful experiences for them to explore is part of the fun.”
Rich is enthusiastic about SCS’s welcoming, caring treatment of the teachers, staff, and students and feels appreciative of the wealth of programs the district offers. She is thankful to be part of such a compassionate team and feels fully supported by her co-teacher, Liz, as well as the classroom’s para-educators, Lucy and Kay. Rich states that she loves witnessing the “mutual learning that takes place between kids and adults throughout the school day.”
Rich hopes to incorporate added music and movement activities into her classroom, and happily anticipates spending time with the children on field trips. She says she is truly “looking forward to building upon a fun, happy, safe environment” for her students.