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Q&A With SA's New Director of After Ours Khala Wade

9 Questions with Khala WadeKhala Wade comes to Sewickley Academy with a wealth of experience working with children and managing programs. She has worked with children in support of their academic, social, and emotional needs at the Sewickley Valley YMCA, and at The Children’s Community, where she served as Assistant Director providing organizational oversight as well as a lead teacher. Khala has a B.A. in Spanish from Slippery Rock University and is currently working on her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education at Edinboro University. Khala looks forward to making good use of her skills and experience in her work with our After Ours students and their families.

SA: Why did you choose to work at Sewickley Academy?

KW: I chose to work at SA because I needed a change from the traditional school setting. I wanted to try something new and working at SA was the perfect opportunity.

SA: What motivated you to become a teacher?

KW: I have had a passion for teaching ever since I was young. I always played "teacher" with my little sister and stuffed animals so I have wanted to be in this position for as long as I can remember.

SA: What do you enjoy most about teaching?

KW: I love being around students. Students don't place limitations on themselves like adults do, and they allow themselves to be creative in almost all areas of their lives which is something that inspires me.

SA: What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class(es)?

KW: I want students to learn how to love and be themselves regardless of anything else. Self-discovery is of the utmost importance.

SA: How do you keep current with the subject areas you cover?

KW: I am constantly doing research and taking classes. Right now I am pursuing a master's degree in early childhood education because I want to continuously find ways to become a better teacher.

SA: Favorite book as a child?

KW: "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss.

SA: Favorite book as an adult?

KW: The Bible.

SA: What are some of your interests/hobbies?

KW: Doing nonprofit work in my community, volunteering at my church, and watching Netflix are my favorite hobbies.

SA: What are you most looking forward to this school year?

KW: Getting to know the students and familiarizing myself with the school culture.

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