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Q&A with SA's New Kindergarten Teacher Holly Seifert

9 Questions with Holly SeifertWe are pleased to welcome Holly home to Sewickley Academy! A lifer member of the Sewickley Academy Class of 2001, Holly went on to earn her B.S. in Early Childhood Education at the University of Vermont and an M.S. in Education at Nova Southeastern University.

Since 2008, Holly has taught kindergarten at the Gulf Stream School in Florida, serving as a lead teacher and also coaching middle and high school lacrosse. Holly began her career at the University of Vermont Children’s Campus Center and subsequently worked at the Burlington Children’s space as a head preschool teacher.

Holly is committed to a hands-on, multi-sensory approach to learning that integrates ideas from Reggio Emilia and supports independence and autonomy with the support and guidance of highly skilled teachers. She is happy to partner with Karen DiMaio to co-teach one of our two Kindergarten sections.

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

HS: I was a lifer at SA and loved my experience here. I attended SA from Kindergarten through Grade 12 and had a wonderful experience. All of my teachers had such an influence on me and I made lifelong friends here. My teachers were a positive influence in my life for so many reasons, and the friends I made are still part of my life today. I wanted to be able to provide that opportunity for other children to experience. My goal is to help provide a positive school experience for the students in my classroom and in our community.

SA: What motivated you to become a teacher?

HS: I have always loved working with children. I used to stay after school to help with After Ours during my time at SA.  During college, I became more interested in the learning process of young children, and through my course work and experiences working in schools, I knew it was what I wanted to do for a profession.   

SA: What do you enjoy most about teaching?

HS: Since I began my journey as a teacher, I have always enjoyed being part of the process of students' learning and discovery. It is rewarding to be part of their experience as learners and to be able to watch them grow. I love seeing children discover new ideas on their own where I am the facilitator. True to my own philosophy and that of the Academy, children learn through exploration and discovery and I am happy to witness that happening every day.

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

HS: Always take the opportunity to discover and learn something new. Never stop learning, know that there is always more to learn and discover.

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

HS: Professional development and the students. I am also learning every day from the students and the teachers that I work with. I, like the kids, am learning through experience. 

SA: What was your favorite book as a child?

HS: I didn't really have a favorite book as a child.

SA: What is your favorite book as an adult?

HS: The one I'm currently reading. I love reading and there are too many to list.

SA: What are some of your interests/hobbies?

HS: I love being outside and moving my body - hiking, swimming, skiing, running.  I played lacrosse here at SA and at UVM, and I have coached and played on leagues since graduating from UVM. I am a BIG Steelers fan and enjoy watching and playing most sports.  I also enjoy traveling and spending time with my family and my friends.  

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

HS: I am looking forward to becoming part of the SA community and experiencing it from a different perspective as a former student and now an adult and educator.

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