Name: Michele Quigley
School: Hilton Head Island Elementary School
Years teaching: Five
What do you do on weekends? During the school week, I am usually up by 6 a.m. and out the door before 7 a.m. My morning tends to start around the same time on the weekend. That is, without the rushing out the door to beat school traffic part. Weekend time is generally allotted to catching up on non-school obligations, projects around the home I recently purchased, teaching Sunday school at my church, and enjoying time with friends and family. As the weather cools, I'll be spending more time in my garden, taking advantage of the countless bike paths in Hilton Head Plantation and cheering on the Gamecocks.
Finding a balance between professional and personal time is challenging, and for me, a constant "work in progress." So much of teaching goes beyond the curriculum and testing that is continuously making headlines. Not a day goes by that I do not think of my students, their needs, ways of better serving them and empowering them, experiences that I can bring into my classroom, and connections and resources I can utilize. Naturally, these activities also make their way into my weekends. More often than not, you can find me (and my colleagues) in the school or involved in school-related tasks for several hours every weekend. I trust and hope that the extra time and effort "behind the scenes" benefit the children and families that we serve.
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