TEACHER FEATURE: SAMANTHA IERULLO


1. What inspired you to become a teacher?
My high school French teacher, Madame Duval, inspired me to be a teacher. She encouraged us to be creative. For our summative assignment in twelfth grade, I did an interpretive dance to Celine Dion. No regrets!

2. Where are you from and where did you go to grade school and university? 
I’m from the city of Blue Jays, Raptors, and Maple Leafs (not Leaves). University of Toronto. 

3. How did you find out about SAS?
I connected with SAS while at an international job fair in London, England. 

4. What do you do at SAS? 
Part superhero and part pre-kindergarten teacher at SAS. 

 

5. Why did you ultimately decide that you wanted to work in the early learning center? 
The awesome part about working in a Reggio-inspired classroom is that a large part of our professional development comes from the children themselves. We learn about the children, and alongside the children. Each year is different because each year the children are different.       

6. If your students forget everything you taught them except for one idea or sentence, what would you like that idea to be? 
Children in the early learning center have an insatiable curiosity, an unwavering dedication to justice, and a humbling appreciation for the wonders around them. I'd like them to keep all of that magic. 

7. What would you like your students to remember five years from now?
We do a lot of singing and dancing in our class. I have this fantasy that one day I'll run into my students when they're all grown up and we'll see each other from across the room, and immediately break out into the "Chicken Dance". 

8. What have your students been learning? 
Our class has been investigating nature. Shikhar, Hub 3, predicted, "Nature is life." We investigated what this means, and challenged our assumptions through nature walks, caring for plants and insects, and a field trip to Bollywood Veggies. 

9. What's your favorite thing about working with early learning center students? 
When you're a teacher inthe early learning center, you're a rockstar. But instead of handing out autographs, you hand out high-fives.  
 
10. What would a perfect day for you be like? 
The perfect day would start with breakfast in Wakanda. Followed by lunch in Asgard. Then dinner on Starlord's spaceship, Milano.

 

11. Who are the teachers who inspired you when you were a student?
It's really a tie between two of the greatest teachers that ever lived: Master Jedi Yoda and Miyagi from The Karate Kid.  

12. To you, what is teaching?
Teaching is empowering others.

13. If you were to give your students one important advice, what would it be?
 I really think Dori said it best, "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming."

14. What are some of the most memorable places you've traveled to or lived in and why?
I've been fortunate enough to travel to the greatest place on earth—Hobbiton in New Zealand.  

15. Favorite part or thing to do in Singapore? 
My favorite part of Singapore is the MRT. 

16. What's your favorite memory at SAS so far? 
One day during recess, a girl in my class was roaring like a dinosaur. A boy from another class stopped her and said, "You're a girl. You CAN'T speak dinosaur." She stopped roaring, turned to him and said, "I AM a girl. And I CAN speak dinosaur." And this was pretty much the best day of my life. To all the people out there with daughters—never let anyone tell them they CAN'T speak dinosaur!


 

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