What do I love about working at Baymonte?
by Catherine Upton
Baymonte is FUN!
F is for Family
Baymonte is like a family. As a staff, we pray for each other, genuinely care about each other and often spend time together outside of school.
I also feel like the students are part of my family because I get to know them from a young age and watch them grow up. I love being able to work with preschoolers and kindergarteners and watch them grow into wonderful elementary children before they blossom into young adults as middle schoolers. I love being able to work with all ages of kids and getting to know the entire student body. I also enjoy making connections with parents and families. Over the years Baymonte has become like my extended family.
Baymonte had an impact on my own kids as well. Both attended Baymonte and are now in their twenties. Some of their closest friends today are ones they met at Baymonte many years ago.
U if for Ultimate
One of my ultimate passions is fostering a love of books and reading. I personally love reading and children’s and young adult books are my favorite books to read. Sharing this love with students is very rewarding. There is nothing like the smile on a kid’s face when you hand them the book they have been waiting for. Or seeing a reluctant reader become an avid reader when I recommend a book, series or author that they might like. I have had parents come to me years after their children have left Baymonte to tell me, “Thank you for recommending that book. It got my child to finally enjoy reading.” I am thankful for being able to share my love of reading and books with Baymonte students.
N is for Nourish
I feel privileged to have been part of the educational and spiritual nourishment of young people at Baymonte for the past 15 years. Recently, one of my favorite activities has been doing story time for the preschools. Reading great stories, laughing, singing, and sharing early literacy activities with the little ones is so much fun. I also love promoting literacy to the elementary and middle school with the Scholastic Book Fairs and the Baymonte Summer Reading Program. Being able to select and purchase a wide range of books that are for pleasure, educational enrichment, or just great reading material is one of the best parts of my job.
Baymonte is a FUN place to work and I am thankful for the wonderful teachers, staff, students, and families I have had privilege of working with for the past 15 years.