Jennifer Goodwin

True teachers use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross. Then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.

~Nikos Kazantzakis
This is a pinky swear between me and a student that WE were going to work together to help him succeed more than he had been. My students know how much I love them and they know that they can count on me.
This is Awards Day 2019 which is also always the last day of school. I had been these girls’ teacher since their first day of sixth grade and my first day at York Chester. We all cried. This is a testament to the relationships that I work hard to build with my students…COVID is trying to do its best to damage that. It won’t.
This is a photo I took on July 4, 2020. I used a Canon EOS Rebel T5i and a zoom lens. Photography is a hobby that I enjoy a lot, and I enjoy learning as much about it as I can.

I grew up in a home with parents who were both public educators. I watched them give all that they had, everyday, and still come home with enough left to give to my sister and me. I watched them be esteemed and held with high regard, and I watched them be terribly mistreated by parents and students alike. Through it all, they instilled in us a strong moral compass, a desire to learn, and a love for our fellow man through a grounded faith. It is because of them that I love to learn as much as I do and want the same for my students. It is my hope that they leave my classroom having learned a little about music. It is my passion that they leave my classroom having become a better, more loving person. I am grateful every day for the chance to mold and shape lives, as my mama and daddy did. I hope I make them as proud as they have always made me. (My father passed away suddenly on October 7, 2015. He was retired from public school, but still teaching at the local private school. To this day, he is the winningest baseball coach at my high school alma mater.)

My precious parents…literally the best teachers I’ve ever had