A huge congratulations to our May Teacher of the Month, Christine Mura! While Ms. Mura -- or Ms. Christine as her students and families know her -- just recently made a move to Hilltop, she has over twenty-four years teaching experience, most of those years in the Blue Valley Early Childhood program. Ms. Christine was nominated by her Hilltop colleagues as the building nominee for Blue Valley Teacher of the Year for 2022. We are truly blessed to have her as a part of our excellent staff of teachers at Blue Valley.
Kendall Burr, Principal of Early Childhood Programs stated, “I’m so proud to have been on Christine’s hiring committee way back in 2001! She was the right choice then, and has served Blue Valley well over her distinguished career. She’s worked in at least four different schools and in different roles -- including helping to create a virtual preschool experience when no one really knew how to do that, and helping to lead curriculum design. We are lucky that Christine has made Blue Valley her professional home!”
Here’s a bit more about Ms. Christine Mura:
Q: Teaching Role with Blue Valley Early Education:
A: Blue Valley Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Hilltop Learning Center
Q: Education and years of experience:
A: BSE from KU, MSE from Emporia State, 24 years teaching experience
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I love to spend time hanging out with my friends and family, especially my son Jordan. He was a peer model in our program back in 2001 when I started in Blue Valley! I love to read/listen to a good book. I just joined Hilltop Rec Center so I’m looking forward to some great workouts right next door!
Q: What made you choose your profession?
A: My Mom was my kindergarten teacher so I guess you could say it runs in the family! I was actually going to be a physical therapist but it just didn’t click for me. When I started taking classes in education, I realized that I had found my passion.
Q: Is there anything that you wish you'd known in your first-year?
A: I wish I had known not to sweat the small stuff. It is easy to get stressed out when you are a first year teacher. Just focus on connecting with your students and families, create an inviting classroom environment, and try to make learning fun! If you do all of these things, the rest of what you need to do will eventually fall into place.
Q: What do you hope your students/families take away from their time with you?
A: I hope that I can make each child’s very first school experience a positive one. I hope that each child learns to be a good friend and is prepared to be a lifelong learner. I hope that by having an awesome early childhood classroom experience with me, it sets the stage for an amazing journey throughout the years at Blue Valley.
Q: Is there a learning tool, toy or piece of equipment you’ve found especially helpful?
A: I received a BVEF grant this year for sensory toys and materials for a “Calm Down” corner for my classroom, and the kiddos have LOVED the items we received!
Q: How can the PTA better support you?
A: Spread the word in the BV community about our awesome program!!