Students from Hannah Scheidegger’s kindergarten class at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School embrace Elena Nunez after she sits at a back table to observe a lesson. After the hugs, Elena reminds the children to behave, saying, “Remember to be good! My magic eye knows when you are not.”
Elena confirms an appointment with second-grade teacher Kanicia Mays as students wait to return to the classroom after recess.
Elena talks to kindergartener Kaden Willis after he was sent out of class by his teacher for misbehaving. “Some people think being a teacher is easy,” Elena says. “It is not easy. You have to be a mom, a nurse and a psychologist when they come crying to you.”
Third-grade teacher Nicole Lee (from left) pauses as Elena translates a child’s behavior report into Spanish for Tania Aguirre and Wilfredo Valencia.
When the kids ask about the image on her phone's lock-screen, Elena explains that it is a picture with her late husband who passed away last year after a long illness.
Elena teaches Jobe Masumbuko, a kindergarten student at PBC, how to make the shape of a heart with his hands.
Elena returns to the cafeteria after a brief break during her two-hour shift managing the transitions between lunch groups.
Elena pauses to greet students in the hallway before checking on Hayley Neaceís second-grade classroom.
A student peeks around the door frame at Elena as she calls a Spanish-speaking parent regarding a follow up on a parent-teacher conference.
After work, Elena talks with her foster children, Ana Pérez (from left) and Catalina Brito, while holding Ana’s son, Levi Huertas. Once home, the family eats dinner together and recounts their day before going to bed.