Interview with Jennie Fitzkee from “A Teacher’s Reflections”

Interview with Jennie Fitzkee from “A Teacher’s Reflections”

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All about your BLOG:
Tell us about you lovely BLOG.

What is the name of your blog and how did you decide on your blog name?

My blog is titled ‘A Teacher’s Reflections.  Thirty Years of Wonder.’  It was a natural title, as I wanted to write about children, my years of teaching, and what really happens in my classroom.

What prompted you to start on this blogging journey?

I have always been passionate about telling parents not only what happens, but why it is important.  I wrote newsletters to parents all the time.  They weren’t the typical teacher newsletter to inform parents of what was happening- they were newsletters to teach parents through the stories of what happened with their children.  And, parents loved them.  People urged me over the years to share my stories with a wider audience.  So, I took the plunge and started a blog.  I’m so glad!

To date, what blogging achievement/s are you most proud of?

It’s not the awards that I revere, it is my followers and what they have to say. I know I’m making a difference. A professor of Early Education and Care at Tufts University and UMass Boston has my blog as “required reading” for his students. Really. One of my favorite stories is of one of his students who was tired, and upset that she had to log on and read my blog. She told her professor that after reading the first two sentences she was hooked.

How would you describe your own blogging style?

I am a storyteller.  I take a moment in my classroom and tell all about it, with passion.  When I write about reading aloud, or discovering music, or painting like Monet, I tell the whole story of what happened.  And, there is always a purpose.  My posts are almost a suspenseful heart-pounder. “Inspirational” is what my readers say.

What excites you most about blogging?

I can’t wait to tell a good story, and blogging is my platform.  The excitement is pounding the keys with fireworks coming out of my fingers because I have something wonderful and important to tell.  I know that might sound melodramatic, but that’s how it is.  Just ask my hubby!

What platform do you use and why?

I use WordPress, not a self-hosted site. They have the tools and talent and support I need. I’m not a techy, so this works well for me.

What genre/topic/theme do you blog about? Do you ever deviate from that theme?   

I blog about how children learn, what happens in a preschool classroom, reading aloud, diversity, teaching, books, art, and music… all related to young children.  The times I deviate from that theme are my own childhood experiences.

How often do you blog per week or month?

I post two to three times a week. I don’t have a set schedule.

Do you have any wisdom or tip/s regarding blogging to share with us? 

Yes, I do. When you are writing, think of your readers. Write for your readers. Read your fellow bloggers posts and reply. A ‘like’ is nice, and a reply is nicer. We are a community.

Do you participate in linkup parties? How do you feel about it? 

No, I do not participate. It may be a good thing for some bloggers.

Interview with Jennie Fitzkee from “A Teacher’s Reflections”

All about YOU:
Tell us something about you, the real YOU.

What do you like to do other than blogging?

Teaching young children is my passion, particularly reading aloud.  I do chapter reading to ‘captive audiences’ which teaches the mind and the heart.  I love tending to my flower garden.  The beach is my dream vacation, but I happily settle for a pool here in New England

Where do you reside?

I live in Massachusetts, close to the New Hampshire border.

Are you an indoor or outdoor person? 

I’m really both. The older I get the more I enjoy the outdoors. My screened-in porch is my favorite room in the house, like bringing the outside indoors.

Do you still work, and if so, what is your trade/profession? 

I teach preschool full time. This is my 34th year! Making a difference in early education is so rewarding and important.

Or are you retired? If so, what do you do besides blogging? 

I haven’t retired yet.  When that happens, I’ll be writing books, tending to my house and yard, and perhaps a bit of traveling.

Do you wish to be 20-something or the age you are now and why? 

Definitely the age I am now!  A favorite line in a song I’ve always loved is, “Oh I wish that I knew what I know now when I was younger.”  I feel I have the eyes and heart to really see, do, and perhaps make a difference along the way.

What makes your day a good and happy one? 

A good day is when something has happened in my classroom, even a small thing, and I have to rush home and pound away at the keys on my computer to write about it.  A bad day… not too many of those for this glass-half-full lady.  Typically it is when I am overwhelmed with too many things that have to get done.  I hate that.

Describe yourself in 3 words. 

Spontaneous, inspirational, funny.

Share with us 3 interesting facts about yourself. 

I was never read to as a child, yet that is what I now do.
I love your blog, although I am not keen on cooking, as I am a klutz and knock over, spill, and break nearly everything, so I give hubby the recipes.
I love to sing and dance.

Do you have any other tidbits to share with us about yourself?

My classes over the years have designed quilts that hang in museums, a Fisher House (look up Samuel Fisher-wow!) and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.  That is really something!  I am proud to have received a Teacher of the Year award a few years back.  My biggest pride is when my students return after they are grown to visit, share something, or just say thanks.

Last but not least:

Please share with us your social media links, in order for our readers to follow you!

Follow Jennie via Twitter: @jlfatgcs and Facebook

What are you waiting for I know you want to do it

What are you waiting for I know you want to do it

 I know you want to do the 20 + 1 Interview Questions I look forward to hearing from you! 

Interview with Jennie Fitzkee from “A Teacher’s Reflections”
28 Comments
  • Norah Colvin
    Posted at 05:12h, 07 August Reply

    Esme, this is a wonderful interview. Jennie is one of my favourite bloggers. Her work is inspirational. Also an early childhood teacher, I am in awe of her work. What a valuable contribution she is making to our world by educating young people from and for the heart.

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 06:30h, 07 August Reply

      Hello Norah, so good to meet another early childhood teacher and blogger here in our group. The two of you should meet up and work together and share your knowledge. May I ask if you would be interested to add and participate in an Interview here with us? I would love to have you on board here please and I am truly looking forward to hearing from you Norah.

  • MARLENE HERSELF
    Posted at 20:13h, 06 August Reply

    This was a lovely interview. I have been following Jennie for some time now though I’m older and have no grandchildren. Sometimes she inspires me in ways that bring me to tears. If more teachers were like Jennie, the world would be a different place and she doing so much to make it better. I look forward to every single post and learn so much from her almost like one of her students. Her blogs are always high caliber and they always warm my heart. I wish we could clone her and multiply her as she has the heart I wish all teachers had. I’ve learned a few new things about Jennie here so thank you for that. Marlene

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 20:50h, 06 August Reply

      Hi Marlene – Welcome here and so good to meet you. WOW, what a wonderful comment and tribute to Jennie. Yes, I agree, if we could clone her, schools will be so much better and our students will gain a tremendous richness. Marlene, I quickly popped over to your blog and ♥ it. Would you be interested to participate in an Interview here with me? I would love to showcase you and your blog. Please let me know, and I am looking forward to hearing from you again.

  • DGKaye
    Posted at 18:39h, 06 August Reply

    Fabulous interview with Jennie! I know when Jennie retires her school will be sad. But think about the rich books she could write! 🙂

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 19:32h, 06 August Reply

      Thanks for the share Debby and yes I will buy all those children books Jennie will write for my grand children

  • Teagan R Geneviene
    Posted at 10:10h, 06 August Reply

    Always wonderful to know more about Jennie. Hugs

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 11:59h, 06 August Reply

      Teagan have you submitted an interview as yet?

  • sally Cronin
    Posted at 08:19h, 06 August Reply

    Lovely interview Jennie and so you certainly bring all of us the joy of reading.. hugsxx

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 09:03h, 06 August Reply

      I am so blessed to have you all share your stories here with us. What an honor and privilege to showcase you bloggers

  • John Fioravanti
    Posted at 06:46h, 06 August Reply

    Wonderful interview, Jennie – you are a truly inspirational teacher and writer. I look forward to your books!

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 08:19h, 06 August Reply

      Thanks John, glad you visited and yes I would love to also invite you to do an Interview, what do you think???

  • Ritu Bhathal
    Posted at 05:41h, 06 August Reply

    A lovely interview with an equally lovely lady! <3

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 08:18h, 06 August Reply

      Thanks for visiting Ritu.

  • peter johnson
    Posted at 05:01h, 06 August Reply

    Wonderful to see Jennie featured, Esme. Every child should have a teacher like her. And as far as blogging goes, she is s real ‘community blogger’. Her comments are always relevant, (and welcome) and she does her best to keep up with everyone too, despite her busy routine. I have never met her in person, but I have no doubt that she is a lovely lady, and possibly one of the nicest people you could ever want to know.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 08:17h, 06 August Reply

      Thanks for your awesome comment on Jennie. I am sure she will appreciate it. Peter, how about you also participate and do an Interview with us? Please let me know if interested

  • Jennie
    Posted at 17:09h, 03 August Reply

    Thank you, Esme! It was an honor and a pleasure to be here. 😊

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 19:16h, 03 August Reply

      Thank you for your participation Jennie – This is so fantastic to have all you wonderful bloggers share your stories here with us. ♥

      • Jennie
        Posted at 04:26h, 04 August Reply

        You are most welcome, Esme. 😀

  • Jennie
    Posted at 17:07h, 03 August Reply

    That is so nice, Darlene. Thank you!

  • John Howell
    Posted at 15:43h, 03 August Reply

    Super interview Esme. I love Jennie’s blog and get so inspired by her stories.

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 19:17h, 03 August Reply

      Thanks, John, how about you come and also join us here and share your interview here with us. Please let me know if you would be interested

  • Darlene Foster
    Posted at 06:39h, 03 August Reply

    Jennie is one of my favourite bloggers. So pleased to see her here. A great teacher can make such a difference in a child’s life. The world needs more Jennies!

    • EsmeSalon
      Posted at 19:18h, 03 August Reply

      Thanks, Darlene, Yes it’s an honor to share all your stories, what about you?

  • EsmeSalon
    Posted at 06:08h, 03 August Reply

    Wish I had Jennie around fot our children or grandkids

  • Rachael Stray
    Posted at 04:20h, 03 August Reply

    Jennie sounds like an amazing teacher – I bet your kids love you!! Great interview.

    • Jennie
      Posted at 17:06h, 03 August Reply

      Thank you, Rachael!

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