Happy Friday. The new school year is underway, and every two weeks we publish a Q&A with a teacher or staff member.

What better a way to kick things off than with everyone’s favourite Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Kaukinen.

What year did you start working at SMS?
1998

What is your favourite unit to teach?
I love a student’s excitement when they learn to read and write! The milestones achieved in Kindergarten are big–tying one’s shoes or making it across the monkey bars for the first time is a big deal!

What book do you give most as a gift?
Hmmm….it’s probably actually a blank notebook. It could be a journal, your to-do list, a way to track goals, anything you want it to be.

What other SMS staff member would you most want to be stuck on a deserted island with and why?
I have colleagues that I could talk to and laugh with for months without running out of things to say.

What is your favourite food & local restaurant?
I love burgers.

What is your hobby/obsession?!
My 9 year old twins.

What is your secret talent or superpower?
I teach Kindergarten! And I love it!

What is one thing you can’t live without?
Sleep.

What one piece of advice would you give to your younger self?
Worry less. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

What habit do you do everyday that you feel is integral to the success of your day?
A shower and a cup of coffee makes me a happier person. 🙂

Cat or Dog?
I’m thinking a pet rock is all I have time for right now….