Appreciating Teacher Amber Riess

May 9, 2018 10:12 by Kelly

“I love teaching, I love my job, I’m excited to come to work every single day,” said Amber Riess, O2B Kids Hunters Crossing VPK teacher.

Riess has been teaching 4 and 5 year olds at O2B Kids for almost three years. She says she has wanted to be a teacher as long as she could remember. “When I was younger, I was always the mothering type and wanted to work with kids,” said Riess, “My teacher at the time told me I should become a teacher when I grow up, ever since then I decided that’s what I wanted to pursue.

She says her favorite part about teaching at O2B Kids is their “edutainment” system. “The resources we are given is incredible,” said Riess, “Kids are free to do what they want creative wise and have unlimited options. They are so proud of their work when they are done, it’s an awesome feeling to see.”

She says she loves teaching this age group, but it’s bittersweet to see them leave for kindergarten. “These children aren’t even mine and I am so sad to see them graduate,” said Riess, “I’ve grown so attached to them since they have started.”

When asked what her favorite memory has been this school year, Riess light up and said, “The Leprechaun!” A couple weeks leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, one child per day would wake up with a single yellow band around their wrist and they had no idea where it came from. “Every day they would freak out, and I would say maybe it’s the Leprechaun, so the day before St. Patrick’s Day we set up a trap with chocolates inside, and the very next day the trap moved and there was a single yellow band inside,” said Riess, “Then, I said lets go to sleep and see what happens. When they woke up, every single child woke up with a yellow band around their wrist and lost their minds! They talked about that for a month.”

Riess says it’s those special moments and seeing the progress her students make over one year that make her job so rewarding. “I know it sounds cheesy, and it is cheesy, but to see my students who have never written their names then learn to write their full name is absolutely incredible,” said Riess, “I’m like I taught you that! I taught you this huge life skill that you will use the rest of your life.”