NAME: Andrea Squiers
SCHOOL: Davis Drive Elementary School
CLASS: Third Grade
SCHOOL PHONE: (919) 387-2130
My name is Andrea Squiers and this is my 27th year teaching. I am originally from Portland, Maine (it’s cold there) and so about 14 years ago, our family moved to North Carolina (much warmer!). I have a wonderful husband, Kurt, who directs TV commercials, and two beautiful children, Normandy (24), who is a graduate of UNCW and is hoping to follow her mother’s footsteps to become a teacher, and Gage (19), is a Sophomore at UNCW, who very well may follow into his father’s footsteps! And oh yeah, we have a Boxer-Beagle named Precious, who is one crazy mutt, but we love her anyway. I love spending time with my family, traveling, gardening, walking & hiking, reading, movies, eating (healthy), playing sports, and watching our beloved Boston Red Sox.
Mrs. Squiers Philosophy
Throughout my many years of teaching, I have created a classroom in which children feel confident that they will succeed no matter their economical status, cultural background or learning deficit. My philosophy is that a teacher should be a guide for the students. Teachers should encourage children to collaborate on tasks to complete a common goal. Children should be creative and able to try new approaches to solve everyday problems. As the teacher, you must be prepared and able to allow the students to lead discussion groups, think critically to solve tasks, and supply them with the tools to be successful. Learning can only take place if children feel they are listened to and valued by both their peers and their teacher. Communication between the teacher and the student is a necessity. Children must feel self-confident to share thoughts, questions, ideas, and come up with solutions to become successful adults. I don’t view my occupation as a job, but as a gift. I get the chance to shape these young minds into individuals who want to make the world a better place to live in environmentally, politically, medically and socially.