Who am I?
Hi, my name is Khara and I’m an infant caregiver at Fraser School. I have been working as a teacher for many years, but have only worked with infants in the past year and a half. In this time, I have been learning about the Educaring approach and trying to implement it into my work as much as possible. The changes I have seen in my relationships with the children and in my attitude toward work have been overwhelmingly positive.
How did you find FORM?
My former co-worker and good friend (Susie) first introduced me to FORM and the Educaring® Approach. I started attending meetings with her when I first started working with infants and have attended several meetings since then. I find that I walk away from each meeting with a greater understanding for the Approach and a new goal for how to implement it in my work.
What aspect of the Educaring® Approach resonates with you the most and why?
The basis of respect is what resonates with me most. It just feels good to treat infants like humans, with respect and trust. It feels good to connect with them on a deeper level, trying to understand what their reality is and how it is similar to my own. When I think about talking to and holding infants the way I would like to be talked to or handled, it makes it much easier to know what to do and to feel confident that this is a positive way to interact with them.
What are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for the support network I have of caring, supportive, and positive people around me. It is so much easier to get through difficult times and appreciate good times with these loving and wonderful people. They teach me, inspire me and help me to keep growing.
What is one thing you do for yourself? Or what would you like to do for yourself?
I have learned that making time for joyful and challenging mental and physical activities contributes greatly to my overall health and happiness. These activities include rock climbing, yoga, reading, hiking, painting and spending time with friends and loved ones. I try to do one of these things every day.
If your life was a book or song, what would the title be?
The Greatest View Comes After the Hardest Climb
What was your favorite book as a child?
Curious George! I related so much to his curiosity about the world and need to climb everything (and the chaos that ensued!)
What teacher inspired you the most? How?
My 9th grade Civics Teacher, Ms. Case, inspired me most because she taught me to dream big, work hard, and accept myself and others for who they are. She helped me see the beauty in each person’s journey.
What 3 words best describe you?
Lifelong-Learner, Adventure, Caring
What is the best question anyone has asked you?
What did you learn from this experience?