Who am I?
My name is Paula St. Germain and I have been in the early childhood field for over 30 years. I started off as an Aide in a Toddler program at the YMCA. I've worked with infants as young as 6 weeks and children in their preteens. Now I'm the director of a Before and After school program at a Catholic elementry school on the East Side of St. Paul. I'm orginially from Chicago and I'm a wife and mother for a college Freshman and a high school Junior.
How did you find FORM?
Carolyn Paetzel approached my husband, a few years back, to attend one of the FORM gatherings, to give a male as well as a father's prospective on parenting. Because Carolyn and I worked together he asked me "What is FORM? Since I wasn't working with Carolyn at the time, I was just as curious, so we both attended a few gatherings! Because of scheduling and commitments, my husband isn't able to attend as many of the gatherings as I have but, we both enjoy the input of others and adding to the conversation as much as possible.
What aspect of the Educaring® Approach resonates with you the most and why?
That we as caregivers can create an environment for children that allows them to become an active participant. Giving children the power to be leaders and we as caregivers are allowed to follow!
What are you most grateful for?
Being allowed to be a part of some many lives from the children to the parents to the teacher and co-workers I've gotten to know over the years.
What is one thing you do for yourself? Or what would you like to do for yourself?
I get to have movie night with my kids. No matter what I'm doing, if they say "what movie should we watch?" I call out the titles of the top musicals or Disney films I like to watch. Luckily, my kids enjoy them as much as I do :)
If your life was a book or song, what would the title be?
The Only Real Adult in the House
What was your favorite book as a child?
Unfortunatly, I hated reading as a kid. I prefered being outside. But, in my late teens I read a mystery novel titled; Loves music, Loves to dance, and just fell in love with reading after that!
What teacher inspired you the most? How?
My first grade teacher, Mrs Williams. She was a beautiful, tall woman that was so gentle, warm, and caring. I wanted to be a teacher just like her.
What 3 words best describe you?
Patient, Patient, Patient!
What is the best question anyone has asked you?
"How do you do it?"