When Jason Nguyen pictures his future kindergarten class, he wants students to feel one of two things: either they are inspired that they want to become a teacher or that the classroom is their safe place where they can be themselves and feel at home.
He also sees color – lots and lots of color.
“I want it to look like a Disney movie where the kids are ready to learn and have fun. I also want to have a corner that is opposite of a time-out corner. I want to have a cool-down corner where any child that feels stressed out, anxious, tired, etc., can just go to the cool-down corner where there are toys, books, and anything to have them at ease,” he explained.
Nguyen is currently studying in Elementary Education with a Concentration in the Arts and a minor in Counseling at the IU School of Education. He was inspired to become a teacher because of educators he had in the past – especially his fifth grade math teacher who made everyone feel welcome and excited to come to her class every day.
When Nguyen was a senior in high school, he participated in a cadet teaching program and had the opportunity to teach in a kindergarten classroom, cementing his plan to teach that grade.