My name is Brook Kaufman and I am a Pre-K teacher at Jesup Elementary. I graduated from Wapsie Valley High School in 1999. After High School I attended Kirkwood Community College for two years and then transferred to the Univeristy of Northern Iowa to complete my teaching degree. After graduating from UNI in the fall of 2004, I substitute taught for one semester in the Jesup, Waterloo and Denver Community School Systems. This is my seventh year of teaching, and I think these little ones teach ME something new every day!! Jesup Elementary is such a great place to work. All of the teachers and staff are friendly and always have a smile to share!
My husband and I live in Cedar Falls. We have a two year old daughter. She is the love of our lives! We have a dog named Coda who brings laughter and frustration to our lives daily. :) In our free time we enjoy spending time outside, watching movies, grilling out, and working on various projects around the house.
Our classroom para-professional is Mrs. Rigdon. She has been with me since my first year teaching in Jesup. Before moving to Pre-K she helped with other various responsibilities as an Elementary Para. She is wonderful and we treat her as though she is another teacher in the classroom. We love having her in our classroom!
"I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my personal approach that creates the climate. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or deescalated and a child humanized or dehumanized."
WHAT POWERFUL WORDS!