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Justin Bailey – Early Childhood Assistant

Justin Bailey

Biography

I help teach the Pre Kindergarten class here at Roycemore. I consider myself a Jack of All Trades here at Roycemore, because I started out working as a camp counselor (which I still do during the summer), before transitioning into a teacher’s assistant. I participate in the EDP program and once upon a time I was the school bus driver (more like van driver). So I have done a few things around the school as the years have quickly accumulated. I originally started in the Junior Kindergarten class but now I am with the youngest of the school bunch. It has been such a pleasure working with the little ones as crazy as it can gets, as it keeps me on my toes. I was originally born here in Evanston, IL, however I love to go around and see new places. I have lived here in Evanston, I went to school in Carbondale, before moving to Orlando, FL. After living in Florida, I came back for a while and then moved to San Diego, CA where things couldn’t be more beautiful. But after a while of traveling back and forth between here and California I was offered a position during the school year. And it’s been safe to say that it’s never been the same since. 

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

One of my favorite things to think about, is the idea that we are all teachers and students because we are always interchangeably teaching people as well as learning about life. So it’s amazing that I’m actually getting paid to do what we all do for free. I think it’s also rewarding being able to provide a diverse outlook from what the kids are used to. 

Why Roycemore?

I am so happy I decided to stay and be a Griffin to be able to see so many kids grow and meet so many wonderful teachers and kind human beings. I have never been to a place where everyone genuinely cares about everyone. From the first day I started everyone has been so sweet and kind to me. I never want to leave.