Playworks Massachusetts Teacher of the Month, Ms. Keeper

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Ms. Keeper is a rock star first grade teacher at the Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester working alongside Playworks Coach Miriam. She embodies Playworks core values and helps Coach Miriam to take the lessons or skills that are focused on during individual classroom Playworks time back to her classroom. Ms. Keeper is a big fan of minute movers during her morning meetings because she understands the importance of integrating play into the school day. She knows that play is a critical building block for her students to gain the social and emotional skills necessary for success. She can be found playing alongside her students throughout the school day, building incredibly strong relationships with her students.

For Halloween at school this year, Ms. Keeper and other teachers on the first grade team dressed up as rock, paper and scissors to model the importance of that conflict resolution skill for the students. She is always advocating for them to use that to solve conflicts they are having both in and outside the classroom. Ms. Keeper is committed to Playworks and the difference we are making at her school and can often times be found advocating for Playworks as she sees the impact it has in her classroom. She is actively changing the school culture and helping to make it a fun, playful, and supportive environment. With her playful personality and dedication to play at the Neighborhood House Charter School, Ms. Keeper helps energize education for all.

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