Central Elementary School
Soaring to New Heights in Academics and Character
Emily Sisk-Layman, Principal
600 Picard Avenue
Belen, NM 87002
I have been an educational instructor in the Belen Schools since 1974. I have taught the grades of second, third, and fourth. After a brief retirement of 1 1/2 years, I returned to teaching and am now in my seventh year at Central Elementary.
Children are eager to learn. This is evident from the time of birth. Parents are the beginning teachers who shoulder the responsibility to teach and keep that inquisitiveness alive. The schools begin to share that responsibility when children enter the public school system. The schools and parents must share this great job: not one or the other is solely responsible.
School has to be a safe place for children to be. They must feel physically safe, emotionally safe, and safe to explore to learn!
Learning is a process. Children learn at different rates and levels and must feel good about themselves where they are performing, if they are honestly working towards their potentials. They must also be guided and have expectations put upon them. My goal is to raise the expectations of all students so they want to excel and want to learn. This can then lead into becoming an independent learner. An independent learner can use the resources from their surroundings to problem solve in all aspects of life.
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