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Patience and grace are so important
Patience and grace are so important
Posted on 09/22/2020
Jozefiak FamilyUCS Profile: Jozefiak Family

Tell us a little bit about your family?

Our journey began 19 years ago when we met at Central Michigan University.  I (Sara) am originally from the west side of the state and my husband David was raised in Shelby Township.  He was the 2nd generation to attend UCS and our three children are now the 3rd generation.  I am a second-grade teacher in the Troy School District and David is a Certified Financial Planner.  He owns his own independent financial firm called Next Degree Financial.  Henry & Clara are twins in the 4th grade and Wyatt is in 2nd grade.  All the kids enjoy reading, playing outside, and spending time with family/friends.  Wyatt & Henry love to play football and Clara loves to dance.  Our family attends St. John Vianney Catholic Church and Wyatt will make his First Holy Communion in 2021.

What are you most excited about this year? How about your students?

As a family, we look forward to returning to in person learning.  We appreciate how hard our teachers & principal are working in the virtual setting.  Our children are excited to be back with their friends at Crissman, their home away from home.

What are some of your hopes for this year?
We have the same hope as many families.  We want our children to grow and excel academically.  We also want them to have a healthy social and emotional wellbeing.

Remote is a bit of a different start. What are some things you and your family are doing to get prepared?
One thing that we noticed is so helpful is developing and sticking to a routine.  We have found that as a family we do better with things being predictable and our children appreciate a routine.  Another thing that we have found to be helpful is to prepare for school the night before as if they are physically going to school the next day.

What advice would you give families who may be uncertain about the new year?
I (Sara) have had the opportunity to see both sides of the computer screen as a teacher and a parent.  The best advice I would give to other families is to be patient with your teacher and give grace to all.  Education looks extremely different and things are changing by the minute.  Your teacher is working numerous hours to help your child succeed.  One new task, such as sending out a link to a program for your child may take a teacher 30 minutes or more because of technology glitches etc.  Teachers want to be with your child and hope to be very soon. This is out of everyone’s control.  Patience and grace are so important.