Shari Goldman

Shari Goldman

Lead Instructor

Shari moved from New York to Ponte Vedra 11 years ago with her husband and three daughters. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Brandeis University, and has six years of teaching experience: 5 years as the a lead pre-K teacher at Accotink Academy by the Sea and one year as lead VPK teacher at Collage Day School. She loves teaching and aspires to the quote, which says, “Teachers encourage minds to think, hands to create and hearts to love.” In her free time, Shari enjoys the beach, fitness and spending time with her family and friends.

Why I Decided to Become a Teacher:

My reason for becoming a teacher is quite simple – I enjoy being surrounded by children! I always have, whether I was babysitting, being a camp counselor, taking care of my nieces and then becoming a mom of 3 beautiful girls of my own. There was never a time in my time when I was not with little ones. When my youngest daughter went off to kindergarten, I realized that being with children makes me happy. I took that passion and turned it into my career as it seemed to be a very natural thing for me to do. I enjoy everything about teaching: listening, encouraging, helping and inspiring young children. I want to make a difference and that is why it is so important for me to teach these little ones to remember one little phrase – “to always have a caring heart”. Just a few simple words that could change the world – a world full of kindness, caring and acceptance.

How teaching has changed you:

I believe I was a rather patient person before I became a teacher. Well, I now have a new understanding of the word patience. I can now say, without a doubt, I am a very patient individual. I have learned that it’s okay if things do not always go according to a plan as that may be the perfect time to discover something new. Teaching has taught me the importance of having a sense of humor, having fun and to not be afraid to be a little silly.

Favorite parts of being a teacher:

My favorite part of being a teacher is the kids – their smiles, their giggles and their hugs. They make me smile and laugh. I love the moment when a child’s eyes light up with excitement as they tell me
something they learned. Teaching is exhilarating and exhausting, yet I cannot imagine it not being a part of my life.