Meet Alison Ford: She is loving, consistent, joyful and rigorous. She holds high expectations and is a rock on the founding team at ChangeMakers Academy.
"Ms. Ford embodies a love for her students that we can all learn from!! Her efforts despite challenges is inspiring!"
"Alison is a joy to be around and is a truly invested and engaged teacher. She is the one I turn to for advice about classroom management and for any additional resources. She is selfless and I am so blessed to work alongside such a wonderful educator."
"Ms. Ford is a dedicated, patient, resilient and thoughtful educator. She builds incredible relationships with families and supports all her students academically and socio-emotionally. Ms. Ford continually seeks feedback and strategies to grow because she believes in being the best she can be for her students. She isn't deterred by challenges, but instead comes up with solutions. She sees her students holistically and goes the extra mile to support them in whatever way she can! Ms. Ford's students are so fortunate to have had her as their teacher this year!"
I always admire Alison's patience and calmness; even through difficult situations. She handles everything with grace. She's amazing!"
All about Alison:
I grew up in Suisun City, California, where I lived with my parents and my younger brother. For college, I attended Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. That was my first experience on the East Coast, and I loved living through all of the seasons. While attending Bucknell, I played Division 1 softball for the Bison. I was able to travel a lot with the team, even back to California to play. After graduating with my degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, I moved back home to California to be closer to my family. Since being back in California, I got a job working in the Vallejo School District, and have coached softball for many age groups. Outside of the classroom, I love to play softball, explore the outdoors, spend time with my family, and try new places to eat.
A recent interview with Alison:
What is your favorite thing about being a Kinder Teacher at CMA?
My favorite thing about being a kinder teacher at CMA is the collaboration. I work with an excellent team of teachers, and we are always working to find new ways to make our lessons engaging. I also love teaching our youngest scholars. It is very rewarding to know that I am their first teacher at CMA, and I am helping set their educational foundation.
What was your favorite subject growing up?
My favorite subject was always writing.
Did you always think you were going to become a teacher?
When I entered college, I was planning on going into psychology. But growing up, I was surrounded by education, as many of my family members were teachers. When in college, I began taking courses in education, and was able to re-realize my passion for teaching.
Favorite candy bar or sweet treat?
I love chocolate and caramel.
If you could go on a dream vacation, what would you do + where would you go?
My dream vacation would be to take a cruise through the Mediterranean. My grandma is from Italy, and I have always wanted to explore that part of the world.
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area (or specifically about Vallejo!)?
I love the Bay Area for its diversity. Wherever you go, there are differences in food, music, celebrations and culture. I also love the foggy weather.
What is one fun fact that most people don't know about you?
I am deaf in my right ear!
Make sure to visit Alison's room when you visit ChangeMakers Academy!!