It’s hard to believe that summer is already winding down and back-to-school season is upon us! Teachers all across the country are preparing lesson plans in anticipation of their new classes of students. Is it any wonder that they need shoes with arch support to help get them through story time, lunch and recess?
We spoke with Ms. Ashley, a teacher at a Montessori school in Orinda, CA, about her experience in education, and the importance of comfortable shoes for teachers!
Firstly, what drew you to teaching?
I love the curiosity and wisdom that children possess. Particularly in the preschool years, children are constantly making observations and discoveries about their surroundings, and it is inspiring see the world through their eyes. I absolutely love coming to school each day.
What is the most demanding part of your job?
For me, the greatest challenge is providing each child with the type of learning experience that most appropriately suits his or her needs. Everyone is so unique, and although one teaching technique might work brilliantly for one child, the next child might learn best with a completely different approach. Switching gears so often gets tricky!
What grade do you teach, and how active is your job? Are you chasing after kids and standing all day?
I teach preschool, which is definitely an active job! Our campus is quite expansive, so we are constantly moving and running around. Yet another reason why comfortable shoes are a must!
How did you first come to hear about Vionic shoes?
I first discovered Vionic a few years ago when I was working in fine dining and needing a fashionable but supportive shoe to wear during service. I was thrilled to find Vionic!
As a teacher, what do you look for in a shoe?
Support is always a priority. I have high arches, and running around all day in unsupportive shoes is painful and just not worth it for me. At the same time, I want my outfits to be chic and put together, and a great shoe definitely makes or breaks an outfit!
We love the way Ms. Ashley styled our Sterling bootie and Kea sneaker! Are you a teacher on your way back to school this month? Take a look at our new arrivals for the best shoes for teachers that will get the year started off right!