Teacher makes a different student greet their classmates every day to foster a sense of community

"The school shootings have been a real eye opener. Maybe if some of those kids had felt like someone was on their side, things would have happened differently."
June 28, 2018 3:30 pm Last Updated: June 28, 2018 3:32 pm

Teaching at any level presents its own unique set of challenges. The different age groups, ranging from 5-year-olds all the way up to 18-year-old high school seniors, determine most of the obstacles teachers will have to overcome.

Texas kindergarten teacher Ashley Coston Taylor has been teaching for 18 years. And while she does well to keep the kids in order during class, it’s what she does before the school bell rings that is truly outstanding.

Taylor has a different student act as the ‘greeter’ each day.

The students are chosen to be greeters on a rotating basis. The duties are simple, but the teaching veteran hopes they will have a major impact on her students’ future.

Taylor has the day’s greeter stand outside of her classroom and welcome all of their classmates as they enter. Shaking hands and making eye contact are common, but the occasional hug has been known to make an appearance.

“When I see the direction the world is heading, it reminds me that what I am doing WILL make a difference!” Taylor said on Facebook.

The student in the video is Asher Bales, who has overcome a number of obstacles.

(Facebook/ Ashley Coston Taylor)

The road to greeter stardom wasn’t an easy one for Bales. The kindergartner has had to overcome some adult-sized hurdles recently.

On top of a few issues with his health, Bales has struggled to communicate in the past, and Taylor said he had to break through some verbal barriers this school year.

“Sadly, lots of kids (of all ages) come to school looking for that positive interaction that they may not have experienced at home,” Taylor said to the Star Telegram.

After nearly two decades in the classroom, Taylor loves her “littles.” She prides herself on creating an environment where everyone is welcomed and accepted.

The routine is intended to make students feel like someone is on their side.

(Facebook/ Ashley Coston Taylor)

“The school shootings have been a real eye opener,” Taylor said. “Maybe if some of those kids had felt like someone was on their side, things would have happened differently.”

“I understand there are lots of factors that play into those situations. But what if, you know?”

Taylor hopes her students, who spend most of their day learning the alphabet and their counting numbers, also learn how to be caring and compassionate people. The morning tradition is a small gesture, but she hopes it will have a big impact.

“Life can be hard for kids but it shouldn’t be at school!”

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Posted by Ashley Coston Taylor on Monday, May 21, 2018