For the month of May, we’re celebrating the hard work and committed spirit of Ms. Kayla Copsey-Mazur! At the Academy, she works as P4’s primary directress.
Q. What do you enjoy most as a teacher at CBMA?
I love working in a small school. I love knowing all of the staff, and many of the families beyond Primary 4. I really feel like we get to embody the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child.”
Q. What is one of your hidden talents?
I can untie almost any knot. It comes in handy when sewing work gets tangled up!
Q. Do you have a funny teaching memory?
Not really a memory, but just something funny. Sometimes at the end of the day when I’m taking children to aftercare I’ll say “let’s go kiddie-cats!” They always laugh and yell “we’re not kitty-cats!!” The pun is lost on them, but we all get a good laugh anyway!
Q. What would the students be surprised to find out about you?
They are often surprised when I tell them I’m married and don’t live with my mom and dad.
Q. What’s a typical Saturday night like for you?
Most Saturdays I’m either relaxing at home, out to see a movie with my husband, or enjoying a meal with friends.
Q. What are some pets you’ve had or would like to own?
I currently have a dog named Bane and a cat named Leo. Bane is a rescue from Detroit, and Leo is a rescue from Chicago! My husband and I would love to adopt another dog in the future.
Q. What’s your favorite city and why?
As a Michigan native, I have a lot of love for Detroit, even though I’m not from Detroit. Detroit’s got a lot of history and a lot of heart. There’s so much to love! The Fox Theater, Detroit Institute of Arts, Belle Isle, the Heidelberg Project, Motown Records. I mean, who doesn’t love a Motown classic? And sorry Chicago, but I’d take a Detroit Coney dog (Lafayette’s) over a Chicago dog any day.
Q. What is your favorite children’s book or what book from your childhood have you never forgotten?
I love books, and as the daughter of a reading specialist there was no shortage of good children’s books in our house. One of my (many) favorites that I read recently is, Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. It has a lovely message and beautiful illustrations and might inspire a few bat lovers along the way.
Q. What is your first memory as a student?
My very first memory of school is of my baby brother throwing sand in my face on my first day of kindergarten. I guess it was pretty traumatic at the time if I still remember it. Or I’ve just heard the story from my mom one too many times!