My name is Kyra Shields. I am a Kindergarten teacher. I am a first-year teacher with some experience as a third-grade teacher. I became a teacher because I think education is so important. I strive to lead all scholars in directions that will make them successful.  As a teacher, I yearn to create a safe learning environment where my students can feel encouraged and excited to learn, as well as offer my students resources and give them opportunities to grow academically and as a person. A teacher is a facilitator, tour guide, and mentor to scholars. I chose SVA because I love the family-friendly environment. I also love what the school has to offer and the involvement of staff. I love how it is focused on a personalized education for each student. And a fun fact about me is that I have a twin sister and I love painting and traveling.