Mother and Daughter teachers encourage student pen pals

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A mother and daughter teaching duo used their relationship to connect their students for a unique learning opportunity. 

Students in Christine Juozitis’ 3rd grade class at Thomas Jefferson Elementary in Binghamton each had a pen pal in her daughter Jessica’s 3rd grade class at Theodore Roosevelt.

After first communicating in September, the students finally met their pen pals at Roberson Museum and Science Center to explore the Nature Trek exhibit together.

Christine says it was her mother that got her into teaching, so to be able to collaborate with her daughter who followed in her footsteps is better than she ever could have hoped for. 

“Now we got to tie it all together and it’s just been so incredible. We share ideas, she’s given me just as much as I’ve given to her so it’s been really an incredible experience. It’s a dream come true I love it.”

Christine is in her 29th year teaching while this is Jessica’s first.

For the project, the students throughout the school year Face Timed and sent letters and cards to their pen pals.

The kids finished it off by working on a project with their partner that deals with animals in their habitats.

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