My name is Carolyn Sumida and I am one of the Kindergarten teachers. I began my teaching career in Franklin-McKinley in 1982 at Hellyer School as a Kindergarten Teacher. I transferred to Dahl, which was then know as Hillsdale, in 1985 and taught Kindergarten here as well. Through the thirty-six years of my teaching career, I have taught Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten-First Grade combo, First Grade, and Second Grade, with Kindergarten being the grade I taught the most and have enjoyed the most. I now have the pleasure of teaching the children of my former students.
I wanted to be a Kindergarten teacher since my first day of school. I grew up in East Los Angeles, in a family of ten, my parents, four sisters, and three brothers. My parents were bilingual in English and Spanish and taught Spanish to my five older siblings, but being number six, everyone pretty much spoke to me only in English. Sadly, at that time, students were required to speak only in English at school. I wish that I had learned Spanish when I was young! I encourage all of my students to keep up their home language because it is difficult to learn a second language the older they get.
I was the second child in my family to attend college. I came to San Jose State because my older sister was going to college here. I graduated and received my teacher credential from SJSU and did my student teaching at Franklin School. I have taken many more courses and trainings through the years because I believe that it is important to be a lifelong learner and keep up with what is new both in Education and in my other interests.
On my very first day of college, I met the wonderful man who would become my husband six years later, as neither of our parents would allow us to get married until I had finished school. My husband Randy Sumida was a star judo competitor at SJSU when I met him. We have been happily married for almost thirty- five years. He has spent many hours helping me with class projects and volunteering here at Dahl. We have two daughters, Amy and Judy. Both of our girls attended school here at Dahl. They did so because we lived in Hollister and I wanted them close by but also because I knew that Dahl is an excellent school with great teachers and my children would do well here. And do well they did! Amy is a paramedic in a large county fire department in Southern California and hoping to enter nursing school to become a Life -Flight nurse. Judy recently graduated from nursing school at Drexel University in Philadelphia and was hired to work in Monterey. Maybe one day soon, they’ll give me some grandchildren.
In my spare time, I have been known to volunteer in children’s programs at my church, including summer camps. My family loves to camp in the Sierras every summer. I also love to garden and have a large home garden with twelve fruit trees. Having so much fruit, I am always in the kitchen making jams, pickles, spaghetti sauce, and other preserves. But if I am not cooking, then you will find me with a book in my hands, or reading one on my Ipad! (I still love the book in may hand best!)
Over the many years of my career, I have always felt that students do best when parents and teachers work together as a team, which brings to mind a favorite quote of mine. “Let us put our minds together and see what kind of future we can create for our children.”
It is my hope that I can help each of my students to achieve their best possible future.