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Ballston Spa teacher heads back to school

Greco's students are already settling into a schedule. After arriving at school, each student has a job to complete (updating the calendar, playing meteorologist or banker, for example) before attacking work on their desks. The morning is devoted to language arts, while the afternoon is time for math and special classes like gym or computer work.

"The day goes by really fast," said Greco.

Still, the transition from half-day kindergarten to a full-day schedule is jarring for some pupils. Greco said that with this year's implementation of full-day kindergarten, her students next year will probably be more ready to accept a longer day.

While there are always state and district standards and a curriculum to teach to, Greco said that getting the information across to students who often learn differently is the most challenging part of the job.

"Balancing what you need to teach with the developmental needs of these little people can be very challenging in the timeframe that you have during the day," she said. "But they still love to be here, and if you can make it fun, they're learning in spite of themselves."

At the end of the day, Greco says she is happy to be near her origins in Ballston Spa, and is happy to give back to the area that she grew up in.

"You can do so much for the community that you work and go to school in," she said. "There's a lot here to offer.""

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