Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES)
Hear from Beth Petr about being a lifelong learner and inspiring this mindset in ACES student.
Meet Beth Petr
I chose to teach at ACES because there is no more rewarding job than to help children celebrate their uniqueness and special qualities, and foster a sense of hope and curiosity. At ACES you have the opportunity to work with a diverse population and amazingly dedicated and compassionate educators.
- Kindergarten Teacher
- 2020 ACES Teacher of the Year
- Nominee New Haven Network for Public Education
- Tariq and Asma Foundation Grant recipient
- ACES Sister School Grant Program
Teacher Certification Program
Why I Teach
I don't remember a time when I didn't want to be a teacher! As a young child I rallied up neighborhood kids to "play school." Even then I made learning fun and the kids kept attending. I would even choose to attend school in another state during my school vacations—that's how much I enjoyed learning. This love for learning effortlessly and naturally morphed into my love for teaching. I knew choosing education as a profession would provide opportunities for me to creatively bring learning to young minds, foster a life-ong love of learning within students and make a lasting positive impact on children's lives.
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