EVENT GIVES GIRLS PEEK AT MOM'S JOB.
Trying to keep a room full of children under control for a day, Devra Lane, 13, learned the fine points of patience when she paired up with her mom at Family Connection preschool Thursday.
Participating in the national Take Our Daughters to Work Day, the teen shadowed her mom, Sandi Lane, who teaches a class of 20 4- and 5-year-olds.
Devra, a seventh-grader at Sequoia Junior High, said she discovered being a preschool teacher is more than just baby-sitting.
``With a lot more kids, you can't just, like, put them to bed and go off,'' the teen said. ``You have to keep their interest all the time.''
Hoping to boost the girls' self-esteem, the Ms. Foundation for Women established Take Our Daughters to Work Day in 1993.
This year, roughly 5 million girls participated in the nationwide event, said officials from the New-York based foundation. Last year, nearly 40 million participants reported that their companies took part.
Lane said Thursday's experience taught her daughter what being a preschool teacher is really like.
``I think she thinks I just take care of kids,'' Lane said. ``But I don't think anyone really knows just how much a preschool teacher does unless they're here.''
Devra spent her day playing with children and reading them stories. She also helped out the kids with a recycling project.
While the experience was fun for the most part, at times, Devra said, the day dragged on.
``It was a long day. Everything goes by faster when I'm at my own school,'' she said.
Photo: (color) Devra Lane, 13, helps her mom, Sandi, during story time at Family Connection preschool as part of Take Our Daughters to Work Day.
Andy Holzman/Special to the Daily News