When I learned about Henry Barnard School; I immediately felt a connection that I could not shake. I read about the Kindergarten focus on play-based learning and was relieved to find a quality school in Providence which shared my ideals. After years at an independent school and comparing that to my experiences in local public school classrooms, I have come to especially appreciate the opportunity to work at a unique place like Henry Barnard.
As a Kindergarten teacher, I am excited to expose our young learners to a wide range of topics. From mathematical concepts to mindfulness, our days are filled with opportunities to practice life-long skills. The emphasis on social and emotional growth is weighted as heavily as the academic. In an age where information is readily accessible, learners need an education that goes beyond memorizing facts and solving equations. In Kindergarten, we are providing a foundation for critical thinking, communicating, collaborating, and creative problem-solving.
As an early childhood educator, I plan developmentally appropriate lessons that challenge my kindergartners to foster the aforementioned skills. As an assistant professor, I stress the importance of addressing all of a learner’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs. As a teacher, I highlight respect and compassion to ensure a better tomorrow.