I have been working in the field of early childhood education for over twenty years, including my twelve years as a preschool teacher at Henry Barnard School. Before my employment at Henry Barnard, I served as a director of a private preschool in Franklin. I also taught third grade and kindergarten.
Teaching preschool at Henry Barnard has provided me with a growing sense of accomplishment and excitement as I observe and listen to young children discover the world through constant questioning and a thorough exploration of their environment.
My classroom is center-based to provide my students with an environment that fosters play and active exploration. Play encourages a love of learning and develops the foundation for cognitive education, critical thinking and the growth of problem-solving skills.
As an advocate of the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education, I view children as powerful, intelligent, active participants in the world. They are protagonists of their learning. Besides creating an intentional environment rich in its potential to engage students, my role is to act as their partner in learning, scaffolding their learning by challenging them with open-ended questions, modeling desired behaviors and praising student success.