Ms. Gemma Riccio

Ms. Gemma Riccio

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Before employment at Henry Barnard School in 2005, I was a faculty of St. Therese College, Iloilo City, Philippines. I relocated to Rhode Island in 1992 and ultimately pursue my passion for teaching by going back to school. Eventually, I was hired as a substitute teacher at Cranston and East Greenwich Public Schools. Also, I also served as the Preschool Headteacher at Y’s Owl Nursery School, and Preschool/Kindergarten teacher at Stork’s Nest Child Academy. I have been in the field of education for two decades.

My early childhood teaching experience and training have been geared toward providing young students with exciting materials that encourage exploration and curiosity. I listen to and observe the children’s topics of interest, and then I create a lesson plan that reflects on what they understand. The children then build on that knowledge by the further investigation at different learning centers, reading related literature, inviting an expert into the classroom, and then going on field trips. I perceive myself as a co-researcher and guide to the students in discovering answers to their inquiries. I consider creative play, collaboration with others, respectful environment, and active family involvement a crucial part of child’s learning. The research and philosophies of Jerome Bruner, Lev Vygotsky, Jean Piaget, and Reggio Emilia’s inspired approach to teaching have impacted my view on education.