Blue Room Teacher
I have been working with young children for over 35 years and families in a vairety of roles and classroom settings. I have two grown children and three grandchildren. This is my seventh year working at ECLC.
I worked in parent cooperative preschool when my children were young, then moved on to teaching and directing at a community college child care program, a corporate sponsored program, ECEAP, and finally opened my own school which operated for 12 years until my husband and I moved to Ellensburg to be near grandchildren.
I have a master's degree in early childhood education, curriculum and instruction; I have also attended and presented many continuing education classes and taught ECE classes at a community college for 10 years. I enjoy continuing to learn and stay current in the field.
I believe that young children are born "programmed to learn". They have an innate curiosity and drive to figure out their world. They do this best through hands-on investigation with concrete materials, social interaction with peers and supportive, caring grown-ups to help them be successful in their play and learning.
In my classroom children:
Will experience a wide variety of materials and activities, develop skills and concepts, participate with a community of friends, and grow in positive self-esteem and reponsibility.
Coming into my classroom parents will see/observe:
Children playing individually or in small groups throughout the activity centers in the classroom; building bocks, playing pretend, writing, drawing, painting, and reading. "Teachers" will be at the children's level, leading a project or game, supporting the children's ideas or helping them be successful with a planned project or activity.
My goals are:
For all children to grow in confidence and skills and concepts appropriate for their individual time-line for development; to be supportive of individual differences and needs while leading our class group as a whole toward learning, positive self-control, and feeling of competence in a school setting.