What qualities make our teachers effective? Our teachers are:
Nurturers…caring, patient, and compassionate individuals who create a comfortable, warm, inviting environment where children know they are loved and that their needs will be met.
Caregivers…ensuring each child’s safety and well-being at all times.
Communicators…listening to and valuing children, asking questions, offering suggestions, and providing guidance and feedback.
Facilitators…designing a range of learning activities, and effectively managing a busy classroom that offers individualized, small-group and whole-class activities.
Observers and Assessors…noting children’s growth and behavior patterns, and continually assessing the development and learning of each and every child.
Decision makers…thoughtfully adjusting the learning environment daily to meet the individual needs of children.
Supporters…actively promoting success for all children.
Mentors…serving as positive, genuine and inspiring role models for children.
Professionals… college-educated, qualified teachers, knowledgeable in the areas of child development and teaching, and committed to the early childhood profession and to the children they serve.
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”
-Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder