Our Staff

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Kathryn Churchward
Director

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Amber Gillihan
Assistant Director

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Renee Montes
Floater

Anet Mejias
Toddlers Teacher

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Ibis Cortes
Toddlers Teacher

Eve Koke
Inbetweeners Teacher

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Dothline Aarons
Inbetweeners Teacher

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Kimberly Lee
Twos Teacher

Christina Ratajczyk
Threes Teacher

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Hannah Rowell
Threes Teacher

Mari Elliott
Threes Teacher

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Nancy Mitchell
Fours Teacher

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Crystal Wilson
Fours Teacher

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Tiffany MacQuilkan
Pre-K Teacher

Lydia Biggs
Pre-K Teacher

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Our Philosophy

We believe that young children best learn with their whole body, which is why we teach to engage the child's imagination, mind, physical, emotional and spiritual self. We believe most effective learning happens in a safe, loving environment. By providing an environment of love and encouragement, we help foster within each child a sense of independence, personal growth, problem solving and social competency.

Our curriculum is a blend of developmentally appropriate/play based, thematic, Montessori and structured instruction. The curriculum is designed to engage all domains of learning (cognitive, language, physical, social/emotional and spiritual) everyday. This is accomplished through activities that are focused on self-directed play like themed dramatic play, activities that help support fine/gross motor skills, reasoning, and decision making, as well as teacher-led activities that include literacy activities, math, and worksheets to help support learning.

OUR CURRICULUM

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Language
We know that the foundations of solid language development and early literacy start from birth. Students will gain experience through new vocabulary, written language, and auditory exposure. 

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Cognitive
We know that a young child's brain is rapidly growing, so we focus on
experiences that help develop problem solving, thinking, communicating and making higher-level connections.

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Social/Emotional
We know that social and emotional maturity can have a great impact throughout our lives. Teachers help facilitate conversations and train children so they can independently work through situations on their own.

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Physical
We know that young children have a great need for physical movement. We ensure everyday the children have an outlet to move and grow in both their fine and gross motor skills.

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Spiritual
We know that God created people in part to be spiritual. Teachers naturally talk about God as it pertains to the lesson. All students also participate weekly in chapel.

Curriculum Examples