BA Child Development / Teacher: 26+ years Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten, 5th grade / Director: 18+ years ~ Preschool + Before/After School Care / Owner/Teacher: 13+ years ~ LSU (In-Home Preschool)
We encourage critical thinking and exploration through a variety of skills: -student-centered learning -interesting materials to explore -free choice -self-generated thought -brainstorming predictions -thought provoking questions -respect for individual answers -field trips -S.T.E.M. – science, technology, engineering, math
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I was born and raised in San Jose, CA, and have spent the latter half of my life working with children. I spent nine years working with preschoolers, both in a directorial and teaching capacity. I graduated with my B.A. in Child Development from San Jose State University in 2000, and during my senior year internship I had the pleasure of assisting a teacher in a kindergarten classroom. Upon graduation, I was lucky enough to land my first teaching job as a fifth grade teacher to a group of wonderful children. I learned an immense amount from them, as they from me. My teaching position ended in June of 2001 when my fiancée and I relocated to Folsom, where we purchased our first home. We married in August of 2003, and again I was lucky to be able to teach a wonderful local Kindergarten class. My position ended when we happily welcomed our first child on August 16, 2004. We moved to El Dorado Hills in 2005 and I decided to open Lil’ Scholars. While teaching here at Lil’ Scholars, we welcomed our 2nd daughter in 2008. Now with both of my girls in school full time, I spend my days immersed in creativity and learning! I love teaching and it is a wonderful way to apply my educational, professional, and personal experiences. It is also a great opportunity to be a part of our community in both a professional and personal capacity. I am excited about meeting new families and enriching young children’s lives. When my day is done in the classroom, you will often find me creating photos and videos of our exciting day learning. I love sharing my ideas and networking with other teachers and educators around the world, helping to create a world of inspiration! Lil’ Scholars University is my passion and I absolutely love watching it grow!