Education Background: Bachelor Degree in Music Performance, May 1995 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Bachelor of Science in Education, December 1999 from Western Michigan University Working towards ZA endorsement from Grand Valley State University (classes in early childhood education)
Work at PMCP: I first learned about the preschool by being a working parent in the classroom for my son’s 2-day class. When Mrs. Zimmerman retired, I took on teaching the 2-day class at PMCP. I took on teaching both classes in the Fall of 2005. I have been working at the Parchment Methodist Co-op Preschool for the past 10 years.
Other Jobs I’ve Held: Substitute Teacher for Comstock Public Schools Title I Reading Paraprofessional in Comstock Schools Tutor for SLD Learning Center in Kalamazoo area schools Third Horn Player for the Duluth/ Superior Symphony Orchestra in Duluth, MN
Duties of the Teacher: Plan the daily program of the preschool and provide a long range plan for the year Supervise and be in control of the working parents in the classroom Check the health of each child daily Provide a newsletter with weekly info to parents on classroom activities Schedule and conduct parent-teacher conferences and prepare written reports for the 3-day class Certified in Adult, Child & Infant CPR, OSHA training and First Aid Responsible for reporting any suspected abuse to Child Protective Services Attend Parent/ Board Meetings during the year
Why I became a teacher: I love working with younger children in the preschool environment. I am inspired by children’s curiosity to learn and growth they make as individuals over the course of the year. The great part about teaching in a co-op preschool is that I get to meet and work with the parents of the children as well. I feel it is very important to have a strong link of communication between the school and home environment. This link helps create the best education possible for each individual child.
Why preschool is important for your child: Socialization with other kids their age Learning skills that will prepare them for the elementary school setting Develop children’s self-confidence, independence, and eagerness to learn