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3s Class Teacher

ryan

I love teaching here at Providence Nursery School, the preschool both of my sons attended. While my boys were at PNS I loved co-oping and all of the volunteer opportunities that allowed me to help in the classrooms and work with other families. My love of children’s books served me well as the PNS Librarian and I served on the Executive Board for two years. I am going on my sixth year as a teacher here at Providence and my second as the Threes’ teacher. Each year has been a fun, learning adventure for me!

In the last twenty years I have worked with children in a variety of settings, including daycare, after school programs and private tutoring. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Virginia. I went on to receive my Masters of Education in Speech Language Pathology from UVA as well. During my graduate studies I earned a Practitioner’s Minor in Early Childhood Education and spent the majority of my practicum hours in pediatric settings including an inclusive preschool setting. I spent three years as a Speech Language Pathologist with Fairfax County Public Schools and my caseload included students in preschool classroom settings and in the preschool autism classes in addition to Kindergarten through Sixth Grade.

I believe in learning through play with open ended activities that encourage exploration and imagination. I strive to create a responsive classroom that fosters social-emotional growth and encourages children to begin making connections with their classmates. All year long we work on problem solving, using our words to express ourselves, transitioning from one activity to another and actively listening to others. We practice “mindful” strategies to focus on our emotional and physical feelings in the present moment as well as begin to notice the feelings of others. I hope to model approaching each day with kindness and curiosity. At the age of three, we expect big emotions and big reactions, and we hope to start sowing the seeds of resiliency and self-regulation in amongst our many moments of BIG FUN!