This has been the most rewarding and creative experience in my career. I have been able to tap into my years of experiences in early childhood centers and classrooms as teacher, director, coach and mentor. It was challenging to overcome some of the myths and stereotypes of what professional development for child care teachers should be. Our vision was that teachers should experience learning the way we want young children to be taught, with love, nurturing, patience, and deep respect for their uniqueness and capabilities.
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April 25, 2017
April 18, 2017
Having conducted classes for adults working toward the Child Development Associate (CDA) for several years, I feel the Louisiana's new Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate expands and strengthens opportunities for those in the early childhood profession. As part of Believe and Prepare: Early Childhood the NSU Gateway Program strives to provide child care teachers the skills needed to provide high quality care to children throughout North Louisiana. Our program provides teachers several options to obtain their Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate. They can attend face-to-face or online courses that are designed to complement the coaching and onsite support teachers receive.
April 11, 2017
Learning and implementing age appropriate practices have greatly improved the daily atmosphere in my classroom, and have guided me to become a better educator. A day in the life of an early childhood educator in a child care center typically consists of a meticulously well-planned day of fostering education-via-play that meets the needs of each individual child.
April 04, 2017
Many enter the field of child care because of their love for children...and love for children is certainly very important in this field. However, providing high quality early learning experiences for our youngest children requires more than love. Among other things, it requires an understanding of child development as well as skill in working with families, humor, and a healthy dose of patience!
January 03, 2017
Subbing is be a bridge to full-time employment for many educators. All of us who have ever filled out a standard application with a question about whether or not we'd be willing to substitute have paused to consider the option carefully.
November 30, 2016
Recently, Louisiana's state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted teacher preparation policies that provide a yearlong residency for all aspiring teachers. These policies will take effect for all preservice teachers in the fall of 2018, but Monroe City Schools is not waiting until then to get involved.
November 22, 2016
Imagine you learn that a loved one is in dire need of an emergency, life-saving surgery. Think of the flood of emotions, anxiety, and concerns you would immediately feel. Now imagine discovering that the doctor slated to perform the operation was in her first year of practice.
August 23, 2016
Most individuals who pursue a degree in teaching can identify exactly what motivates them to become a teacher. There tends to be a passion for education, desire to help others, and/or a commitment to impacting the leaders of tomorrow. Over the years, my work with teachers has always been so inspiring to me. When I ask about their teaching experiences, they absolutely light up speaking about the students they have impacted, challenges they've helped them overcome, or a creative lesson that really connected with their class. It's incredibly inspiring to see these new teachers so on fire for their future career!
March 08, 2016
School districts should approach talent acquisition like professional sports approaches drafting professional athletes.
February 05, 2015
Suggestions for a long-term classroom educator pondering a career change.