Ages 4 and 5 (4 by October 15)
In this classroom our teachers create an environment of hands-on discovery and discussion, encouraging children to make decisions based on values, such as respect, responsibility, kindness and community . Our Pre-k classroom maintains an appealing maximum group size of twenty children with three teachers. Much time is spent exploring the children's wonderful ideas and helping them to make sense of the world around them. Projects and study are driven by children’s interests and inquiry and may involve an entire class or a small group. As the year progresses and attention spans lengthen, both discussions and projects become more involved. The curriculum is designed to allow children to express their increasing confidence and independence, while meeting the challenges of their curiosity, energy and endless enthusiasm.
Erin grew up near New Orleans and moved to Maine with her family in 2000. Returning to Louisiana she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies from Loyola University New Orleans before ultimately making her home in Scarborough where she still resides with her husband and their mini farm of cats, chickens and goats. She has worked in early childhood education for 12 years passionately teaching through real life experience, encouraging scientific exploration and exposing children to the wonders of the natural world. Erin is thrilled to join the Goldman Family Preschool team!
Jenny grew on Cape Cod spending her summers teaching children and families at a local nature center. She has a B.A. in Nonprofit Management and loves to integrate her passion for the arts and nature into her teaching. She has worked in various Early Childhood Education programs and feels so lucky to be at the JCA! She is fondly known as “Nature Jenny.” The name is certainly fitting since when she is not teaching, she often spends her time enjoying the great outdoors!
Lauren is from South Portland, Maine. She earned her Associate's degree through Southern Maine Community College and is currently working towards her Bachelor's degree through the University of Maine at Farmington. Lauren is passionate about working with young children, and she brings her love of music and reading into all of the classrooms. Lauren is thrilled to be a part of the JCA team because of the opportunity to make meaningful connections with the children and their families.