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Mrs. Ely

I wish to welcome you to C-13! This is an exciting time for you and your child, even though they may be a little apprehensive about going to "big" school.  The first day will mark one of the most important milestones in your child's life.  With that brings a lot of mixed emotions for parents, such as joy that your child is ready for school, as well as sadness because he/she is no longer a "baby".  You may be experiencing these emotions and many more as your little one enters school, so before I go any further, let me assure you that it is my privilege to welcome you, your child and your family into my classroom-and my life!

Be assured that I will do my best to make this school year an enjoyable time for your child, but also a time filled with real learning.  Please do not think that your child will just be "playing" ALL day!  The skills that we practice daily in preschool are the building blocks for your child's future success in school and in life.  I am committed to making this year one of exciting, growth, and opportunity, both academically and socially.

I would also like to take this opportunity to share with you a bit about my background, my interest and my philosophy as a preschool teacher.  I am a 2014 graduate of Immaculata University!  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. This is my ninth year teaching preschool in the district. I consider myself very lucky to have a career that I am so passionate about.  It is a welcome challenge, and a joy to teach at this level.  Preschool children have a way of lighting up a room with imagination and curiosity, making days much brighter.  How blessed I am to spend my days doing something that I love, and something that I believe in.  I have a heart for education, and truly enjoy the challenges, and the newness of each day.  I am touched so often by a child's honesty, boldness, humor, creativity, and tenderness!  

Here's a few of my strongest beliefs regarding education and children:

 ~  I believe that every child is talented and capable of learning, and has unique gifts and strengths that should be celebrated.

 ~  I believe that children need encouragement, consistency, clear expectations, and healthy boundaries.

~  I believe that by providing a comfortable and safe environment, children will feel empowered to take the risks involved in learning new things.

~  I believe that a very big component of being a preschool teacher is helping students build self-esteem, confidence, and healthy social relationships.

~  I believe that learning should be hands-on, interactive, imaginative, integrated, and FUN!

I look forward to taking many adventures in learning with you and your child this year. 

Mrs. Ely