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Carrie Lewis, Day School Director: Each school day, Miss Carrie has fun sharing in conversations and child-focused arts and crafts with young children! In addition to supplementing the teachers’ instruction with visual art lessons and routine library visits that often feature nursery rhymes and fairy tales, she is always pleased to talk to parents about fostering children’s adjustment to preschool or anything else that’s on their hearts. Formerly a Language Arts Teacher at James River Day School, Miss Carrie also has teaching and childcare experience as a preschool children’s Sunday school teacher at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as a teacher’s aide at Randolph College Nursery School, as the Maier Museum of Art’s volunteer Preschool Program Coordinator, and as a childcare provider for a county school system in England. An early childhood educator herself, she is committed to fostering a safe atmosphere for young children, ensuring a carefully planned and child-focused ethos, and modeling best practices in preschool pedagogy. Possessing an M.A. from England’s University of Reading, Miss Carrie continues to undertake continuing education units in the field of teaching and childcare each school year.
Deanna Aultice, Teaching Assistant: Miss Deanna’s affectionate manner, caring conversation, and fantastic teaching help young children to flourish at preschool! Though she has just begun her duties at the Day School this school year, she possesses substantial experience as a preschool substitute teacher. A mother of three children, her fondness for young children is apparent in each of her conversations with the children, and also in her creative lesson planning
Karen Penalva, Three-Day and Two-Day Preschool Teacher: Miss Karen excels at supporting and sustaining the conversations of young children! Her creativity in planning for preschool children fosters young children’s educational, emotional, social, aesthetic, and moral growth each school day. Before undertaking her duties as a Preschool Teacher in 2011, she made frequent appearances at the Day School as a teacher’s aide, substitute teacher, and parent volunteer.
Tammy Balderson, Five-Day Preschool Teacher: Through her attention to detail and careful preparation of the preschool environment, Miss Tammy allows young children to feel safe and appreciate an atmosphere of order and creativity, of serious schooling and lighthearted fun. This school year is her eleventh at the Day School, and she can adjust her instructional
Heather Stanzini, Teaching Assistant: Few teachers possess Miss Heather’s flair for carefully conversing with young children, anticipating their educational needs, and fostering an ethos of emotional safety. Beyond her duties at the Day School, she volunteers with kindergarten children at local schools. Her sunny smile makes her a fantastic addition to our preschool!
Lucy Breeden, Teaching Assistant: From her substantial experience as a preschool substitute teacher, Miss Lucy has formed a finely detailed understanding of young children. Her conversations model the politeness, the emotional literacy, and the sentence structures that we hope to foster in young children at preschool.
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