When romance writer, Jane Austen was young, she and her siblings were encouraged to read from their father's extensive library. They also wrote plays and performed them for their father. Mystery writer, Agatha Christie, was educated at home. Her mother encouraged her to write. As a child, Agatha loved to pretend play and create fictional characters. Let’s take a page from these famous ladies’ parents and encourage our little ones to explore and create. They may surprise us with something special. EPP highlights the special talents in all our students as this is the beginning of their formal education and as we encourage them to explore while they learn, their natural abilities rise to the surface.
Recently, Ms. Losada asked her students to bring in photos of their families. Our young Nishta complied immediately and Ms. Losada inspired her to create a family book. Nishta was able to put all the pieces together as well as write her name to introduce the book. Afterwards, I sat with her and, as she turned the pages, Nishta told me all about her family. Nishta was very proud to display the book for me. It was evident that she has a loving family that encourages her creativity. Nishta’s book can be found in the class library where she can share her family with her friends and classmates.
The Edison Preschool Program is happy to announce that Ms. Abigail Donington has been selected as the Teacher of the Year for 2014. Ms. Donington is a teacher in our integrated preschool class @FDR. At any given time, you can see that Ms. Donington has all her students actively engaged in learning, playing, or exploring which are at the core of our High Scope curriculum. Her classroom is warm and welcoming for students, parents, and colleagues alike. Ms. Donington consistently hosts a “mystery reader” in her classroom to engender a love of reading in her students. Her students’ work is displayed lovingly throughout her class and as you enter our school since she strives to create an environment that is like a home away from home for her students.
Ms. Donington also plays a key role in the school community as the Edison Preschool Program @FDR is attempting to establish our own parent teacher organization. In this endeavor, Ms. Donington has organized our parent volunteers to assist with our first Pumpkin Patch, Book Fair, and Holiday Boutique. Ms. Donington takes the time to keep the front of our school looking festive and seasonal to welcome our students and visitors daily. Currently, Ms. Donington is focusing on getting our new mascot imprinted on T-shirts and other items to assist with funding for future student events. Overall, Ms. Donington consistently focuses on what she can do to make a difference throughout our school. I am certain that the EPP Community joins me in congratulating Ms. Donington on receiving this distinction and honor.