Kate is our Lead Teacher. She joined the EDS teaching staff in September of 2011. She began her career in 1996 by working with young children through different volunteer organizations such as MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Girl Scouts, School Volunteer Reading Literacy Programs, and Christian Education at Portsmouth United Methodist Church where she co-chaired the department for 3 years. Kate has completed the Early Childhood Education Training Program through CCRI and two levels of training for aligning curriculum with the Rhode Island Early Learning Standards through URI. She views her role in early childhood education as being a guide on an exciting journey of discovery and learning in a setting where the child can touch and explore having all the senses enlivened with art and color, music, and texture. The theorists and teaching approaches which have influenced her teaching practice the most are Erik Erikson by focusing curriculum on real things and on doing, encouraging children to be as independent as developmentally possible, focusing on the process of what children do and not the outcome or mistakes; John Piaget by his belief that children have their own rate of development, and that children need to interact with their environment to construct knowledge. Children need to experience what we want them to learn. Her mission is play, believing that through play, the child develops thoughtfulness, intelligence, and self-confidence. Our play is intentional with the goal being to build a child up, and to encourage the child to be the best person they can be!
BEHOLD THE HEART OF A CHILD, NEVER MOLD THE HEART OF A CHILD, UNFOLD THE HEART OF A CHILD! Jean Warren