The Preschool program consists of two classrooms, each of which are multi-age. There are two teachers in each class. Our unit uses the Creative Curriculum to work on lesson plans and individual goals. Our curriculum is also play-based learning which emphasizes responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. We also focus on a social and emotional curriculum which is called Second Step. This program lasts the entire year and deals with managing emotions, friendship and getting ready for kindergarten. This is also continued on in most elementary schools. We get together and share ideas and brainstorm ways to help each other out. That’s what makes us a great team!
Jamie, Preschool Support Teacher
Hello, my name is Jamie. I graduated from UW-Platteville with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and an Early Childhood minor. I also earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from the St. Mary’s University of MN. I have lots of experience teaching Pre-K through 6th grade. My joy in life is to help children learn and grow. My husband Tim and I have two children named Emily (14) and Matthew (9). In our spare time we like to go on vacations together and watch movies. I’m looking forward to my new adventure at The Learning Gardens.
Shibon, Preschool Support Teacher
Hi learning Garden families, my name is Shibon Patterson! I am a mom of an 11 year old girl and a wife. I have been working with children for the past 15 years. My very first job was at the Boys & Girls club here in town. I worked there as a Youth Staff until I graduated high school. After graduating from high school I went to college and completed my Associates in Criminal Justice. Once I graduated from College I worked at a lot of jobs in the Criminal Justice field like a Security Officer, and found that it just wasn’t a good fit for me. Finally I found a job that kind of fell into my lap as an ABA Therapist for kids with autism. I found out really quickly that I was fascinated with the job and I was actually really good at being an ABA therapist. What I loved most about it was teaching the kids to do things that they originally could not do and helping the parents maintain those new skills along the way. I continued working with kids with Autism and eventually adults with Autism for 8 years. Recently I felt the need for an environment change more closely to a school setting because of my love of teaching children, and this is how I became apart of the Learning Garden Team.