As a teaching team, our philosophy is to create a safe and effective learning environment that is inclusive to all children and families. We believe that children learn the most through active learning experiences based in play. Children learn with the support of adults and their peers. Each area of the room is arranged with specific academic and social learning experiences in mind. These experiences provide a challenge for different skill and ability levels along with the opportunity for success at any level. It is so important that our children know they are valued, loved, and supported in our classroom. We are able to give them this by creating a strong bond and a school family, through conscious discipline.
Shibon, Sweet Peas 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 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 Gardens Team.
Kristen, Sweet Peas Teacher
Hello families, my name is Kristen Jacob. I have been at learning gardens for 8 years now as both a preschool and 4k teacher. Six of those years have been in the Sweet Pea classroom! The last two years I have been next door in the Apple Blossoms classroom as a 4K teacher. I am so excited to be switching back to my old classroom and teaching preschool again. Here is a little background on me! My husband and I both grew up in Madison and knew we wanted to return to Madison after college. We have a 9 month old sweet little girl named Amelia and two big dogs, Downey and Baxter that keep us very busy! My happiest days are those that are spent outside! I love camping, hiking, and exploring Madison. I attended UW-Milwaukee where I received a B.S degree in Early Childhood Education. This means I am licensed to teach ages birth-3rd grade in the state of Wisconsin. I love the younger side of this age group which is what led me to teaching preschool and 4K here at the Learning Gardens. My education and experiences have helped me form a passion for collaborating with families. You know your child better than anyone so forming a strong relationship with families is essential! I hope to create a special connection for each child between home and school. I look forward to getting to know your family and I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your child’s life!
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