At its annual corporation meeting last week, Little Forest Playschool honored its teachers with Teacher of the Year nominations from parents of the student body. Teacher who were nominated for the award include:
Lyndzi Williams was selected from among the nominees to be awarded Teacher of the Year because her teaching embodies the playschool philosophy and because of the impact she has demonstrated.
Lynne Clarkson, who nominated Ms. Williams, said, “I have witnessed (my son) Jake’s self-esteem, autonomy, and group interaction skills soar as a result of Lyndzi’s efforts. I commend her and thank her for the invaluable difference that she has made in my son’s life.”
“All of our teachers are wonderful,” says Executive Director Lissie Janszen Ham. “We have an excellent staff that is well educated in early childhood education, and they are devoted to the kids.”
“Diane Jenkins has been praised, admired and recommended by parents for many years. Every day she engages each child in conversation and play. She gently leads them to explore new things as she teaches them kindness, manners and self-control. By example and in her words of instruction, Diane imparts a sense of respect for others. Clearly, her work as a teacher and childcare provider is firmly rooted in the preciousness of every child.”
“With hugs and playful banter Tricia Joubert provides warm support and guidance to her students. She handles every situation with a calm, professional demeanor while always being caring and loving. Tricia encourages children to play and explore, always provides options for different types of learners, and sets clear boundaries and expectations for behavior. With patience and care, she teaches children to do the smallest things, things that make a big difference in self-confidence and attitude.”
“Maureen Barraclough has been extremely helpful and patient with Hannah. Hannah has really enjoyed school these past few months. I would also like to recommend Alberto. He is so good with the kids and they seem to really like him. Maureen and Alberto are the BEST!! “
“I would like to nominate Phi Yen for Little Forest Teacher of the Year.
Phi Yen has been a wonderful influence on (my daughter), guiding that little personality to use her willfulness in a leadership role; channeling her creative energy to be used in a positive manner, and yet encouraging and loving her for who she is. I have seen Phi Yen handle many situations professionally. If a child is repeatedly disruptive or off-task, she continues to redirect — seemingly without anger or frustration.”
“Lyndzi effectively implements the philosophy of LFP with amazing results. My son, Jake, has been at Little Forest Playschool for a year now. He was diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder — a neurological disorder causing difficulties with processing information from the five senses (vision, auditory, touch, olfaction, and taste), the sense of movement (vestibular system), and/or the positional sense (proprioception)] when he was just 2 years old. While Jake has received additional services through the Los Alamos school system, I nominate Lyndzi for this achievement because of the work and attention that she has provided to help Jake eliminate negative behaviors generated by this disorder that may have prevented him from transitioning to kindergarten this fall.
Specifically, Lyndzi has aided Jake in obtaining internalization of control, promoted creative methods for increasing his sensory input, and provided him with direction and feedback to enable his success. I have witnessed Jake’s self-esteem, autonomy, and group interaction skills soar as a result of Lyndzi’s efforts . I commend her and thank her for the invaluable difference that she has made in my son’s life.”
“I just wanted to say a few things about our experience this year in the Room 2 afternoon class. We have just been so happy with it. Kamaya absolutely loves her teachers, and talks about them constantly at home. Miss Maureen goes above and beyond in the activities she does with the class – I can’t get over how many fun things they have done this year, and really how much they have learned through all the fun. Maureen is not only a wonderful and patient teacher, but truly kind and really cares for the students – she even emailed me a couple of times to check in on Kamaya, when she (Kamaya) was out sick for a little while. And Alberto has been a terrific aide. The kids just love him – Kamaya loves to tell us how he calls everybody “my friend.” His friendly, calm personality really clicks so well with all of the kids and parents alike.”
Little Forest Playschool is a private, non-profit parent cooperative preschool and childcare center offering preschool classes and extended care programs for children ages 2 through 5. Little Forest tailors its curriculum based upon its philosophy of building foundations of learning through exploration.
Little Forest Playschool is located at 3880 Villa Street in Los Alamos. For more information, contact Little Forest Playschool at 662-5895 or visit the school’s website at www.littleforestplayschool.com.
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