Sheila hails originally from Wisconsin where she grew up with five brothers and one sister. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a Bachelors in Education. Sheila has taught in Wisconsin, Colorado, and (in 2013), a year in Huizhou, China. Her specialty is Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on the importance and power of play. For three years prior to her adventures in China, Sheila did the Intern Program at Colorado Academy in Elementary Education where she taught 1st and 4th grade and then PreK. During the 2014 school year, Sheila was a fabulous substitute teacher at Paddington! She then became a member of the faculty and taught 2-year-olds in the Squirrel Nutkin classroom for two years before becoming a PreK co-teacher in Johnny Townmouse. When not at school she loves to read, garden, hike and spend time with her two daughters.
I have done many things in my life. I did not set out to be a preschool teacher but I know it is what I should be doing at this time of my life.
Many would say it was the paths I chose that lead me here. Nothing happens by accident.
My job as a preschool teacher is to guide, nurture, inspire and help children believe in themselves, to see the beauty of the world around them and never stop wondering. I hold dearly the challenge to help each and every child become part of the global community.
The days go quickly and the months quicker. There is an understandable urgency around these years. We have to make sure to fill this time with good. All the research points out and tells us the importance of these magical years – birth to five.
How many books to read, how many words to hear, and giving them endless opportunities to explore the world around them.
It is the wonder and magic that keeps me doing what I do. No two days are alike and nor should they be. The creativity and excitement, as well as the problem solving and dilemmas that I encounter each day makes it all worth the time and energy.
Mary Poppins said it best when she sings, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun”. This is the part that I believe in and try to keep in my practice every day for this is where you capture their wonder, curiosity, and engagement.