Sophie began her first year at Paddington Station in the Benjamin Bunny classroom in 2017. A Colorado native, she moved to Washington to pursue a B.A. in psychology and Spanish from Gonzaga University. Since returning to Denver, she has worked in pediatric mental health. She also has experience working as a children’s cooking school instructor and Spanish tutor. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking long hikes in the mountains, and traveling to new places.
Young children are truly brilliant. They don’t need instructions on how to play. They are naturally curious. They find what they enjoy and they do it. Whatever rules there are to play, they create in their own heads or learn from their classmates. Sure, as their teacher I jump into their play to extend it and make it more challenging. I help re-direct conflict, model appropriate play, and ask questions that enrich their interactions with materials and each other. But, I believe it’s through their own, natural interactions with one another that they learn how people engage. It’s through their own time spent watching ants move across the sidewalk or building faraway castles out of blocks or painting imaginary places that they learn about the mystery and excitement of the world around them.
Paddington Station is a special school. We provide a warm and caring environment that gives children the time and space to explore and take risks through play. We understand that children gravitate towards different things; that they each have their own unique interests; and that they find what they love through exploration. At Paddington, we give children uninterrupted time to wonder, time to play and explore, and time to simply be children.
I feel incredibly lucky to work at such a magical place. Each day, I have the privilege of working with an entire community of brilliant little explorers, and with a group of teachers that plays and learns alongside them. I love what I do because every day is fun, every day is different, and every day provides me with the opportunity to slow down, to imagine, and to see the wonder of the world through play.
As a teacher, I hope to guide, to nurture, and to inspire children. I hope to help them believe in themselves and see the beauty of the world around them. Most importantly, I hope to teach kids to never lose their natural sense of wonder. For, it is this wonder that opens the imagination, shapes the brain, and invigorates the soul.