Updated: Feb 4, 2019
By Lynne Mueller, Head of School
It is with gratitude that I remember the many teachers I have worked with over the years. From each relationship, I learned something about how to teach, strengthening my early childhood practice. My former colleagues have taught me a few key lessons. First, each child’s victories should be celebrated, no matter how small. Second, teachers should be present in the moment, so they don’t miss children’s questions. Third, If a student’s interest is absent, even the “perfect” lesson plan should be thrown out. Finally, flexibility is not an innate quality, but a skill to be learned by adults. To all my colleagues, past and present, I am forever grateful. You helped to shape who I am today as an early childhood educator and and showed me that John Dewey was right when he said, “what is most important ...is having a desire to go on learning.”
At Vivvi, our faculty never stop learning. Our teachers are open minded and teach from the heart, taking time to really know each child and support exploration of their individual interests. To carry out this tall order, teachers will plan activities that have a purpose and appropriately challenge students in ways that will engage and motivate. Students’ confidence and the skills needed for an ongoing love of learning later in their schooling life is cultivated through this work. In our inquisitive environment, everyone is a learner with teachers partnering with their students to discover.
The qualities of a great teacher are not always measurable or quantifiable. When you walk into a Vivvi classroom, you will feel the passion, see the dedication, and know that you have arrived at the right place.