Hi, I'm Josie. I am the owner, operator and lead teacher for Loving Beginnings Preschool and Child Care. I have a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education: Inclusive Education and Curriculum and Instruction. My bachelor's degree is in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development. I have been working with children in a variety of capacities for the last 22 years.
I did my student teaching at the Oregon State University Child Development Lab preschool. I have volunteered in kindergarten classrooms. I taught for a private preschool for a brief time. I was a lead teacher for the Head Start program in Bend. I also spent time as a family advocate for the same Head Start program for a year. I was a Girl Scout troop leader for several years, taught Sunday school, VBS and was on the Children's Ministry team for several years. Eleven years ago, I decided that I wanted to start my own preschool. I began very small as a registered provider with only 5-6 children. Four years later I decided that family child care was a good fit for me. I expanded to a certified family child care in 2010. In 2014, I decided to go back to school and work towards my master's degree. Through the work, I did completing my master's degree I have been inspired by constructivist teachings and the Reggio Emilia approach. I am constantly researching new and best practices in teaching. I have a strong value that as a teacher I am a lifelong learner, learning every day right alongside the children.
Some areas that I am passionate about teaching children are a love of language and reading. Children become familiar with fiction, non-fiction, poetry, nursery rhymes, storytelling, singing, signing and anything else I can fit into our days. I believe that science is a foundation for early learning. Through science we learn about ourselves and our environment. We learn math, language, writing, and a variety of skills using science as our base. I enjoy trying new things, last year the children and I began a garden project. We have learned so many things with this adventure! I have an interest in teaching children mindfulness and yoga techniques because these techniques promote positive connections in the brain and support healthy social emotional development. I love to sing, dance and be silly with the children and I have a personal goal of creating an atmosphere where children are inspired, feel loved and have joyful experiences each and every day.
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