About the Classroom and Teachers!

Cricket Corner is a small group classroom with 8-10 children.  I have two wonderful teacher associates who work with me throughout the day.  We love to participate in outdoor play, center time, small groups, large groups and calendar time!   Many of our children participate in music therapy, speech/language groupsphysical therapy and occupational therapy.

About Pam:
Welcome!  I have a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education from St. Ambrose University and have taught preschool for 12 years.  I absolutely love being an early childhood educator!  

I am passionate about providing as many opportunities for the children in my classroom as possible and encouraging them to be as independent as possible.  I enjoy utilizing technology in our quest to assist our students and I am always learning new ways to reach children and assist them in making progress and working to reach their full potential!

I am also passionate about providing the children in my classroom with a true hands on preschool experience.  I want them to be able to explore painting, sensory play, nature play, dramatic play, block building, coloring, drawing, making music, dancing, tumbling and all the wonderful aspects of a quality early childhood program!  

When I'm not teaching I enjoy...reading, writing, surfing the Internet and relaxing with my family...including our 2 dogs.  My own two boys are 18 and 21 and are busy with college and work.  My husband is a teacher as well, and guest teaches in a neighboring district.  We both grew up here in the Quad Cities and are thrilled to be able to teach in the Quad Cities!

About Teresa:
Miss Teresa joined our classroom in July 2012.  She comes with experience working with children with special needs at Children's Village West.  She is always willing to help where needed and the children are enjoying getting to know her!  We are excited to welcome Miss Teresa to our team!   

About Kelly:
Miss Kelly joined our classroom team as a teacher associate in September 2011.  She had previously been a teacher associate in an integrated classroom at Children's Village West.  Kelly brings with her experience working with children with special needs at Hand in Hand Daycare.  Miss Kelly has a CDA as well as a Bachelors degree. 

Miss Kelly has been one of our most excited adults about Bob our new classroom hamster...in fact, she named him!  The kids just went along with the name Bob.  She also suggested we may need to knit him a scarf and make him a tiny leash so he can walk about the school.