Connecting with every child. Connecting with her community.

Tommie Greene, an award-winning prekindergarten teacher from El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Tommie Greene, an award-winning prekindergarten teacher from El Dorado Hills, Calif.

“My teaching reflects who I am,” says prekindergarten teacher Tommie Greene.

In that case, Green, who teaches at the Francisco Drive KinderCare in El Dorado Hills, Calif., is a caring, loving person; a strong community member; and an open-minded teacher who knows how important it is to personally connect with the children in her class.

“I know every single child – their likes, their dislikes, what gives them joy, and what triggers their feelings,” she said.

It’s no wonder then that so many parents have taken the time to pen letters in praise of Greene’s dedication. She often sees her families at the story or at restaurants – everywhere, really – and she always strives to honor what’s important to them.

“Every parent and every parenting style is different,” she said. “Whatever they wish, I’ll do what it takes.”

Greene also has an insatiable curiosity about young children’s development at every age: using the KU Education Assistance Plan, she has some 170 hours of professional development under her belt and currently is pursuing coursework in infant and toddler education.

“My students and I teach each other the same lesson every day: as long as you try hard, that’s all that matters.”

It’s an ethic that can guide children and adults for life.

This fall Greene earned the Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award for her incredible dedication to her students and families. Learn more about Greene and the award in this video.

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