Creating the ultimate after-school kids’ club

Just after the school bell rings, Champions is the place to be at Dugan Elementary in Marlboro, NJ. There, in the cafeteria (which has been transformed into the ultimate learning lab/hangout space/fun zone), one might see kids building bridges, modeling volcanoes, or whooping it up during a spirited game of “Math Bowl.” “I believe experiential…

Nourishing curiosity – and character too

Teaching science is a personal passion for Sue Davies, prekindergarten teacher at the Grove School in Cary, NC. “I just love, love, the curiosity of students of this age,” Davies said. Whether they are turning cream into butter (to learn about liquids and solids) or making new paper from old newspapers (to study recycling at…

Helping babies discover the wonders of the world

“I love seeing the pride of accomplishment on babies’ faces,” said Janet Simons, infant teacher at the Shoreview KinderCare in Shoreview, Minn. “When I look out at my class, I instantly feel happy.” Simons found out that she was a 2015 Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award winner on October 8, a date that was…

Leading adventures for the littlest explorers

If the babies in Megan Martina’s classroom at the Greensburg KinderCare in Penn., could talk, they’d say that Wet and Messy is their very favorite part of the curriculum. Pumpkin seeds, mashed potatoes, cornmeal, water, sand: these babies touch, smell, and play with new textures in Martina’s class every week. (One can usually find Martina…

Inspiring a-ha moments every day

Teaching is something of a family business in Kim Bouchie’s family. Her mom was a teacher in a Head Start program; Bouchie began assisting in early childhood classroom in high school. Since then, she’s never looked back. Today she is a true role model for early childhood educators at the KinderCare center in Stoneham, Mass.,…

Connecting with every child. Connecting with her community.

“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.…