Sea Turtles - Room C11
Welcome to our Sea Turtle community! In our preschool classroom, children are active participants in the process of learning new concepts through individual and group experiences and activities. Our Sea Turtles have many opportunities incorporated into their day to support the development of self-help and social skills which are an important component for their transition to kindergarten.
Young children like to seek out activities and play experiences where they can make discoveries and achieve an understanding of their world. Each week our lesson plan will link together specific curriculum items integrating activities that reflect the children’s interests. Through play, these activities support development in the HighScope Curriculum which supports these experiences that children need to help them grow and prosper. The HighScope Curriculum’s content areas and key developmental indicators (KDIs) are guideposts defining both our beliefs about how children develop and the actions we must take to support that development. HighScope’s eight curriculum content areas are:
- Approaches to Learning
- Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development and Health
- Language, Literacy, and Communication
- Creative Arts
- Science and Technology
- Social Studies
The children have opportunities for hands-on experimenting and interactions with classmates, which encourages them to make predictions and experience outcomes in all areas of learning. There are also special activities, which include visits to the nature center, music, and gym. Through teacher-directed and child-initiated activities, teachers can observe and assess as children develop and strengthen their skills. These outcomes are shared with parents during conferences.
Our goal for the children is a relationship-based environment with peers, teachers, and families working together to enhance learning, create friendships, and promote positive outcomes.
If you have any questions about our classroom’s curriculum, please do not hesitate to ask a teacher. We are so happy to be working with you this year!
Sea Turtle Teachers
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Angie Wagner
Hello! My name is Angie Wagner. I currently live in Milan with my husband Sam, our two children Emily and Josh, and our 2 dogs, Cooper (our 90 lb Rhodesian Ridgeback) and Obie (our 5 lb poodle). As a family, we love to travel, camp, fish, ride bikes, read, swim, watch baseball and play hockey.
In 2003, I received my teaching certificate in Elementary Education, with a ZA endorsement in Early Childhood Education. My daughter was born in 2004 and I was very fortunate to be able to stay home with her and later with our son. Once both of my children were in school full time I went back to work. I have been on staff with Milan Area Schools for the past 7 years, 6 of them as a preschool teacher.
Since graduation, I have been working hard to keep up-to-date on teaching strategies and styles that will help me teach and guide your child. I am excited to have your child in our classroom and looking forward to the opportunity to assist in teaching him/her all the skills they need to become bright, independent individuals.
Thank you for allowing me to be such an important part of your child’s education.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Anne Girbach
Welcome PECC Families
My name is Anne Girbach (gear-bah). I am excited to begin my 15th year at Paddock’s Early Childhood Center.
I have lived in this community for over 28 years. I have been married to my husband, Bryan, for 26 years. We have two sons, Bryce and Reece. Bryce is 23 and is working in the Civil Engineering field. Reece is 20 and is in WCC’s welding program. He also works at a manufacturing plant where he does a variety of jobs including welding. As a family, we enjoy kayaking, taking walks and going on trips up north, or down to southern Ohio.
I have a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University as well as a CDA (Child Development Associate) credential. I have always worked with young children in some capacity over the last 30 years. I really enjoy working with preschoolers. I love watching young children as they begin to learn, and it is exciting to see them discover their own capabilities. Their imaginations and knowledge amaze me, and their enthusiasm is contagious!
I feel fortunate to be a part of Paddock’s Early Childhood Center. We look forward to welcoming your child to a unique year, but to one that will include the same dedication, care, and learning objectives that we have always provided.
I welcome you to our classroom and look forward to working with your child in the Sea Turtle room this year!