• Sea Otters - Room C17


    Phone: 734-439-5116

    Welcome to our Sea Otter 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 Otters 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: 

    1. Approaches to Learning 
    2. Social and Emotional Development 
    3. Physical Development and Health 
    4. Language, Literacy, and Communication
    5. Mathematics 
    6. Creative Arts 
    7. Science and Technology
    8. 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!

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Sea Otter Teachers

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Mrs. Danielle Huff

Hello Sea Otter Families! My name is Danielle Huff, and this is my 5th year teaching at Paddock’s Early Childhood Center. I will be graduated from Eastern Michigan with my Bachelor's Degree in Children and Families. I live in Milan with my husband, and my three wonderful children, and our two dogs. I enjoy spending my time with them and visiting with friends.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your child’s preschool experience. I am excited for a great year together!

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Mrs. Kelly Straub

My name is Kelly Straub and I am looking forward to being one of your child's teachers this school year. I have been happily married to my husband Jeff for 21 years. We are the proud parents of a 14 year old son Zackary, who is entering 9th grade at Milan High School. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with our family and friends, being involved with my son's sports teams, and volunteering around the town of Milan. This will be my 10th school year of teaching at PECC. I have worked in classrooms with all ages in our program. I also have experience teaching Safety Town for the City of Milan in the summer. I believe you can learn something new everyday and I look forward to learning new things daily along with your child. I am excited to see what our school year has in store. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to help your child grow and learn!

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Washtenaw Community College- Associates Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences (Elementary Education Focus)

Eastern Michigan University - Classes taken in the College of Education

Smart Horizons - Child Development Associate (CDA)

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Mrs. Amy Taylor

Hi there, my name is Amy Taylor and I will be one of your child’s preschool teachers this year. I have been married to a fun husband and dad named Jeff for 20 years. We have 2 daughters named Elizabeth and Erinn. Elizabeth is in her freshman year of college and Erinn will be an 11th grader this year here in Milan. In addition to our daughters we share our home with 4 pets. Our dogs names are Winnie and Quincy, and our cats names are Odette and Harry. We love animals & nature and spend a lot of summer and fall going “north” and exploring the outside world.

I have been with PECC programs and SACC programs at Paddock Elementary for many years and have worked with infants all the way through middle school age in the before-and-after school care groups. I have an Associates Degree through Monroe County Community College in Applied Science with a concentration in Early Childhood Development. I also hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Siena Heights University with a concentration in Social Work and Child Psychology. Every year l look forward to meeting a new group of young learners because they teach me so much throughout the year! Thank you for allowing me to share in this significant opportunity with your child.