KINDERGARTEN-LEAD TEACHER: MELINDA COPELAND
Daily opportunities for learning are unmistakable. They can take place anywhere such as shopping in the grocery store, going to the farmer’s market, driving in the car or walking down the street. The more our students absorb and understand, the more they learn. A quality education will give children the tools and skills they need to become positive contributors to their community and the world. Children should be encouraged to learn from one another and express their opinions. Technology and hands-on-experiences should be utilized when educating children.
As a teacher, facilitator, and advocate, I envision my students becoming collaborative partners in their own learning process. Students who are inspired and accept responsibility for their choices will have endless opportunities to excel both academically and socially.
I am passionate about teaching children because I love to see others learn and broaden their horizon. I believe children should be valued and respected. As an educator, I convey my enthusiasm for teaching students by cultivating individuality. By helping students discover their own likes and dislikes, they’ll be able to firmly embrace their experiences and environment.
I have had the pleasure of working with young children for 19 years. For the past 16 years, I have worked at Brent. I received my Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Lynchburg College with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development. Currently, I live in Washington, DC. When I am not spending dedicated time encouraging children to overcome their academic or social challenges with a sense of “I Can!”, I can be found curled in a cozy corner reading a book, painting or scrap-booking. I also enjoy surrounding myself with the love and warmth of family and friends.