When I have the opportunity to do so, I love to share with parents about ways in which our teachers and staff are working to grow and learn through professional development.  Our preschool staff is a great example of this devotion to professional growth:  

Mrs. Tori Kuehne, our preschool and ESP director, is currently enrolled in a program through Child Care Aware called a Director Credential. This program “offers valuable information in the areas of administration, supervision/management, and leadership. Is is offered in collaboration with the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC), is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and meets all the director training requirements for NAEYC Accreditation plus many state and national director administrative training requirements.”  This is a year-long program with classes that cover ethics, human resources, business goals and strategies, etc.  It culminates with a capstone project that Mrs. Kuehne will tailor so that it can be utilized right here at St. John’s.  With Mrs. Kuehne’s passion for social-emotional learning and school safety, I wouldn’t be surprised if her project fell into one of these categories!

Mrs. Maria Koosman, one of our preschool teachers, is also engaged in a year-long program called TEC21. “Through unique, inspiring workshops, TEC21 equips teachers serving in Lutheran schools to use technology to engage, motivate and educate children for life.  We bring educators together to examine, question, evaluate and understand technology, and develop practical applications for the classroom.”  Mrs. Koosman will also complete a culminating project that will highlight specific ways in which she applies what she has learned in the classroom for her students!  

In joyful service, 

Mrs. Dolan 

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