Welcome to preschool! My name is Kaitlyn Wimble. This is my third year teaching at Waitsfield Elementary School (W.E.S), and my second year as a classroom teacher. However I have been a part of the W.E.S community for much longer. First, as a student K-6, and then as a student teacher in the preschool. I feel very fortunate to be teaching in such a strong community involved school. I am very excited to see what this year will bring!
Kelly Aiken will be a part of our preschool teaching team. Kelly lives in Moretown with her husband Scott and three children, Francie (18), Michael (16) and Maggie (15). Kelly graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a degree in Elementary Education. After graduation she told her parents that she wanted to move to Sugarbush to ski for a year and never left! We are so excited to have her on our team.
Zack Smithwood will also be joining our teaching team on Fridays to support our Forest Friday explorations. Zack has a base of experience in outdoor education and spent part of his time working in Wren’s nest, an outdoor based preschool program. We are so excited to have him on our team.
The Waitsfield Elementary Preschool Program is open to all, creating a diverse and balanced learning environment where we nurture the beliefs that:
*Children are intelligent, creative, competent and full of potential.
*Children are deserving of, and capable of love, kindness and respect.
*Children thrive in an environment that is safe, nurturing and beautiful.
*Children have a right to be exposed to materials that promote imagination and problem solving.
We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, developed by Loris Malaguzzi in Reggio Emilia, Italy after WWII. Malaguzzi believed that children are endowed with "a hundred languages" through which they can express their ideas: painting, sculpting, singing, sewing, etc. This approach is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment, inspired by the interests of the children.