Welcome to preschool! My name is Kaitlyn Wimble. This will be my 4th year teaching at WES and 3rd year as the preschool teacher. However, my ties to the school go back quite a ways. I attended WES as a child (in fact many of the teachers currently at the school taught me! Can you guess who they might be?). I also had a wonderful opportunity to intern in the preschool my senior year at Harwood. It was during that time I decided I wanted to work with young children and one day come back to the WES preschool program. Somehow that dream came true and I am back teaching in the place I love best.
Kelly Aiken is also part of our preschool teaching team. This will be Kelly's second year in the WES preschool. 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.
Our Program Philosophy and Beliefs:
We believe that children learn best through play and hands-on experiences. Children are curious about their world and it is through that curiosity that we foster play opportunities. We are influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. We believe nature and children’s interests are the best way to support playful learning. We believe each child is capable, competent, inquisitive, joyful, and full of life. We believe that each child has a unique set of abilities. Each child deserves to have a caring and nurturing environment to learn in. We use strength based observations to help us understand each child and what they are interested in. This helps us to create a curriculum that supports all children in our care.
I am so excited to share that this year we will be basing our program outside. We are so excited about the opportunities that being outside will provide for everyone.
We also value working together with families. If you have questions about development, curriculum, your specific child, helpful tips or anything in the realm of preschool, please reach out to us. We also have a resource section on this page with some helpful documents. I do try to keep it updated, but if there is a specific topic you need support with and don't see it on the resource list, please reach out to me ([email protected]).
Check out this welcome to preschool video for this year (2020-2021). https://youtu.be/76klm5bXwkU