What We Do
We celebrate families!
- Parents and teachers create a caring community to nurture children and families. Parents get acquainted with other families at picnics, holiday parties, and other social events. Those parents who are available are invited to our Parent Group that meets once a month during school hours, with younger siblings welcome.
- Parents are always welcome at the school. Some parents serve on our elected Parent Boars, others may share their talents in music, dancing, or woodworking, and others may help with classroom celebrations or special events.
We encourage children to learn to solve problems.
- We help children learn to resolve conflicts peacefully.
- We create a safe, nurturing environment where children can express their own needs and feelings, and learn to appreciate the needs and feelings of their friends.
- We help children become more self-reliant.
- We talk about their ideas and questions, and we all observe nature.
A “Doing Good Together” School
In 2014, SAPCP began a partnership with the organization “Doing Good Together.” The goal of our collaboration is to bring an intentional focus on instilling kindness, empathy and social responsibility in our children as well as to create family centered opportunities for “giving back” throughout the school year. A library of carefully selected books centered on kindness and caring are available for loan. Activities and stories will be woven into the curriculum that encourage reflection on what it means to be compassionate and accepting, and that expand awareness of community and social issues. Four service projects will be offered through the year for families.
Doing Good Together™ (DGT) is a Minneapolis-based national nonprofit that works to make volunteering and service, along with daily kindness, easy for every family. Our Mission: Empowering families to raise children who care and contribute. Read more at http://www.doinggoodtogether.org/what-we-do/
Kristen Tran (email@example.com) is happy to be at the preschool as a teacher and co-director since 2014. Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in Professional Communications and Master of Science in Technical Communication. Working as a kindergarten teacher assistant provided an internship for her teaching position, along with college courses in Early Childhood Education. She relishes how wonderful it is to work with young children in this supportive setting. She brings a gentle nature, excellent communication skills, and a deep appreciation for children and their sense of wonder. Kristen believes that preschool should be a safe place where children are nurtured in mind and spirit, with an emphasis on learning social skills.
Kerrin Flanagan (firstname.lastname@example.org) joined SAPCP in 2016 as a teacher, and became co-director with Kristen this year. Kerrin holds a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught preschool, kindergarten, and first grade in New York, Boston, and Vermont. Throughout her teaching, Kerrin has continued to believe that play is children’s work. Kerrin encourages children to grow and learn socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically through child-directed exploration of the world around them, solving problems with others, and using their imaginations. She is thrilled to return to work with the youngest learners as she continues her teaching career here at the St. Anthony Park Co-op Preschool.
Beth Podtburg has been an assistant teacher at SAPCP since 2012, while her daughter was in preschool, and now is in the classroom 3 days a week. We feel fortunate to have her thoughtful and kind support, as well as her insights and good humor.
Rhona Wilson works as an assistant teacher at our school one day a week, and brings an excellent teaching background and a magical way with children.