Miss Janet: Block Room, 4-5s
Miss Janet discovered ANS as a parent 21 years ago. She walked two sons through the school and her progression from parent, to board member, to sub (for both parents workers and teachers), to teacher was a natural one. Before being offered the position 13 years ago, Janet went to PCC to take their Early Childhood Education courses.
She works with the four and five year olds, where she feels blessed to nurture and honor the whole child. While they learn and explore quite a lot in the Block & Doll room, Miss Janet knows that her kids are at a passionate and intense age. Everything they feel is intense, whether it's the high of being happy or the inconsolable tears of desperation. They are extremely social beings and their whole world begins to revolve around their friends and playdates. 4 year olds are also starting to discover the world of silly jokes, so Miss Janet is always ready for an endless stream of knock, knock jokes. And she'll never forget to laugh!
Miss Julie: Art Room/ 3s
Miss Julie is our Art Room teacher. She was born and raised in Pasadena but traveled the states quite a bit before settling back here with her husband and two elementary school age girls. She was a parent at ANS for 2 years before stepping into her teacher shoes. Luckily, they fit just fine as she had graduated from USC with a BS in Elementary Education and received an MA in Education â€“ Curriculum and Instruction at Cal State Long Beach. She also has a California Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, but most notably to the kids in her classroom, she's a musical theatre junkie - which means the kids always get a good dose of song and dance after snack!
The kids in the art room are at a terrific age. This is the year that their imaginations take off, along with their language skills. The world becomes a much bigger place for them as friendships begin to form and they become truly interested in what their peers are doing.
Miss Milly: Discovery Room/2's
Miss Milly is our Discovery Room teacher. She was born on a cattle ranch in Utah, but luckily for us, moved to Pasadena in the 1960s in plenty of time to be a local. She was directed to ANS 28 years ago when a playgroup leader suggested her first born son could benefit from the social environment here. Though her career background was in high pressure banking, she realized teaching was the next calling in her life. She fulfilled her state requirements thru the UCLA early childhood development program and accepted the position at ANS 20 years ago.
The two year old class is definitely about the child's first separation from parents, language development, and social development, but it is also the beginning of nurturing and empowering these children so that their control comes from within.