“I knew Canterbury was a place I would love to be!”
Lacy Castellano graduated from UNCG in 2008 with a bachelor of science degree in human development and family studies and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education at UNCG.
What appeals to her about teaching PreK? “The children are so enthusiastic, passionate, and motivated! I teach for the “ah-ha”moments, the times when it just clicks. They love to explore, collaborate, and create. Every day is different and exciting. I love PreK!”
Lacy is an outdoor enthusiast; she enjoys camping and hiking with her husband and their two dogs, and she loves sharing her affinity for the outdoors with her students. She looks forward to exploring Canterbury’s campus with them (so parents, be prepared for pockets full of acorns, stones, and other treasures!)
So what’s it like being a kid in her class?
“We incorporate math, science, and English language arts into each day. We take turns sharing something: something about our family, what we ate for breakfast, our favorite sport, etc., and we have an interactive learning activity. Children are given ample time for free choice in centers and outside, but we also have regular large and small group activities.
My teaching style focuses heavily on social emotional development. Research shows that children who are better able to regulate their emotions and respond appropriately to the emotions of others are more likely to complete high school and go on to college. Ashleah Lester and I work really hard to promote an atmosphere of mutual respect.”
As this dad knows, PreK is a new experience both for parents and kids, so I asked what advice she might have for PreK parents.
“It will be ok! I want to see your child succeed and have an easy transition into the program. No one ‘technique’ works for all children. Be positive, proactive, and encouraging. Keep an upbeat, positive attitude about your child starting school, even though we know it’s hard! Be proactive in communicating with your child’s teacher. If something is going on in your family, let us know! Do anything you can to encourage your child. That may mean sending your child with a memento from you, setting aside special time with your child outside of school, or reading books that portray school in a positive light.”
Her thoughts on Canterbury after a few months on the job?
“Canterbury is an amazing place. I have freedom in my classroom: I can restructure my schedule or change my lesson at a moment’s notice. At the same time, if I need support, I know I have a host of people ready and willing to help!”
by David Whitehead