Karen met the team @ Montessori 3-6 back in 2012 when she was the Early Childhood lecturer for Workforce. She visited Amy as part of her course and did the same with other students in 2013 and with Manpreet in 2014. Prior to lecturing Karen worked in Steiner education for over a decade. Karen joined our team in 2016 and then attended the National MANZ conference with Vicky in Hamilton and enrolled in her Montessori Diploma with Aperfield and the Incredible Years course with the Ministry of Education to learn about social and emotional coaching. Karen brings her artistic talents to the teaching team and has been introducing felting to our children and creating great resources that follow the children's interests. She works 5 afternoons and has overall responsibility for the albums and curriculum progress for children participating in our 20 hours FREE programme from 1.30 to 5.30pm daily.
Karen has said:
"I enjoy the close, supportive teaching team and how we as teachers are provided with learning opportunities and working closely with families helping to support their aspirations for their children. I love the way children respond to learning and how we are able to work one on one with each of the children, supported by the very high teacher/child ratios. I like seeing the children learn new skills in practical life, numeracy and literacy and seeing how the child's achievements light up their face. I like listening to the children as they learn Te Reo and Spanish and they in turn correct my pronunciation and the confidence in the way they do this is priceless."
Vicki Thomson - Qualified ECE Teacher - leads our morning programme
Vicki has been teaching in Early Childhood in Napier and Christchurch for over 8 years. She enrolled her son who is not yet 3 earlier in the year and joined our teaching team in July just in time to join Karen in the 6 month training programme called Incredible Years. Vicki loves the outdoors and works with families and children to create goals that support the development of physical skills and co-ordination. Vicki completed her full First Aid course before starting and attended the Prevention of Sexual Abuse Education training in Hastings. She recently attended Professional Development at Pettigrew Arena and the book launch of a great book we have added to our Parent Library that is helping parents realise the importance of movement and how they can support their children at home. Vicki also attended a course at Taiwhenua, Hastings for the Treaty of Waitangi and the United Nations Rights of Children along with Vicky, Jan, Amy and Ana Silvia. She has added to Fun on Fridays and is making Rewana Bread with our children each week until Christmas.
Vicki said " I enjoy being at Montessori 3-6 working alongside our children, watching them learn and grow. Our three hour work cycle is a great opportunity for me to work one to one with the children and build close, meaningful relationships. I love the multicultural atmosphere here at Montessori 3-6 and the cultural gatherings that we have for the children, families and teachers to all come together. My passions are the outdoor environment, art, baking and music.