Hello my name is Shelly Todd, I am the Assistant Director here at Aldersgate Preschool, and I need to begin by telling you: I am not perfect. But, I think that not being perfect makes me better at my job. The best part of my job is building relationships with the kids and families at the preschool. What makes it so fun is that I can totally relate. I can relate to the parent of the strong-willed child who refuses to wear anything but her purple velour pants, the 3 year old who won’t poop on the potty, and the 5 year old who cares nothing about learning her ABC’s (is she ready for kindergarten or should I wait?). I can relate because I’ve been there with my own children.
There’s something else you should know about me: I am a total geek when it comes to reading books, blogs, journal articles, etc. about children. I am passionate about education, child development, and parenting. And (while sometimes it may be a little annoying) I love to share what I know. After having officially been a momma for 11 years now and in education for 15, I feel like I have a little bit of insight to share. I also realize that I am always learning and improving in both my parenting and my work.
I was a parent here for five years and loved Aldersgate Preschool. This is officially my third year as an employee and I have to tell you: I love it even more. I love that we have some of the very best teachers I have ever worked with, that our director is always looking for ways to improve upon what we do, and that we as a preschool can continue to do what is best for your child. I say it over and over all the time: everything that we do here at Aldersgate Preschool is intentional. There is an intent and reason behind it. And so I will continue to write blog posts, send you picture e-mails, type up hand-outs, and talk one on one with you on the phone or in the hallyway about your child. I want you to understand our philosophy: why your son came home with paint on his clothes (because he discovered that yellow and red create orange: cause and effect), why your daughter only played with blocks today (her visual memory is working right now and she’s been creating a town), and why your child can’t stop singing “Wide Mouthed Bullfrog” (this is such great early literacy as they are beginning to sequence and learn about rhyming).
I love my job, I feel very strongly about what we do here at Aldersgate, and I am very excited to continue to share my thoughts here on this blog.