BSED Childhood Education with Special Education & MSED in Literacy
Teaching and working with children has always been such a huge part of what makes me happy. Being in the primary grades, I felt that it was my responsibility to instill a LOVE for learning and to teach/model kindness. Of course there were runny noses and shoes to be tied, but little minds and hearts are just so enthusiastic and eager! The years that I taught in my inclusive classroom, I would often think THIS is the best gig yet!
In my late 20’s I fell in love with a fellow teacher (makes for great snow days and summer vacations!) and a few years later we were blessed with our first baby girl. I knew that I wanted time at home with her and so I took a child rearing leave. I remember my mom saying that she knew how badly I wanted to be home with her, but she just couldn’t imagine my daily life outside of the classroom. Fast forward four years and we now are a family of four (soon to be five!)
P2L was born after years of reflection on what I want to give and take away from this life AND what I want the girls to learn from our days together. I recently thought back to my mother’s concern and she was right. I did need to be back in a classroom, but to have my girls with me while I work and to be the inspiration behind my planning and preparation, now THAT’s a real gig!
I feel so blessed to think that so many of you join my little family each week to read, sing, create, investigate, and play. Our community deserves to have Play2Learn. Opportunities for family bonding and enrichment during the early childhood years are crucial. Thank you for allowing me into your family. as together, we support your little one’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth.
Terri Stimson is a mother of three grown children and a recently retired occupational therapist with 35 years of experience with children from pre-K through young adulthood in the public school setting. Terri believes that offering children and caregivers the opportunity to participate in joyful and varied sensory/motor experiences remains vital for enhancing gross/fine motor, language and social skills as they progress at their own pace through the developmental sequence. With this in mind, and in coordination with Kelly Vincentini’s Play2Learn Tot Time classes, Baby Sensory/Motor class is offered for infants who are not quite ready to walk, and Mini Movers for those beginning walkers through age three.
BSED Childhood Education, MSED Literacy
Jen is currently teaching Art Studio & Friday Mini Movers!
She taught Universal Pre-Kindergarten for twelve years and she absolutely loved it and had no plans on leaving until she had her daughter in the summer of 2017. Becoming a parent had always been her dream and when that dream became a reality, she made the very difficult decision to take a break from being in the classroom. She knew in her heart it was the right decision for her family, but at the same time she’s really missed teaching. She loved being an educator at the early childhood level because she had the opportunity to help children fall in love with learning by playing, exploring and reading and to instill/teach important life skills such as being kind to others and sharing. She is so happy to be a part of Play2Learn because it allows her to cherish the magical time of early childhood with both our Play2Learn families as well as her own (she and her daughter attend Thursdays MM!)”