Teacher Profile – Jess

Preschool teacher Jess came to the Methodist Early Learning Center in 2015, first working in the infant room part-time. She then was lucky enough to follow her class as they grew from infants to toddlers and then toddlers to preschool after returning to full time. Jess first starting working with young children in 2006. “I like that we’re focused on something different all the time—minute to minute.” She focuses on the positive reinforcement and provides the students with lots of fun incentives. “The kids love stickers and high-fives,” she says. Jess believes that teaching respect (for: self, for the people around you, and for the space around you) is extremely important to the children’s social growth. “It’s the basics. Treat others they way you want to be treated, and always remember that at this young age, children learn through play” she says, making sure to add that she “loves learning from the children, too.” “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing” is one of her favorite quotes by George Bernard Shaw.