Our teachers have years of teaching experience with young children and have educational backgrounds in elementary education and early childhood.
Each classroom is staffed with two professional and experienced teachers. Our staff is dedicated to provide children a nurturing and supportive learning environment. We focus on a hands-on approach using manipulative materials and real-life situations in science and math curriculum. Discovery and exploration are encouraged in all of the learning activities. Twice a year parent and teacher conferences are conducted to inform parents about the child's development and progress.
A brief education background and experience of each Pooh Corner Preschool staff member:
Sarah Brooks has an Associates degree in Child Development from Washtenaw Community College, as well as training in HighScope. Sara has been with Pooh Corner for 8 years.
Terrie Eroh has a Bachelor's degree in Science and in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Michigan University and has extensive HighScope training. Terrie has taught for 14 years at Pooh Corner.
Jennie Finocchiaro has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Michigan University. She has taught children in preschool through 2nd grade for 9 years. Jennie feels that children learn best when they are actively involved in making their own choices, have a sense of community amongst their peers, and are supported by their teachers.
Lisa Rader has a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Language Arts from Eastern Michigan University. She received her Masters degree in Special Education-Learning Disabilites from the University of Michigan. Lisa has taught at the elementary level for the past 7 years. She believes in creating a positive learning environment that stimulates a child's ability to grow emotionally, intellectually, and interpersonally.
Heidi Woltemath has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Michigan. She later returned to school at Eastern Michigan University to pursue her real passion of educating young children. She believes that it is her job to guide the children through many different experiences and activities. She feels it is her responsibility as a teacher to use her knowledge and passion to reach each child and give him/her the skills and experiences necessary to be the greatest individual he/she can be.
Sufen Lin is the Director of the Pooh Corner Program. Sufen has a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Michigan University. She taught children from 0-5 years old and has more than 20 years of experience working with children and parents, including 10 years as an Early Childhood Program Director for the University of Michigan.