Philosophy of Teaching and Learning

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

Mark Van Doren


I am inspired by children’s sense of joy and wonder, their creativity and curiosity, their challenging questions, and their innate wisdom.  I respect children as capable and competent; and know that they have taught me as much, if not more, than I have taught them.


Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Gardner, and the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, guide my way of thinking about and being with children. I believe that children learn best in a thoughtfully designed environment that encourages them to explore, create, and develop trusting relationships as they construct their understanding of the world and their place in it.

Teaching is a journey, not a destination.  It is a dynamic and joyful process that embraces research, reflection, and venturing into the unknown. I believe that teachers are facilitators who listen and observe, ask thoughtfuquestions, provide experiences that engage children's hearts and minds, and nurture children's relationships with people, materials, and ideas.