"A child's mind is not a bucket to fill, but a fire to ignite."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world. . . "
As a kindergarten teacher, I am inspired to help my students find their own passion and experience the world
around them through their many senses. In every student, I strive to foster an appetite for connecting learning from the classroom to real world experiences. I treat each day as a new adventure from which to learn and grow.
"It's not just learning to count that's
important, but also learning what counts."
"The best teachers teach from the heart, not from a book."
"Every child is gifted... they just unwrap their packages at different times."
My name is Alvia Browne-Compaore. I have been an Early Childhood Educator for twelve years and have taught at the Elementary level for over thirty years. Although I enjoyed teaching in the upper grades, my heart will always be with Pre-kindergarten. I believe that children should be provided with a nurturing environment that offers an opportunity to explore, investigate, and experience a variety of meaningful activities. As an educator, I must be responsible, knowledgeable, optimistic, open-minded and caring. I will do my best to create a safe learning environment where students can grow at their individual levels and at their optimum pace.
Hi, my name is Janel Bury I am a teacher at School #4 in Linden, NJ.
I strongly believe that learning is fostered through “hands-on, minds-on“ activities. Children will grow socially and academically with suitable teacher scaffolding and instruction. My goal each year is to provide a classroom that is engaged which supports child-initiated learning.
All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them!
I believe that providing a stimulating learning environment will nurture and develop student growth. Each child must be recognized as an individual learner to reach their highest level of learning. Collaboration with families is essential for a positive learning experience.
"The future of the world is in my classroom every day; the profession that teaches all other professions. How lucky am I that the world will be just a little more bright because of my students."
My philosophy for my Pre-Kindergarten classroom is based on the understanding that the early years are the crucial “stepping stones” of each child’s first school experience. This is the foundation of their educational school years to come. I recognize that the rate of learning and development during these years maximizes each child’s potential; therefore, I pride myself in providing an open, caring and extremely warm environment while building upon the understanding that every child can learn. With enthusiasm and determination, I truly believe every single child can learn and even though it may not always be in the same way or even on the same time, it is my goal to reach each individual child and go where they need me to so that a positive foundation for the future will be met and nurtured. I am dedicated in providing a learning experience that develops a positive self-image in every child along with the social, emotional and intellectual skills necessary to be found in a successful classroom.
"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child"--Forest E. Witcraft
I believe that children learn best in a classroom that embodies warmth, positivity, and fairness where each student feels comfortable and safe sharing their ideas and interests as we grow together throughout the year. I want to constantly encourage my students to go above and beyond what they expect to learn and reach for their highest of goals. Not only do students learn from their teacher, but a teacher also learns from his or her students. Students also learn from one another as they interact each day forming tight bonds, while also learning to work together cooperatively as a team. All students learn differently and I believe it is imperative as an educator that I encourage and inspire my students to learn in a meaningful way where they feel connected and engaged. We are a family in my classroom where we are proud of one another and excited each day for Pre-K!
My name is Josefina Gil and I have been teaching in the Linden School District
for 20 years. For most of those years I was an English as a Second Language Teacher. I love being a Kindergarten teacher! I tell the parents that I have two important jobs as their children's teacher -- one is to teach them to read, write and count and the other is to get them to love school!
I believe that my role is to guide children in their individual process of learning and development. I seek to provide children with rich experiences as well as foster creativity as we work together in this process. I am dedicated to providing a nurturing learning environment that supports every child's social-emotional and cognitive development.
Teachers who love teaching, teach children who love learning
I approach teaching with a child-centered philosophy. I believe that every aspect of a child’s personality, be it cognitive, social, emotional, physical, or spiritual, should be touched or challenged in some way during his or her journey with me. Each of these areas is interrelated, and in a relaxed and rich learning environment, these aspects can naturally integrate to create maximal and effective learning.
The early years of children’s lives are the most critical when it comes to their development. I believe that it is very important to have a child in an environment that is consistent and secure. I will strive to provide a safe, comfortable, stimulating, fun, and educational environment with a structured day plan.
I have been teaching Early Childhood for 11 years with the Linden Public Schools. It is my belief that these first years of school build a child's foundational skills and develop social skills that will be used throughout their life. Hooray for Kindergarten!
My name is Vanessa Kennaway and I have been working for LPS for the last six years at School No. 5. I am a lifelong resident of Linden and absolutely love teaching where I grew up. My Pre-K teacher was my inspiration to become a teacher and I hope to make that same impact on my students.
My name is Susanna Larmore and I have been teaching in Linden for twenty years, ten of which have been in Pre-Kindergarten. As a child's first teacher, it is imperative that I teach and model how to respect one another, to share and compromise, to value others' voices and opinions, and to nurture in such a way that children know they are loved and valued. Pre-Kindergarten is a beautiful time in which so much individual growth takes place, as children grow and develop according to their own developmental timeline.
Be open, be honest and be patient because each child is a gift ready to be unwrapped. It's my job as a teacher to help them succeed!
"A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark"-Chinese Proverb
My goal as a Pre-K Teacher is to instill a lifetime love of learning in all children. My philosophy is every child CAN learn. I help children succeed based on their individual learning style. In Pre-K we develop their motor, academic, and social skills. I look forward to a productive year of working with you in teaching your child!
As an educator I strive to instill a love of learning in my children. If I had five minutes to pick up things from my classroom, I would go straight to my classroom library. Literature has been a focal point to all areas of the curriculum in my classroom. Literature has the power to provide authentic learning situations and integrate all subject areas.
Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression"
- Dr. Hiam Ginnot
My name is Melody Olsen and I have taught Pre-K for 24 years at School #9 in Linden. I have a MA in Early Childhood Education and an N – 8 teaching certificate. I believe in fostering a developmentally appropriate classroom environment where my students feel comfortable enough to be constantly challenged with new learning experiences. I am involved in many activities outside of the classroom such as Family Science, being a PTA liaison, and attending community building functions for my school so that the all-important bond of home and education can be enhanced for my Pre-K students.
My favorite thing about teaching is watching the look on a child's face when they finally get something they didn't understand before.
"We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open"
- Harry Edwards
My name is Maria Russo. I graduated from Rowan University with a BA in Elementary Education and Writing Arts. I have four years of experience teaching early childhood, however, this is my first year teaching Kindergarten in the Linden Public School District. As an alumni of Linden Schools, I am excited to be back and to be able to contribute to our community.
My name is Stacey Salvato and I am certified K-5 in Elementary Education. Having grown up in Linden and attending our schools, I am honored to be a part of providing our Early Childhood children with a positive, safe, and exciting learning environment.
"Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children."
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.- Benjamin Franklin
The best way to predict your future is to create it. - Abraham Lincoln
"Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning."
My name is Mrs. Colleen Williams and I am 30 years old. I grew up in Linden and recently moved to Middletown with my husband. This is my 7th year teaching and my 7th year at School #5! I love spending time with my family, pets, and friends. I graduated from Rowan University with my B.A. in Elementary Education and from Kean University with my M.A. in Early Childhood Education.
My name is Mrs. Wisniewski. I've been teaching kindergarten for 8 years and enjoy every minute of it. As teacher's we plant the seedsof knowledge that lasts a lifetime.
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating environment in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help each student meet their needs at their individual level. Every classroom has a unique community of learners that varies not only in abilities, but also in learning styles. Teaching is a lifelong learning process of learning about new philosophies and new strategies, learning from the parents and community, learning from colleagues, and especially learning from the children. It is my joy to see students bloom throughout the year.