Year: 2012 — Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence Recipient
673 Firdale Street
Coquitlam, British Columbia V3J 6N2
Type of setting: Preschool for ages 3 to 5 years
I am amazed by the possibilities that exist for exploration by innocent conversations.
A year in Susan Woodward's preschool classroom is like living through a fairy tale. On their journey, children discover enchanted forests, magical creeks and mystical little creatures which become the stepping stones to learning about the world that surrounds them.
Philosophy of Care
A strong belief that all children have the ability to learn guides Woodward's philosophy of care. She makes time for every child and pushes their creativity, encourages their questions and finds out what works best to stimulate physical, social, creative and emotional development for each of them.
Support of Child Development
- Woodward makes sure to instill a social consciousness in her students as they prepare Christmas hampers and support a foster child in Cambodia. Children even make sure that their parents recycle, showing them how to turn bottlecaps, corks and egg cartons into amazing creations.
- Woodward encourages children to play together, collaborate and develop friendships. They ask each other for help and partner up to play detective.
- Students are awed by beautiful and inspiring playscapes that teachers create to incite wonder and interest. They have created dinosaur caves complete with tunnels and music, and a light table with a blue cellophane ice surface for penguin toys to walk on.
Involvement with Parents, Families and the Community
- Woodward encourages family involvement and feedback throughout the year. At the beginning of each year, each family gets a home visit and parents also get a monthly newsletter, which also keeps them up to date on children's events in the community.
- The mastermind behind the Construction Project, Woodward and her team developed a series of activities related to construction. Children visited a local construction site and spoke with workers. They also visited a local high school cooking class and baked gingerbread for the houses they would later construct with their parents at the Christmas party and which would later serve as gifts upon a visit to a seniors care home.
[Mrs. Woodward] celebrated every victory with us as she would her own child's, and her sensitivity to [our son's special] needs never diminished a speck of attention from the other children. In fact, each child received the same attention to their unique needs and strengths.
Susan is an educator with vision and passion to enhance educational practices for young children.
Instructor and coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Program