Lindsay Taylor - Preschool Teacher
Hi, I am Lindsay Taylor. I am excited to be joining the Cambridge Lakes Preschool team this year! I am a recent graduated of Northern Illinois University, with my bachelors’ degree in early childhood education, with a special education approval. During my studies, I also obtained a special education endorsement through third grade and a fine arts minor. This is my first year teaching, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the children and families in my community.
I moved to Pingree Grove in November and live in the Cambridge Lakes community. I was lucky enough to be a part of the Cambridge Lakes family during one of my clinicals in a third grade classroom. My journey with education goes back 5 years. I was a teacher assistant in a Montessori school for three years. That is where my aspiration to become a teacher was confirmed. During my studies, I was a nanny for a family of three boys and most recently, I was a lead teacher for an extended school year preschool program in Naperville. All my past experiences have made me become a well rounded and competent teacher.
I believe the purpose of education is to create functional members of society that support the values and beliefs and of our nation and instill a community of independent and collaborative thinkers, while nurturing noble morals and values. I believe early childhood education devotes much of the curriculum to nurturing and developing student’s ideals.
I believe the role of the teacher is to see each child as an individual and embrace and encourage their potential and diversity. The teacher needs to be an active participant in maintaining a classroom community. We as educators need to create a learning environment that is peaceful, engaging, promotes creative play and critical thinking. Teachers must be educators as well as ‘educarers’, they must be someone the students, as well as the families can trust. I believe building a quality relationship with the families is just as important as building one with your students. Working with the families to collaboratively support the values of a peaceful community inside and outside the classroom is what I will strive for as an educator.
I want to be the kind of educator that inspires her students to better themselves, while allowing the students to inspire me to better myself day by day. Teaching is a fulltime job that does not end when you leave the classroom. I will always be learning and looking for new ways to engage my students and myself. If we intend to create a brighter future for our students, we must help them not only understand where they came from, and how they got to where they are now, but also have the responsibility to help them understand where they are headed. I look forward to a great first year here at Cambridge Lakes Preschool!