Rachel Schaller

B.S. ~ Biology

University of Wisconsin

 “Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.” 
― Aldo Leopold

 

I believe that my role as an educator is to motivate a love of discovery and exploration in young children that will be sustained through their lives. We are lifelong learners, teachers learn from their students every day, and early childhood is a time for children to become comfortable asking questions. To foster a desire to learn new things and to embrace new experiences with an open mind is what I strive for as an early childhood teacher.

 

As an environmental educator I hope to extend the children’s love of exploration to the nature that surrounds us. I want the children to feel comfortable in new outdoor experiences and to develop good environmentalist habits. I hope to promote a respect for nature and a sense of stewardship over our A large part of my teaching philosophy is a strong relationship between teacher and student. Teachers are meant to act as guides in the journey of learning. This requires a bond of trust and understanding between teachers and their students. As a teacher I strive to create a relationship with my students where they feel open to explore their personalities, their interests, and the environment around them. In this way students gain confidence and will become intelligent global citizens.

Children who experience a positive relationship with nature at a young age will maintain that connection throughout their lives and grow to become adults who make knowledgeable decisions about the health of our planet.

Environmental Education Enrichment Teacher

212 West Lake Street, Elmhurst Illinois 60126

Phone: (630) 279-2494

Fax: 630-279-2846

E-mail: info@elmhurstacademy.com

Website: www.elmhurstacademy.com

School Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm

Before School Program: 7:00am-8:30am

After School Program: 3:30pm-6:00pm