Early Childhood Education
Name: Terri Provencher
Position: Instructor, Early Childhood Education
Ms. Provencher worked for thirteen years owning and operating a licensed child care and preschool. She has five years of teaching experience, all in teaching Early Childhood Education to high school students. Ms. Provencher recently joined the Region 9 staff when she was hired as Instructor of the new Early Childhood Education program. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood and is working on her Bachelor of Arts in Education. Ms. Provencher's thoughts on being a teacher and the Early Childhood Education program and industry are as follows:
What is your teaching philosopy? I strive to create a challenging learning environment that incorporates all learning styles. Fostering a work ethic and academic skills that will help students be successful after high school is a priority.
What type of curriculum does the Early Childhood program use? The curriculum prepares students for post-secondary education, as well as career placement. A variety of written and oral components are utilized to help students be successful in post-secondary education. Students also gain experiences working directly with young children in the on-site preschool program. Child Development, including various philosophies and strategies, are covered from birth to school age. Our program is based on developmentally appropriate practices.
What are your thoughts about the Early Childhood industry? Early Childhood lends itself to a variety of higher education and job opportunities at many different levels working with young children. Teaching, psychology, social working, therapy, special education, and child care are some of the opportunities for working with young children.
Character Traits it takes to be successful in the Early Childhood industry:
- People whom posess patience and a genuine concerns for others
- Excellent communication and active listening skills are imperative when working with young children
- A willingness to be flexible and think out of the box is essential.