Earth Day 

Early Educator Workshop

April 21, 2018

THANK YOU to our supporters! Lakeshore! Margie Kusnerik! Junior League & Junior Junior League! The Moody Foundation! Moody Methodist PEF! Ippolito Charitable Foundation! and many many more!

EVENT SCHEDULE

8:00 to 8:20 am

Sign in.

Breakfast snacks.

Mix and mingle.

Introductions  

8:20 to 9:20 

Session 1 

9:30 to 10:30

Session 2

10:40 to 11:40 am

Session 3

11:45 to 12:00 

Surveys

Door prizes

 

SESSION TOPICS

GARDENS IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM

Presenter Amy Musick

 

Come and fall in love with Lola as she plants a garden with her parents.  Learn about implementing gardening in your childcare program to support early childhood literacy development.  We will talk about raised beds and container gardening - no huge outdoor space needed!  Free book and 5 days of lesson plans with the opportunity to earn 5 bonus clock hours.

*Book is in English and Spanish

WEATHER WITH THE BEAR 

Presenter Amy Musick

 

Embark on a scientific adventure through the wonders of weather!  Using STEM learning techniques, we will discuss 5 days of lesson plans associated with a dual language book.  Strategies for teaching dual language learners will also discussed.  Free book and potential bonus hours are available.

*Book is in English and Spanish

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Presenter Christine Ortiz-Gatlin

The foundation for guiding children’s behaviors is to know how they grow and develop. This will be an overview of young children’s ages and stages of Social Emotional Development.

Children may have difficulty behaving well when adults expect too much or too little of them based on their development. The presentation will include strategies that enhance the self-esteem of young children and promote positive guidance techniques for teachers.

HOW MANY HATS DOES A CHILD CARE DIRECTOR WEAR?

Presenter Christine Ortiz-Gatlin

This session is especially designed for Child Care Directors. The work shop will discuss the challenges and joys of being a Child Care Center Director. The session will offer guidelines on how to juggle the many roles a Director plays. The session will also include the difference between being a Child Care Director Leader versus a Manager.

 

NURSERY RHYMES AND SONGS 

Presenter Ginger Kieckbusch

  

How can you support all domains of early childhood development with songs and nursery rhymes? If you teach ages 3 through 5, this is the session for you! 

COOKING WITH PRESCHOOLERS  

Presenter Renee Templer 

This active and fun workshop will demonstrate dozens of ways to use healthy food to teach the early childhood curriculum. Little learners from age two and up will learn about food preparation, independence and healthy eating with these ideas for hands-on activities. 

WHO ARE THE PRESENTERS? 

AMY MUSICK

A 12 year veteran of public education and certified trainer, Amy Musick is registered with the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System as Trainer #22443.  She has a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston and a Masters of Education in School Administration from Lamar University.  Amy is a Texas Certified Teacher in Life Science 8-12 with supplemental certifications in Gifted and Talented Instruction and English as a Second Language.  

Serving on the Board of Directors of a childcare facility has given Amy 6 years of early childhood experience - working closely with directors to implement Minimum Standards as defined by the Texas Department of Family Protective Services including the process of accreditation through the Texas Rising Star program.

CHRISTINE ORTIZ-GATLIN

Christine has more than 30 years experience in early childhood, most recently working with Collaborative for Children in Houston to support recovery for child care centers affected by Hurricane Harvey. Christine's experience has been in many early childhood settings, including for-profit and non-profit as a teacher and center director. She has experience working with both Early Head Start and Head Start centers. Her realm of experience includes 9 years as a public-school teacher and ten years at a community college as an early childhood education professor. Christine has a Masters of Education in Multicultural Education with specialization in Early Childhood Education from the University of Houston Clear Lake. 

LIZ TURNER 

Liz Turner is the Founder and Executive Director of SMART Family Literacy, a tax exempt organization, which gave 20,322 children's books in the Galveston area in 2017.  Liz holds a Texas teaching certification in special education and has many years experience in outdoor education, informal STEM education, and formal classroom instruction in mathematics. SMART Family Literacy will provide at least one book for every teacher participant at this workshop!

RENEE TEMPLER

Renee Templer was the director of Moody Day School at Moody Methodist Church from 1994 to 2017.  

GINGER KIECKBUSCH 

Ginger began her teaching career in 1991 at the Kid’s First Head Start Program in Hitchcock ISD. After two years teaching three and four-year olds with Head Start, she took a prekindergarten position at Northside Elementary School, also in Hitchcock ISD. Following 14 amazing years in Hitchcock, she moved to a prekindergarten teaching position with Odyssey Academy Charter School in Galveston. This allowed her to teach in my hometown and also enroll her son in the school where she would be teaching. She taught prekindergarten at Odyssey until 2010. While studying for her principal's certification, she taught  2nd grade at Odyssey. Since 2012, Ginger has been Dean of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Odyssey Academy.  

Contact Us

SMART Family Literacy

2728 Ave Q Ste 1A

Galveston, TX 77550

Tel. (409) 996-5399

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