Preschool Program

Our Green Room Teachers

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Myra

Myra Van Eekelen is a Green Room Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2015. She graduated High School from Waldorf School in Zeist, The Netherlands and has a B.S in Education and Mathematics from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. Her philosophy of teaching is based on valuing the creative potential in each child, offering activities that help foster enthusiastic learning, intellectual growth, self-esteem and social responsibility and to offer a nurturing environment for a healthy development for each child.

“Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book. We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us and consisting of the children themselves.” – Rudolf Steiner

Myra is a professional member of NAEYC and a Maine Roads to Quality, Level 5.

Away from work, she enjoys traveling, gardening and reading.

 

Evan Cuddy

Evan

Evan is the Afternoon Green Room Teacher and the Music Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2012. He has a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Susquehanna University and Master of Music in Performance from the University of Southern Maine. His philosophy of teaching includes building on children’s strengths and giving them the tools they need to overcome their weaknesses.

“I want to make music and arts accessible to everyone, regardless of skill level.”

Evan is a Certified Instructor of the Mark O’Connor Violin Method, a member of Maine Music Educators Association and a member of NAEYC.

Away from work, he enjoys running, playing with dogs, and playing the violin.

Cathleen

Cathleen is a Green Room Teacher who has worked at The Children’s Center since July 2017. She has a Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. She believes that children learn best through hands on experiences, that each child has unique abilities and that we must meet them where they are currently in development.

“Children need to have a consistent and secure environment to continue to grow in all areas of development.”

Cathleen is a professional member of NAEYC and a Maine Roads to Quality, Level 6.

Away from work, she enjoys paddle boarding, hiking and yoga.

Our Red Room Teachers

Rita Bagala

Rita

Rita is a Red Room Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2004. She has a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education from Georgian Court College. Her philosophy of teaching is based on creating a safe, happy environment. This allows her to approach each child as an individual and allows her to offer materials that encourage children to explore, investigate, and interact with their peers so that they can grow and develop in all aspects: physically, socially, and emotionally.

“Learning happens when children are offered many opportunities to play and explore the materials around them.”

She is a professional member of NAEYC and Maine Roads to Quality, Level 7.

Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family and going for walks with her husband.

 

Anne

Anne

Anne Lisak is a Red Room Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2015. She has a B.A in Music and a Masters in Elementary Education. Her philosophy of teaching includes the belief that children learn through exploration and play in an inviting environment.

“Children flourish when they feel respected and are able to respect and learn from their peers, teachers and environment.”

Anne is a professional member of Maine Roads to Quality, Level 8

Away from work, she enjoys photography, reading, exploring the outdoors and spending time with her family.

 

Our Blue Room Teachers

Tabitha Gould

Tabitha

Tabitha is a Blue Room Teacher and has worked at The Children’s Center since 2007. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Greenfield Community College. Her philosophy of teaching includes the belief that children flourish when they have some control over their learning.

“I believe all children are capable of amazing things.”

Tabitha is a professional member of NAEYC and Maine Roads to Quality, Level 6.

Away from work, she enjoys photography and painting.

 

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Ivan