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Tom Moore

Head Teacher

Finding His Way To EBNS:

  • Teacher

  • Father

  • Traveler

  • Nurturer

  • Farmer

  • Learner

Educational Experiences:

  • Early Childhood Education Student at SUNY Geneseo

  • Kindergarten Teacher at Cobblestone School

  • Art Teacher in the Rochester City School District 

Educational Philosophy:

  • Child-Centered, experiential education engage kids and prepare them for future learning.

  • Play! Wonder! Nurture! Fairytales, songs and games are used to open minds and hearts. 

  • Learning and life are seasonal and rhythmic. Varying play by the season and by the day is purposeful and allows children to learn actively.

Hopes Within the Classroom:

  • Every child should feel important and understand that their feelings matter.

  • Children will come together respecting and caring for one another so they will grow to function as healthy adults with an appreciation for community.

  • When friends are sad, hurt or feeling left out, they talk about how it is important that everyone feel included and safe, with their bodies as well as their hearts.

  • Children will be encouraged to notice each other and to let each other know when something is not right or if someone is hurting. 

  • Embracing the joy of teaching, learning and community!

 

“What could be more magical than watching children grow?” – Teacher Tom

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Katie Banta

Assistant Teacher

Finding Her Way To EBNS:

  • Childlike wonder

  • Teacher

  • Mother

  • Community Member

Educational Experiences:

  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and a specialization in Special Education from Concordia University Chicago

  • Kindergarten Teacher

  • 3rd Grade Teacher 

Early Educational Philosophy:

  • Play is the foundation to growth in a child’s early development. 

  • Inviting children to guide their own learning experience whenever possible builds confidence and their sense of wonder.

  • A focus on patiently and gently helping to navigate their social and emotional skills in the earliest years prepares children to have a more successful higher educational experience. 

  • The outdoors are a gift and we should embrace the educational opportunities offered to us naturally as often as possible. 

Hopes Within the Classroom:

  • All of the children feel loved, safe and heard. 

  • Our community thrives as we learn and grow as human beings through our many different roles. 

  • The flow of the seasons continue to guide our stories, songs and hand crafts. 

  • The rhythm of the day provides us all with a sense of comfort so that we can come to expect a certain peace when we gather.

  • That all of the children fall in love with learning and feel confident in their ability to adventure and explore what awaits them outside of EBNS.

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Cori Almekinder

Vice Chair

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Lauren Dias

Registrar