Julie began her affiliation with Beehive 5 years ago as a "working parent" when her daughter joined Beehive’s preschool class. Her presence in the school gradually increased through her work as both a substitute and enrichment teacher, including piloting the school’s ‘Sparkle School,’ an arts and project-based learning enrichment program. This year Julie is leading our PreK program. Prior to Beehive, Julie was a preschool teacher in Austin, TX, is also a certified Tinkergarten leader and earned her Elementary Education Certification from CU Boulder.
Carly grew up in Houston wanting to be a teacher while watching her mom in the classroom. She has worked with elementary afterschool programs and volunteers with children when she is able. Carly is earning her Early Education degree as well as her Child Development Associate Certificate. She loves being with kids and having the opportunity to play all day.
Carly is new to Beehive, and we have had a wonderful time welcoming her and showing her all the fun activities, we enjoy at Beehive.
Brigitte was introduced to Beehive by a former family and has been with us as our Teacher's Assistant for four years. She brings joy and energy to Beehive each day and shares a love for learning. Working at Beehive has set her current path. She is studying to become a pre-school educator. Brigitte is currently taking courses at the University of Houston - Downtown, studying child psychology.
Haley loves being in a learning environment, whether she is learning, teaching or coaching. She has teaching and coaching experience in preschool, elementary, middle and high school including time at St. Luke's Day School, St. John's School and West U. Elementary. Haley’s combination of early childhood education, passion for play-based learning, and perspective working with students as they transition into kindergarten are valuable tools, she will use at Beehive Coop Preschool. Haley and her husband, Wade, are longtime local residents, with twins who just graduated from West University Elementary and headed to Houston area Middle Schools.
Beehive is a play-based preschool that encourages children to become independent thinkers and explore learning through their interests. The school’s mission is to nurture the whole child by supporting academic, social, emotional, and physical growth; create school readiness; and foster parent involvement in their child's education. Beehive teachers facilitate play-based learning in combination with established educational curricula, while parents have the unique opportunity to be actively involved in their child’s educational community.
· Learn about literacy, math, and science through play and exploration to get ready for kindergarten.
· Explore their creativity to foster problem solving and critical thinking skills.
· Build social skills and work collaboratively with other children.
· Develop ability to follow directions and practice self-control.
· Develop emotion regulation skills in a supportive, positive environment.
· Develop fine and gross motor skills.
· Learn to take care of their bodies independently.
Beehive children enjoy a beautiful balance of child-directed, playful learning and teacher-directed academic support. Children grow confident in their abilities as learners while experiencing school as a fun place to be!