Simi Valley Kindergarten Classroom is newly renovated and designed with the idea to provide a learning space for today’s Kindergarten child. The natural organic look of the bamboo floors provide an allergy free and durable material for the messy activities that naturally happen on a daily basis. The space in this room is more than enough to allow movement and several learning centers to engage the interest of the 4 to 6-year-old student. The subdued but attractive wall colors provide a calming backdrop for the bright and colorful furniture, wall displays, and area rugs. The more than ample storage enables a clutter-free room which helps the children to focus and function more independently as they learn new skills. The child-height modern-looking sink is a favorite feature that encourages the children to wash their hands, water plants, get a drink of water, and clean-up messes all by themselves. The colorful storage cubbies and the dog-tail coat hooks give each child a personal place to keep belongings.
The purpose of this classroom is to inspire learning through exploration, discovery, and creativity and to promote good citizenship through the model and character of Jesus, thus helping children become successful, contented, and happy.
I started in children’s ministry in 1973. As my own children grew, I felt strongly that a Christian education was vital for their training. It is still my belief and passion that God has led me to and I have passed this on to my children, thus today my four grandchildren are privileged to be receiving a Christian education as well.
In 1984 I was asked to teach kindergarten at the Antelope Valley Adventist School where my son and daughter were already attending. Although it was a surprise, I felt God calling me to teach, and in faith I gladly accepted the position. While teaching full-time, taking care of my family, and serving in children’s ministry, I completed a degree in Early Childhood at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California.
Over the years through my own education and experience, I have developed a philosophy and teaching mission. My goal is to provide for the four to six-year-old child a balanced learning environment that includes development for their emotional, spiritual, physical, and academic needs.
Every year I fall in love with a new group of children. Their excitement and enthusiasm about learning inspires me to give them the best possible experience I can. Daily I pray for the children and myself to grow closer to Jesus during our time together.