Our teachers are carefully selected for their education and knowledge of Early Childhood Education, their commitment to a high quality educational experience, and their personal characteristics which make them well-suited to working with young children. Golden Poppy is fortunate to enjoy retention of approximately 85% of our beloved staff. Most of our teachers have been at Golden Poppy between 8 to 20 years!
Each classroom has a hierarchy of lead teacher, and three classroom teachers, each with varying responsibilities. The lead teachers are responsible for overall curriculum planning, student assessment and conferencing, and production of a monthly newsletter and calendar of activities for their classroom. Classroom teachers are also involved in curriculum planning and implementation. In addition, all our teachers are actively involved in parent education and advice including topics such as potty training, eating and sleeping habits, behavioral issues and developmental milestones. Golden Poppy staff will strive to develop a partnership with parents to achieve common goals.
It is our belief that a teacher's primary responsibility is to nurture a love of learning in all children, and in the process help children become self-confident learners who demonstrate respect for others. Academic skills are important, but equally important are the social skills which help children integrate successfully into society.
Golden Poppy offers an ongoing program of staff development and training. Several in-service days are included in the school calendar to facilitate this learning. One of our annual in-service days is used to update or certify CPR and first aide training for all teachers. Our staff is extremely dedicated, knowledgeable, supportive and nurturing. They form the backbone for each child's first positive educational experience.