A Little About Our Ivy Room...
Krissy Levigion - Lead Directress
Krissy joined Magnolia in 2017. She started in the Willow Room and then transitioned into the Early Childhood Room in 2018. This year she will be the Lead Directress in the Ivy Room. Krissy believes that her past experiences will greatly benefit her as she has learned that children truly are capable of so much and are eager to work towards their goals. Krissy has been working in the preschool setting for five years with ages ranging from infants to six years of age. She is currently working on receiving her CDA (Child Development Associate) and RBT (Registered Behavioral Technician) certifications. Krissy will soon begin working towards her Montessori certification as well.
Krissy has a special place in her heart for children with special needs. She worked privately for a family whose children had special needs. In doing so, she has learned more about patience, understanding acceptance, love, and happiness. One of her favorite facts is that, "children smile on average around 400 times a day, whereas adults only smile between 20- 50 times a day." Something to think about...
Throughout life, we are taught to see things in black and white. Children are able to see the rainbow in everything. I love teaching children what I know, but it is being able to learn from them that really gives me joy.
I chose the name “Ivy” for our room as it has a symbolic meaning behind it. That being, “Ivy” will never stop growing no matter what obstacles are in its way, just like children. Our goal is to promote a happy and safe learning environment for all children, no matter what challenges they are faced with.
In the Ivy Room, we focus on encouraging independence, positive communication, and respect for oneself and others. To reach these goals, we take a step back and observe what each child is capable of and create an individualized learning strategy for each child.
We encourage the children to explore and discover the environment freely. As adults, we have learned to see the world in black and white. At this point in a child’s life, they see the world in so many different colors. They are at their purest form and we do all we can to preserve it.
Maria Montessori once said, “The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.” Our goal is not only to prepare children to success in their academic careers but in life far beyond school.