Early Childhood Education
Subject Matter Guru
Hello, my name is Sandra Norwood. I have a degree in Elementary Education and a certificate in Early Childhood Education. I started out in Early Childhood as a teacher's aide for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Head Start Program. I went back to college and received a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and later was certified in Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten the year before kindergarten was mandatory in the Hamilton County school system.
l worked as a Counselor in a social services program. After graduating from college, I moved on as an Education Coordinator in a program for parents of infants-three year olds, supervising teachers and training parents on parenting skills and child growth and development. Later, I went back to Head Start as a Center Supervisor/Lead Teacher and retired on as a Day Care Director.
Two years after retirement I took another job as a trainer of Child Care Directors and Teachers. Retiring again, I decided to become a Child Care Consultant.
Crawl Before You Walk
You see, I came up the ladder; teacher aide, teacher, educator coordinator, lead teacher/center supervisor, child care director, child care trainer and early childhood consultant. When I train early childhood educators, I can understand their position because I have been in the positions they are today. I've heard parents and others say a vast number of times "All the children do is play all day." What they don't know is "playing is learning." In one of the programs I worked, we hired parents as Teacher Assistants. After they encountered what Teachers did, they had more respect for Early Childhood Teachers. When children began school, they tell the teacher "but my mama said." After about four to six months they change to "my teacher said." You will never get rich teaching pre-school but the rewards are great. Everyone can not be a pre-school teacher. In the old days it was said you can teach when you can't do anything else. I'd like to see it done. It takes a special person to be a teacher. All of my associates were teachers and are now retired. I am in good company. It is rewarding to see how children develop physically and grow mentally.
Due to my formal training and experience in Early Childhood, I am fortunate to be a consultant, trainer, and mentor of pre-school teachers. I can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will also be co-facilitating the Vision Board Junior workshop on February 20, 2017. Go to the Products and Workshops tab for more information.