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Courtney Dickerson

2s Preschool Teacher
 

I recently completed additional graduate coursework in Early Childhood Education at Campbellsville University. I have a master’s degree in Elementary Education with Kentucky Teaching Certification in K-5. I started my formal teaching career at Western Kentucky University in their childcare center. While there, I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies and an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I also hold Kentucky Early Childhood Director Certification. I am in my 9th year in education and my 2nd year being a 2’s teacher at Virginia Chance School.

I became curious about this beautiful school when passing by one day. I was drawn in more when I discovered the progressive education model and the unique way children are guided to explore and learn through nature at Chance School. As a substitute teacher, I had the opportunity to see all of the great things that go along with the progressive approach to educating the whole child. Treating children with respect and dignity is one of the essential parts of my teaching philosophy. At Virginia Chance School, this not only helps children be confident learners but overall good people who treat others with respect and compassion.

Growing up in the countryside of Southern Kentucky, I loved exploring outdoors. The opportunities provided at VCS to explore nature and learn things like gardening are incredible lifelong skills. Watching children feel confident in their abilities to explore the woods, climb over logs, run through puddles, and enjoy the world around them is so lovely. Being able to enjoy so much time outdoors is genuinely why we love the Virginia Chance School.

Teaching through the open-ended thematic unit for the school-wide compassion project made me truly appreciate the opportunity children and teachers are given to learn and explore here.

Our 2’s class enjoyed the school-wide thematic unit last year so much that it extended into another month of learning about Owls. We learned different owl calls, spent time listening for Owl calls outside on our playground and our walks in the woods. The highlight was being able to see and feel an owl!

Outside of my time at school, I love to draw, explore outdoors, go to car shows with my fiancé and spoil our three big fur babies. I look forward to bringing my passion for creating a nurturing environment to the twos class again this year.