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Hayley Abell

Kindergarten & Primary 1 Teacher

I have a MAT in Elementary Education from Bellarmine University in and a BS in Psychology from University of Louisville. I discovered my desire to work with children in 2001 when I began working as a play, language, and socialization therapist for children. In 2004, I became a teacher at a local independent preschool. After eight years of training in early childhood education, I wanted to apply and expand my knowledge of progressive education and began teaching at Virginia Chance School as a 3s teacher in 2013 and joined the fantastic K-1 team in 2014.

My teaching philosophy is that the essential purpose of learning is to be able to better understand and delight in the world and its people, as well as to answer life’s great questions. My role as a teacher is to provide rich materials, thoughtful experiences, and a safe, inviting environment so children can joyfully develop skills that will enable them to explore, think on, and question over the world. I have two children at Virginia Chance School, Anna, who is a 4th grader this year and Jack, who is currently a 1st grader, and began at VCS as a three-year-old. My husband, Mike, and I have observed how supported our children have been in their academic learning, encouraged in their interests, and guided in their personal growth at VCS.

I enjoy new challenges and cultivate a love for art, baking, and exercising which I share with children in the classroom. I am also fond of reading and playing games with family and friends.