We strive to create a fun, positive, and welcoming environment where kids want to be and where learning feels like play. This classroom setting is unique in that we have a smaller class size with lower teacher/student ratios which are more conducive for an optimal learning experience.
Our classroom promotes peer play and interaction while incorporating academics. We typically have weekly themes covering topics such as colors, numbers, shapes, and letters. We incorporate different activities like crafts and show & tell to enhance the theme and help our kids generalize the concepts we teach.
We strive to meet each child at their level and work with them to literally "bridge the gap" to their next success.
Lead Teacher, Ms. Stella
I started working at Project HOPE Foundation in July 2013 and was first introduced to the Bridging the Gap program as a shadow in the Preschool class. My ABA experience has come through Hope Reach, but I've always worked with children in various settings and consider this my dream job!
I became the BTG Preschool Assistant Teacher in the summer of 2014, and moved to Lead Teacher for BTG Preschool in 2015. I also transitioned to a Senior Therapist role for Hope Reach summer of 2015.
My goal is to create a fun, positive, and welcoming environment where kids want to be and where learning feels like play. The classroom setting is so unique and I enjoy having the ability to interact with several children at once while teaching skills on multiple levels. I strive to meet each child at their level and work with them to literally “bridge the gap” to their next success. It’s always a rewarding experience to see both kids and parents thrilled with progress, no matter how small.
Degree: B.S. in Family & Consumer Science (2012) from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC
Hobbies: home decorating, shopping, getting ideas from Pinterest, enjoying spending time with my husband & cat, and coffee.
Classroom RBT, Ms. Ivy
Preschool is an exciting step for each child! My goal is to develop an ever-increasing love of learning through purposeful play and enriching activities. I hope that our classroom will be filled with fun, while providing the academic building blocks for the future.
I have always known that I had a passion for children, especially after seeing the impact my family members had as educators. I graduated in 2014 from Western Carolina University with B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. Over the past six years, I have had the opportunity to teach a wide spectrum of ages ranging from infants to Kindergarten.
In my free time I enjoy art, sewing and all thing creative. I also am an avid animal lover and enjoy spending time with my dog and cats.
Each school year is an exciting journey, and I am thrilled to be able to share it with my students and their families. What better way to begin a new year, than with a line from Dr. Seuss’ delightful book Oh the Places You’ll Go! “Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!“