Sandy Spears is a bridge teacher at Pines Preschool. She received her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Houston. She also completed an intensive Baltimore, MD 10 week Association Montessori Internationale program for 3, 4 and 5 year olds and an 8 month Rice University Cultural Literacy Story Telling Project for developing early literacy. Throughout her teaching career, she has participated in trainings and workshops through NAEYC, Kindermusik, and Neuhaus. She has 10 years of experience as a lead or co-lead teacher in classes with children in the 3 to 6 year old range and has an additional 5 years of substitute teaching experience in early education classes with a variety of teaching philosophies: Montessori, play based, NAEYC accredited, and direct instruction. Before her 15 years in the early education field, Sandy was a licensed foster parent with Associated Catholic Charities for 6 years. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and she and her husband Clay are the parents of a son and a daughter now in college and graduate school studying atmospheric science, glaciology, renewable energy and electrical engineering.
The information from this website is pulled from the following resources:
1) writings of developmental psychologists: Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson, Bandura, Montessori etc.,
2) social and neuroscience research,
3) NAEYC best practices, (These are based on input from NAEYC's 80,000 members. NAEYC has been around since 1926 with teachers giving input on issues. If a 1,000 teachers weigh in on one early ed issue and each of those members has taught 10 kids a year for 20 years, that is 200,000 data points/kids they are drawing conclusions from.)
4) her experience above,
5) NAEYC endorsed books and other highly respected readings
6) Experience with early education play therapists in play therapy sessions.