Lead Kindergarten Teacher
Stanlee Maliszewski received a BS in Psychology and Human Services from Carroll University, her Masters of Arts in Education, and Waldorf Early Childhood Certification from Mount Mary University. Stanlee has attended the LifeWays Early Childhood and Human Development Training in Milwaukee, which was developed by one of the founding teachers at Prairie Hill. Before moving into the Kindergarten classroom, she had been Prairie Hill’s Playgroup Coordinator, leading playgroups for parents & children ages infant to 4 years old and also coordinator of our wonderful Summer Garden Camp program.
Miss Stanlee is an embodiment of what it means to be a "Loving Authority". She teaches the children how to be their best selves through consistent modeling of good behavior and firm boundaries that provide a sense of security for the children.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination circles the world” – Albert Einstein
In early childhood, young children are nurtured in a home-like environment. Their days include time in nature, artistic activities, creative play with natural toys, stories, songs, and practical activities such as building, sewing and cooking. The curriculum fosters the curiosity and joy of childhood and builds the self confidence and pre-academic skills that become the foundation for formal learning in the grades.
All elements of the kindergarten are guided by trained teachers who deeply understand how your child learns – engaging him or her intellectually, emotionally and physically. The curriculum is supported by a strong oral tradition that provides rich language experiences that are successful in cultivating good speech and expression. This approach exposes your child to significantly larger vocabularies than those found in early-reader programs, allowing her or him to expand their literacy skills through dramatization, poetry, puppet plays, songs, storytelling and drawings – creating a foundation in reading and writing.