Old South Preschool Teachers
Blue Room - At Old South since 2009
Leslie’s career in Early Childhood Education began after graduating from the School of Fine Arts at Boston University. She started working as an assistant teacher at a private preschool, which sparked her love of teaching young children. Since that initial experience, Leslie decided to pursue her studies in ECE and began her professional career as an ECE Lead Teacher in 1993. Leslie has taught young children in a variety of settings, from private preschools to public school after-school programs. She brought her love of teaching and passion for creativity to the Blue Room at Old South Preschool in 2009.
Leslie has always been fascinated by how young children develop through the different stages of life. She particularly enjoys observing children being deeply involved in the creative process because of their pure ability to express themselves and their inhibited approach while exploring new ideas. From easel painting or block building to dramatic play, Leslie feels privileged to be able to encourage different possibilities while scaffolding children’s creative ideas at Old South Preschool. It is amazing for her to see how innovative young children can be throughout their day. She finds them all so inspirational when fully immersed in the creative process.
Blue Room - At Old South since 1988
Jennifer has been teaching in the toddler class at Old South Preschool for the past 31 years, having come to us immediately after completing her studies in Early Children Education at Lesley University. She enjoys working with the two- and three-year old children and loves every day she spends with them. There is a quote that sums up her philosophy and makes her passionate about Early Childhood Education: “A child is not something to mold, but a person to nurture, develop and watch unfold”. To be with young children and help them grow is a source of great satisfaction for Jennifer. Her favorite part of the school day is the classroom’s meeting time. This is when the children sing and share their stories. These stories amaze Jennifer and confirm the uniqueness of each child. She loves everything about Old South including the supportive environment, the staff, the parents, and most of all, the wonderful children.
Blue Room - At Old South since 2011
Vicky has been working in Early Childhood Education since 2009. The last eight years of her experience in the field has been with Old South Preschool in the Blue Room with children ages 2 years to 3.5 years. Vicky is also an Old South parent!
Vicky finds working in the Preschool extremely rewarding, knowing that she’s helping build the foundation of children’s education. For most children, the Blue Room is their first experience in a classroom setting with other children learning and exploring; knowing that she gets to be a big part of all of these “firsts” is a wonderful feeling for her. Vicky’s favorite part of the day is morning drop-off and free choice. The children come in with big smiles on their faces ready to conquer the day of exploration and imagination.
Green Room - At Old South since 2015
Joselyn graduated from Lesley University’s Threshold Program and has been part of a teaching team at Old South Preschool for the last 4 years. She started out as a student teacher and after graduating, gained the Early Education and Care Teacher Certification. She then began teaching children ages 2 years, 9 months to 4 years. In subsequent years, Joselyn expanded experiences with the team for the 4 to 5 year old class. She is currently working with the 3 and 4 year olds in the Green room. Joselyn is most passionate about having conversations with the children. She really enjoys listening to their ideas and understanding what they are thinking. Her favorite part of the school day is going to the playground where she sees them developing new social and physical skills. She loves their determination as they try and try again, until they achieve their goal. In her free time, Joselyn delights in doing artwork, especially painting, and she loves to cook.
Green Room - At Old South since 2002
Summer has been at Old South Preschool since 2002. In many ways the Green Room feels like home to her, and she strives to make sure it feels that way for her students as well. Prior to Old South, she taught at a preschool in Newton as well as at a school for children with autism in Southborough. It was summertime when she interviewed for a job at Old South, so the classrooms were empty when she visited, but something about the building and the space just felt right. Summer loves Old South’s location in Copley Square, where it seems the possibilities for exploration and adventure are limitless.
Summer especially enjoys using children’s literature as a jumping off point for curriculum. When a particular story strikes a chord with the children, she finds it so exciting to search for other books by that same author together. The anticipation on their faces when they continually request a beloved book never gets old to her. For Summer, if she can have some small part in instilling a lifelong love for reading in her students, then she feels like she is doing her job. Her favorite part of this past school year was their new “Green Room Book Club.” Everyone had a copy of the same story and would “meet” in various locations around the building, and even outside, to read and discuss it. After several school readings, each of the children would take their book home to read with their families. A strong home-school connection has always been something that is important to Summer.
Summer has a passion for photography, which inevitably finds its way into the classroom. Capturing moments of discovery, incredulity, concentration, excitement, or joy is always special, and she thinks it is important for the kids to see themselves in action, represented on the walls of the school, as well as for families to be able to see glimpses of what is happening each day.
Being a teacher of 3’s and 4’s, Summer never ceases to be amazed at the amount of growth and development she witnesses during a school year. She finds it inspiring, energizing, and fulfilling to be able to actively participate in this on a daily basis.
Green Room - At Old South since 2010
Saba has her Masters in Education, and has been teaching in the field of early childhood education since 2007. She has been teaching the Green Room at Old South Preschool since 2010. Saba enjoys the connection that she gets to make with her students and watching the social and emotional growth of the children that happens as the year goes on. She loves the meeting time when the whole class comes together to sing, discuss ideas, solve a problem, read a book, play a game, or brainstorm about possible new investigations.
Red Room - At Old South since 2005
Sharon began teaching full-time in 1996 working with two-year-old children, and then had the opportunity to work with children of various ages over the next few years. At Old South, she’s been a teacher in the Red Room with four and five year olds for fourteen years.
“Children change so quickly and it is a pleasure to have the opportunity to see them grow. When they first join the classroom in September, most of the children are shy and timid, and unsure of how to interact. Shortly after the year begins, the children’s individual personalities start to shine as they become more comfortable with their surroundings. It is a joy to see them develop, socially, emotionally, and physically. When a child faces a challenge, it is inspiring to watch as they persist until they achieve success. This past year, one of the children was struggling with fine motor tasks such as zipping his coat and gripping his pencil. At first he was reluctant to even try, but with continued encouragement he soon realized that he COULD do it. He even verbalized his plan “I’m going to practice all the time, even at home.” When he finally achieved his goal, he was proud and eager to share his accomplishments. The next morning, he ran into the classroom to announce the good news and demonstrate his expertise.”
Sharon particularly enjoys the lunchtime conversations that give students and teachers both an opportunity to share some of their personal experiences with each other. It is during this time that teachers really see and hear who the children are as individuals. Students enjoy sharing their stories and it is a treat to hear their take on life.
She knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a teacher. It was just part of her being from the very beginning. Sharon is happy to have finally found the place where she feels meant to be and considers her time at Old South to be an on-going privilege.
Red Room - At Old South since 2017
Jackie has been working in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) field for over 20 years, after receiving her BA in Multidisciplinary Studies. She has been at Old South since 2017, teaching 4- and 5-and-a-half year-olds in the Red Room. Previously, she worked independently as a preschool teacher, co-taught, and worked as an enrichment coordinator. Seeing the excitement when a child has learned something new that she helped teach makes her passionate about ECE. Jackie’s favorite part of the school day is the beginning of the morning when the children walk in with their smiling faces ready to share conversations and make connections with their peers. Jackie loves art, interior design, and nature walks.
Director - At Old South since 1979
Carolyn Davis has served as the Director of Old South Preschool since 1979. Together with a team of teachers, interns, volunteers, and parents, she guides the education and care of the children, and provides support and learning opportunities about the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive realms for parents. The particular focus of the school on relationship-building is a key component for continuously extending knowledge and developing camaraderie in the Old South community.
Carolyn is energized as she expands her base with an array of experiences related to families. They include teaching adults in continuing education courses, serving on neighborhood elementary schools’ Boards of Trustees, collaborating with heads of a group of downtown elementary schools and preschools, broadening access of early childhood education through service with community organizations, and doing extensive training in parenting education. Carolyn often acknowledges the joy of connecting with young children: “Children are inspiring. I love being a witness as they construct knowledge through challenging engagement, and reveal their diverse ways of thinking.” In her work with parents, she is an enthusiastic advocate for them to strengthen their skills and understand theories that increase positive interactions with their children during challenging times.
Carolyn’s passions and interests are wide and varied. Music, theater, museums, road trips, especially those through mountainous areas, book groups, and sports of all kinds give her a terrific boost. As a docent for a walking tour group for several summers, she enhanced her knowledge of local architecture and affirms that she is very intrigued by the process of developing structural designs. Carolyn has lived in the Boston area long enough now that she can finally identify it as home when asked about that, even as the years in Minnesota, Tennessee and the Carolinas have a grip on a distinctive spot in the collective home.