“I am continually amazed by the spontaneity of young children. Their ideas, their questions and sense of wonder teach me the importance of being in the moment and looking at things as if for the first time. Children keep me young at heart.”
WWCNS Teacher’s Mission
Teachers at WWCNS strive to apply their own process of growth and development in creating a learning environment that inspires children to explore their classroom, the community, and the outside world.
Teachers strive to engage children, families and co-workers in ways that model respect, acceptance and equality.
The Co-op’s Director, Pat Rackliffe, came to the Co-op as an assistant teacher in 1990. She worked with all age groups at the Co-op before becoming a lead teacher in a three year old classroom. In 2000, Pat became Director of the school while she continued to teach. Pat’s second home is the classroom.
Pat has a B.S. degree from the University of Bridgeport and
a MS Ed from Bank Street College of Education in NYC.
The Co-op teachers each bring unique attributes to their work. Their backgrounds, education, and experience are
diverse and contribute to the quality of the experience they offer the children in their care. They have knowledge of
child development in order to plan for each day, set
appropriate goals and assess children’s progress. Their approach to the education of young children is
consistent with the Co-op’s philosophy and mission.
The Co-op is committed to hiring the most qualified
teachers from the best teaching institutions. Teachers' qualifications are an important criteria in the NAEYC accreditation process. The Co-op consistently meets 100%
of the standard requirements. Each year Co-op teachers complete a minimum of 15 hours of professional development training.