Training and Recognizing our Teachers

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Pre-K teachers Mr. Zach and Ms. Remy discover new outdoor play ideas during their training session

Pre-K teachers Ms. Remy and Mr. Zach discover new outdoor play ideas during their training session

Once a year, all 200 plus Day Early Learning teachers and leaders come together for a day of training put on by our organization. Summer Institute, as we call it, allows teachers to learn new ideas and ways to refresh their lesson plans and network with fellow teachers from other centers, all while earning credits towards their required training hours.

Teachers are grouped according to the age they teach and their teaching level, whether they are a new or seasoned teacher, and the trainers customize their lessons accordingly. Teachers spend the day learning from a variety of trainings including:

  • How to incorporate social/emotional development into daily lesson plans and activities
  • How to be more intentional during outdoor time
  • How to deal with challenging behaviors, and even
  • How to implement social studies in a one year-old room

Center directors, assistant directors and office managers also participate in Summer Institute through leadership training throughout the day. Summer Institute is a great opportunity for Day Early Learning to improve at what we do to serve the children and families of Indiana, and we want staff to know that we are committed to professional development.

Summer Institute is also a time for us to recognize staff for their years of dedicated service, educational achievements, promotions, and perfect attendance. We also award the most influential teacher from each center, most influential leader overall and the Kathy Klatte award.

IMG_5323.edMost Influential Teachers:

  • Ashley Burton, Day Early Learning Center for Infants & Toddlers
  • Jean Edwards, Day Early Learning at Eastern Star Church
  • Danika Johnson, Day Early Learning Lilly Family Center
  • Tracey Wickware, Day Early Learning at Fort Harrison
  • Eva Johnson, Day Early Learning at Park 100
  • Nina Woodbury, Day Early Learning Federal Building
  • Erin Murphy, IU Health West Day Early Learning
  • Dina Brooks, Day Early Learning State Government Center
  • Jenifer Martin, IU Health Day Early Learning

Most influential leader:

Amy Cavin, Assistant Director at Day Early Learning at Park 100

The Kathy Klatte Award:

IMG_5340Sarah Sovanich, Site Supervisor at Day Early Learning at Phalen Leadership Academy

Sarah is innovative and truly passionate about our profession. She treats every child as an individual and engages in very powerful interactions with children throughout the day. Sarah goes above and beyond to better serve families, and figure out solutions that work for everyone involved. As a teacher, she takes a proactive approach and regularly praises children for making good choices and reacts calmly when they don’t. Thank you for all you do Sarah and congratulations! – Sarah Parks-Reese, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

The Kathy Klatte Award for Professional Development is awarded annually to an outstanding Day Early Learning teacher who exemplifies Kathy Klatte’s dedication to early childhood education. Kathy Klatte was a well-loved staff member who passed away in 2009. Kathy was a part of our organization for 24 years as a teacher, center director, and a member of the senior management team. Throughout her tenure here her greatest joy was seeing teachers succeed in their work. She helped them, nurtured them, and encouraged them to be better and greater. The Award also includes a $250 scholarship that allows early childhood education professionals to take advantage of professional development opportunities and will help them further their skills in the field.


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