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Our Staff at the Children's School

We as teachers can provide valuable information about what children of different ages know, understand, and believe; what their misconceptions are; and what is likely to guide their thinking in a productive manner. We can help each child.

There are eighteen qualified educators who plan, teach, and administrate at the Children's School. Each year, new areas of the curriculum are developed, coordinated, and incorporated into the school program, and we collaborate with parents to enhance communication and services. Educators meet on Friday afternoons to plan, implement and evaluate the program.
EducatorTeams2016-17 (doc)
Dr. Carver honored for Distinguished Teaching March 2011 (pdf)



Administrative Team

Dr. Sharon Carver
Director
412-268-1499
sc0e@andrew.cmu.edu

Miss Allison Drash
Administrative Coordinator
412-268-2199
adrash@andrew.cmu.edu

Miss Linda Hancock
Educational Administrator
412-268-2198
lh37@andrew.cmu.edu

Mrs. Maggie Rosenblum
Educational Administrator
412-268-2199
rosenblu@andrew.cmu.edu




Preschool 3's Team
412-268-2199

Mr. Tim Salinetro
PM 3's Teacher
salinet@andrew.cmu.edu

Mrs. Charline Tomer
AM 3's Teacher
charline@andrew.cmu.edu

Ms. Anne O'Neill
AM 3's Teacher
aconeill@andrew.cmu.edu

Mrs. Lisa Loomis
AM 3's Associate Teacher
lfurman@andrew.cmu.edu








Preschool 4's Team
412-268-2199

Mrs. Jean Bird
AM 4's Teacher
jbds@andrew.cmu.edu

Ms. Jillian Wendolowski
4's Teacher
jmangan@andrew.cmu.edu

Mrs. Krissy Opferman
AM 4's Teacher
opferman@andrew.cmu.edu

Mrs. Estelle Cherin
PM 4's Teacher
esolomon@andrew.cmu.edu




Preschool Extended Day Team
412-268-2199

Mrs. Jean Bird
Extended AM Teacher
jbds@andrew.cmu.edu

Mrs. Lisa Loomis
Extended AM Associate Teacher
lfurman@andrew.cmu.edu
M to R, 10am to 6pm; F, 8am to 4pm



Mrs. Beth Myers
ewmeyers@andrew.cmu.edu
Extended AM Associate Teacher

Mrs. Krissy Opferman
Extended AM Teacher
opferman@andrew.cmu.edu






Kindergarten Team

412-268-2199

Mrs. Donna Perovich
K Teacher
perovich@andrew.cmu.edu

Mrs. Holly Blizman
K Teacher
hollysch@andrew.cmu.edu

Mrs. Caitlin Armbruster
K Associate Teacher
csa10@andrew.cmu.edu


















Physical Education Coordinator



Ms. Jillian Wendolowski

jmangan@andrew.cmu.edu






Support Staff/Substitute Teachers


Mrs. Violet McGillen
Floater
vmcgille@andrew.cmu.edu

Mrs. Beth Myers
Substitute Teacher
ewmyers@andrew.cmu.edu

Mrs. Cheri Mack
Substitute Teacher
camack@andrew.cmu.edu


Ms. Lin Zhu
Intern
linz1@andrew.cmu.edu








Resources for Staff

The Carnegie Mellon Human Resources Department provides helpful information for current employees regarding benefits, professional development opportunities (called learning and development), equal opportunity services.

Lifeworks, an expanded Employee Assistance Program, is available to employees and their dependents at no cost. Use of any Lifeworks service, from web surfing to material requests to counseling, is always 100% confidential.

Children's School Staff Documents are available by clicking on the links below. (pdfs)
2016-2017 Staff Handbook(pdf)
Director Job Description(pdf)
Undergraduate/Volunteer(pdf)
Associate Teacher(pdf)
Teacher(pdf)
Administrative Coordinator(pdf)
Educational Administrator(pdf)
Floater(pdf)


Staff Professional Development

2013 Children's School Outreach (April 2013) (pdf)
Slides from both the IALS and NCCCC presentations are available in the 'For Educators'
section of the web site.
2012 PAEYC Involvement & Conference, October 2012 (pdf)
Staff Development for Curriculum Planning, January 2012 (pdf)
Professional Development Outreach, October 2011 (pdf)
Professional Development for Educators, October 2010 (pdf)

Professional Development is a high priority at the Children's School because it supports our continuous quality improvement. We dedicate 1.5 to 2 weeks at the beginning of the school year, every Friday afternoon, and 1.5 to 2 weeks at the end of the year as paid professional development time. This time is separate from the 6 full days we schedule for teacher-parent conference preparation and conduct each year. Our time is divided approximately equally between advancement seminars, staff and team planning and reflection meetings, and independent activities. Seminars may be facilitated by the Director or another staff member, other CMU professionals, or outside speakers, depending on the topics chosen. In all cases, we consistently focus on applying what we learn to enhance our program. Staff and team meeting time is essential for both maintaining and advancing our work because of the team-building, dialogue, and reflection emphasis. Finally, independent time is necessary to support the educators' curriculum development, conference planning, and outreach efforts. In addition, staff members often engage in professional development on their own time (i.e., evening, weekend, or summer experiences), and we make every effort to provide classroom coverage for staff members who wish to participate in professional development opportunities that are scheduled when school is in session. Families are informed of our professional development activities via our monthly school newsletter.

Dr. Carver coordinates our "in-house" professional development with input from the whole staff. Our time is divided roughly equally between advancement seminars, staff and team planning and reflection meetings, and independent activities. Seminars may be facilitated by Dr. Carver or another staff member, other CMU professionals, or outside speakers, depending on the topics chosen. In all cases, we consistently focus on applying what we learn to enhance our program. Staff and team meeting time is essential for both maintaining and advancing our work because of the team-building, dialogue, and reflection emphasis. Finally, independent time is necessary to support the educators' curriculum development, conference planning, and outreach efforts.

The Children's School provides PAEYC / NAEYC memberships for each staff member, which means that everyone receives the PAEYC bi-monthly newsletter and the NAEYC bi-monthly journal, "Young Children". We offer to pay for every staff member to attend the local PAEYC conference and send several representatives to the national NAEYC conference. In many cases, attendees also present workshops at these conferences. Dr. Carver and one or more educators typically attend and present at the IALS and NCCCC conferences. Through our school's outreach efforst, we offer tours, consulting, and workshops for area educators. Our most popular event is a two-day workshop in late August, which many teachers use as a back-to-school-boost for their early childhood programs.

Beginning in the fall of 2000, the Children's School worked with neighboring early childhood programs to co-develop the Alcoa Collaborative for Early Childhood Professional Development. This effort was initially funded by the Alcoa Foundation to strengthen the region's early childhood professional development by encouraging collaboration. The most consistent partners included the University of Pittsburgh's University Child Development Center (UCDC), Carnegie Mellon's Cyert Center for Early Education, and Shady Lane. The leadership team for community events included the directors from all four centers and for partner events involved the directors and educators from all four centers. The Collaborative's most extensive efforts were to provide high quality leadership training for the whole region and to enhance the professional development opportunities for our own staff members by working together, which increases the possibilities because of having 125 educators involved as opposed to the smaller numbers at any one center. Through our collaboration, staff members have been involved in open houses, roundtable discussions, book clubs, local and national site visits, job shadowing and special interest groups, as well as participating in outreach events hosted by each of the centers. Though we no longer have grant funding for the project, the directors and educators are committed to continuing collaboration in support of professional development, particularly via the most popular growth opportunities and with funding from other professional development agencies.

Beginning in 2011, The Children's School and Duksung Women's University in Seoul, South Korea began collaborating in an International Practicum Program in which early childhood education students from Duksung Women's University and educators from both of our respective schools can participate in this cross-cultural project. Together we aim to strengthen the teaching skills of educators in both of our countries. For 2012, we expanded the partnership to include the University of Pittsburgh's Falk School and Carlow University's Campus School, and the University Child Development Center at Pitt will join the group for the 2013 practicum.