PreK Teachers - How to Carry Out Your School's Mission (Preparing Young Children for This World and the Next)

GRADE LEVELS:  Early Childhood Administrators, Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers, Early Childhood Assistants, Aides, and Support Staff

PRESENTER: Rachel Burgess - Martin Luther College

In this session, Early Childhood and Kindergarten Educators and their support staff will reflect on the school’s mission statement as we strive to educate and equip children in the 21st century. Participants will consider the needs of young children today. We will also study the importance of school culture, school purpose, and unity of all stakeholders and program partners as they contribute to the mission of the program.

Rachel Burgess graduated from Martin Luther College's 5-year Early Childhood program in 2002 with a MN teaching license and later earned her M.S. Education (emphasis: leadership) from MLC in 2011. She served as ECM Director in Baton Rouge, LA (2000-2001), La Crescent, MN (2002-2004), and Caledonia, WI (2008-2015). She also served as part-time preschool teacher in Inver Grove Heights, MN (2005-2006), Kindergarten teacher in West Allis, WI (2006-2007), Center Director for Kindercare Learning Centers (2004-2005) and has served as a substitute teacher in both public and WELS schools. Currently not in a call, Rachel is an adjunct online instructor for MLC's Early Childhood continuing education program and new Master of Science in Educational Administration Early Childhood Director emphasis program. Rachel is also part of the Director Apprentice Mentoring program and enjoys serving on various Early Childhood Ministry committees for the synod.