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Creativity, Curiosity and Imagination/Design Thinking:Developing Creativity in Young Children (PreK)

GRADE LEVELS: Early Childhood Administrators, Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers, Early Childhood Assistants, Aides, and Support Staff
PRESENTER:  Rachel Burgess - Martin Luther College

Participants on this session will define what creativity in the early childhood and kindergarten classroom looks like and discuss the importance of play as a means for developing creativity and curiosity. We will also explore the teacher’s role in embracing and encouraging an environment and curriculum that fosters creativity and innovation and methods, procedures, and strategies to achieve these goals.

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.