Lil’ Explorers and Busy Bees Classes
Patty is a NYS certified teacher, preschool – grade 6. She completed the Advanced Certificate program at Robert’s Wesleyan College. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Education (concentration in Literacy) for preschool through grade 6 from Nazareth College. Teaching is Patty’s second career. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from St. John Fisher College.
Patty was a substitute teacher in the Webster and Victor school districts before deciding to stay at home with her two sons. While she has loved being home with her boys, they are in school now and it was time for her to enter the workforce again!
As this will be the first school experience for the children, Patty’s goal is to create a safe, welcoming and happy environment. This includes helping students acclimate to a schedule, communicate with peers, follow directions and share and play with peers.
Patty shares Woodside Nursery School’s core philosophy that children learn best through play. She will help children advance their language skills through rhymes, stories and songs. She will develop creative, fun lessons that include sensory play, age-appropriate science and math activities, art projects and large and fine motor activities.
Patty absolutely loves working with children! She finds it exciting to watch them learn and grow and discover the world around them. She is honored to be given the opportunity to provide social and learning opportunities to children in a fun, creative and safe environment!
Patty has been at Woodside for 3 years, and currently teaches our Lil’ Explorers and Busy Bees classes.
Susan Speer has been a teacher at Woodside for 16 years, and she currently teaches the Pre-K class. She previously worked as an aid and substitute teacher.
She has been a Sunday School teacher at the United Church of Christ, Congregational for the last 17 years. All but one of those years, she taught the Pre-K to 5th grade classes.
Sue is a registered dietitian and has taught nutrition, science and health-related topics to individuals and groups of children for over 20 years. She continues her education each summer at Hilton Head Island, SC to maintain registered dietitian status. Her focus is childhood obesity and pediatric nutrition issues.
Speaking of Hilton Head Island, it is the setting for a children’s book Sue wrote. It’s titled “The Missing Bicycle Mystery: An Adventure on Hilton Head Island”. It’s written for 3rd through 6th graders and is available on Amazon.com. She may soon be coming to a 3rd-6th grade near you to discuss the book with its intended readers!
Sue is currently working on another piece of children’s fiction, but one that’s based on fact. It will be about Webster children from 1900 and will hopefully teach readers local history in an entertaining way.
She is also an Adult Girl Scout volunteer and an alumnus of Woodside. She says Woodside has benefited her as a parent and she truly believes in the program.
Sue earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, where she graduated with Highest Honors.