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Allison Bohr & Linda Cielewich

Jan 09, 2017 11:00AM ● By Cate Reynolds

Allison Bohr & Linda Cielewich

St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal School, Severna Park

Years teaching at St. Martin’s: 8 (Bohr) and 27 (Cielewich)

Currently teaching: Pre-Kindergarten (co-teaching)

Proudest teaching moments: “When I was teaching high school and a former student came back to visit after graduation and told me that I was the reason she had not dropped out of school. She had taken year 1 and 2 of the Early Childhood Development completer courses with me. She wrote me years later to tell me that she had named her little girl after me. I cried. I had no idea that I had made such an impact on her!”—Bohr

“Working in Pre-K there are so many proud moments. Every day, a child completes a skill that they have been working on for so long.  To see a child’s face light up, saying ‘I did it!’ makes me as proud as they are.” —Cielewich

Teaching philosophy: “We can all learn and we all learn in different ways. I love the philosophy the faculty and staff collaborated on and came up with for our school: ‘We seek to inspire in students a love of inquiry, a sustaining faith, and a generous spirit open to new ideas, peoples of the world, and a call of service.’”—Bohr

“Children learn best in a center based, hands on, age appropriate environment and in a place where children feel safe, valued, and loved.”—Cielewich

Toughest challenge facing educators: “Meeting all the needs of the children. I am so fortunate to be co-teaching with someone and sharing in this responsibility (especially since the children in my care are so young.) As a team we try to meet these challenges by continuous assessment (in a fun way for the children), observations, and frequent, informative communication with parents.”—Bohr

“To stay current. We have to keep changing it up and stay one step ahead. Four- and five-year-olds are much more sophisticated today. They have as many of the same tools at their fingertips as we teachers.”—Cielewich

As co-teachers in our school’s well-established pre-kindergarten program, both Linda and Allison have prepared generations of learners prepare for elementary school. They are each accomplished early childhood educators in their own right, and together, they work tirelessly to see the potential in each of their students while setting them forth on a positive learning trajectory.” —Jamey Hein, Head of School

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