We are very fortunate to have Susan Eisman as our teacher. Susan deeply respects children, regarding them as her teachers. On this she says,
“Children are masters at being in the moment. They can usually access their feelings with ease, and they are typically creative and open to new experiences. In these ways, they are great role models.”
Children are central to Susan’s life. She has been working with children and families since 1990. Susan received her bachelor’s degree in art and women’s studies at Scripps College. Upon graduation, she began teaching in a parent cooperative preschool setting. She loved working cooperatively with parents. Her desire to better understand and advocate for children led her to Pacific Oaks College’s Master’s program where she studied human development, focusing on the stages of childhood and anti-bias practices.
Susan takes great satisfaction in influencing young people. She writes, “I get to give children messages about how amazing they are. I get to encourage each child to take risks, be compassionate, and build relationships. I get to nudge children to trust themselves, to solve problems and to resolve conflicts. I partner with children to appreciate the natural world, to notice and appreciate differences among people and to encourage children to stand up for the best possible outcome. In these ways, we build a healthy community of learners.”
We value the continuing professional growth of our teacher and support it through membership in professional associations and continuing education opportunities such as conferences and classes. When the teacher is absent for professional development or other reasons, a substitute teacher will work in the classroom.
For an expanded view of Susan’s philosophy and practice, we recommend these articles and essays written by her:
“Words Matter: Inclusive Language to Reflect All Children”
“Boys Will Be Boys: Compassion in Action”
“Making Change: Raising Dollars that Make Sense”
“Nurturing Our Connection with Nature”
“Early childhood education is a political act that necessarily involves values and vision. Early childhood is the time in our lives when we develop our core dispositions—the habits of thinking that shape how we live; our work as early childhood educators is to nurture dispositions in young children towards empathy, ecological consciousness, engaged inquiry, and collaboration.” —Ann Pelo, Early childhood teacher, author and activist