Patricia Nowicki

As I was growing up my mom used to say that I never wanted to leave kindergarten. I remember having a magical childhood. Playing in the creek behind my house, catching frogs and turtles. Exploring the surrounding fields and ponds, creating little worlds of our own known only to my friends and I. The possibilities were endless. All we needed was our imaginations and the freedom to use it. I think all children deserve to have a magical childhood. Children’s make believe is rooted in their unique experience of people and events. When given the opportunity to play, it comes naturally to them and serves as an essential early experience of self-reflection and expression. It is a gift, both to children and to the adults who care for them, and can be a window into their hearts and minds. Creating spaces for children to play, to develop their imagination, explore their ideas and wonder about the world around them is something I am passionate about.

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I earned a BS in elementary education and early childhood development from Michigan Sate University. I started my journey as an early childhood educator in the kindergarten classroom. My mom was not surprised that I ended up back in kindergarten. I taught kindergarten for seven years and loved every minute of it. I then had two children and spent time at home with them. As my children grew and were in school all day I discovered parent co op nursery school and thats when my real learning as a teacher began. I found that a community nursery school is a truly a place that cherishes and values young children. Parents and teachers work together to create an environment that is nurturing, accepting, encouraging and secure. Parents understand that play is the primary vehicle for children’s learning. It was a place where I could put all my energy into what mattered to me most as a teacher. Creating an environment that allows children to do what they do best. Play is what kids do best.

Susan Linn the author of “The Case for Make Believe” says that play affords children the opportunity to learn invaluable skills. Play allows children to immerse themselves in experience, solve problems, create possibilities where none exist, learn what its like to be someone else, and make something new from that which already exists. Isn’t our future as a society dependent on those skills? Art, music, cures for disease, new technologies, the plots, themes and languages for poems, novels, songs,and plays, as well as resolutions for conflict, are all rooted in creative play. Serra Preschool is a place that supports and nurtures children’s growing imaginations and need for play. I am happy to be part of this very special preschool and look forward to all the promising adventures that await kids, parents and teachers!!

Patty Nowicki
Serra Preschool Director / Teacher