- About UCLC
- Teaching Approach
- Center Licensure
- Safety & Security
- Parent Advisory Board
- Holiday Philosophy
- "Family-style" Learning
- Red Family
- Yellow Family
- Blue Family
- Green Family
- Purple Family
- Children's Work
Heather Degeldere, Yellow Family Teacher
B.S. Early Childhood Education
My purpose as an early childhood educator is to be a consistent, stable, nurturing, and responsive practitioner. I foster positive relationships, encourage exploration, and ensure safety while still allowing children to take some appropriate risks. I am a quiet observer. I delight in the wonder in a child’s eye as they discover something profound or learn something new. I truly have the greatest job on Earth! – Heather
Julie Kinneberg, Yellow Family Teacher
A.A., Occupational Therapy, Child Development Associate Credential Pursuing a B.S. in Early Childhood Education
UCLC Teacher since 2017
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all things and all people.
My purpose as an Early Childhood Educator is to embrace each child’s individuality and to provide for those differences. I also believe in creating an environment where children feel comfortable. In order for this to happen, I believe it is my responsibility to create relationships and show each child love and support as they learn through play and exploration.
Our children are learning like they do in a “classroom,” but they are part of a family that learns together.
Children joining a Preschool Family remain in this family with a consistent group of children and teachers. This allows each child to develop a sense of community and belonging as they learn how to get along with one another, and creating a sense of safety and security.
The Yellow Family encourages independence by allowing the children to take on tasks at their own pace.