Academia Cotopaxi has restructured divisions and beginning in 2017-18, I am privileged to be leading the Early Childhood and Elementary School. I look forward to a year of continued alignment of curricular practice, deep understanding of children’s learning paths, strengthened relationships, and beautiful experiences for our students.
Together, we will accompany each of our children as they experience their personal story of growth and happiness. We believe that all children can learn, and each learning journey will result in the construction of new and enduring understandings, skill development, social-emotional growth, and higher levels of student empowerment.
Students are at the center of our work. The evidence of their learning guides our teaching practice. Their interests are recognized and students are encouraged to pursue personal passions. Teachers and other community members create strong relationships that set the foundation for the continuous growth of our students. Classrooms, cafeterias, playgrounds, greeting areas, gardens, hallways… all of these will be lived as opportunities to positively interact with children, making them feel safe and empowered.
As parents, you are the most important people in your children’s lives, and we are excited to work in partnership with you to give our students the absolute best. Children’s experiences outside of school are the most valuable and applying their learning to real life is powerful. In our division, this is the third year where homework has been eliminated, with the intention that time afterschool be spent engaging in meaningful experiences. We want to give students the gift of childhood so they can read, develop through play, daily enjoy the outdoors, and pursue personal passions while positively interacting with parents, siblings and other family members.
We value children’s uniqueness, set high expectations and strive to inspire beautiful leaders. With you, this will be a fantastic year for all of our students!
With warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Early Childhood Division Principal