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Faculty Friday: Miss Nicole Welge

Nicole Welge

 

PreK 4 Teacher

 

Education: B.A. in Psychology, focus on Early Childhood Development, Purchase College, SUNY; Master’s Degree, Childhood Education, Manhattanville College. Certified (NYS) Childhood Education, Students with Disabilities.

 

When did you join the GCS Family?

I came to Greenwich Catholic in 2005 as a coach for Swim and Cheerleading. I also completed an internship and my student teaching here. After earning my degrees, I was the Teaching Assistant in 1st Grade, the lead teacher in PreK 3, and this is my fourth year as the lead teacher in PreK 4.

 

What do you love most about teaching in the PreK environment?

PreK is a time for exploration and discovery. We have a strong PreK curriculum that focuses on developing early math and literacy skills, along with religion, social studies, and science units, but there’s a lot of flexibility in the ways we engage our students.

 

Are there any special activities in the PreK classroom?

Recently we focused on the Olympic Games, with lessons on the shapes and colors of the Olympic flag, and talking about cultures around the world. This week we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday - we cooked our own green eggs in science, learned about book illustrations in art, and found sight words in “Green Eggs and Ham” as part of our reading class.

 

Are there opportunities for the PreK students to participate in STEM projects?

In PreK, we teach our students about the importance of taking care of the environment as part of our religion, science, and social studies units. With Earth Day approaching soon, the students are looking forward to our “Not a Box” project. After reading the book “Not a Box,” which encourages imaginative thinking, we take boxes of all sizes and put them in our corral outside, and the children create ways to use boxes as rocket ships, boats, desks, etc. This type of play-based learning shows students that items in your home may have more than one use, and that encourages the idea of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” even at a young age.

 

What keeps you busy when you’re not at GCS?

I sit on the Teacher Advisory Council at the Bronx Zoo, where I help design field trips and activities that align with state standards. I also enjoy attending local events at the Norwalk Aquarium and Museum of Natural History in NYC. When I’m not busy with those things, I can be found driving my red Jeep Wrangler (which my students LOVE to talk about) and watching my favorite baseball team - the New York Mets.

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