MEET the BEAVER COUNTY YMCA PRESCHOOL STAFF
Mrs. Mareena Anderson, Preschool Director
I am thrilled to be a part of the Beaver County YMCA team and I look forward
to working with you and your children.
I joined the YMCA team in March of 2016. I first began visiting the Y to attend Zumba classes. I love exercise and working with children which is what makes the Y a great fit for me! I volunteered in the children’s ministry at my church for over 18 years. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, I decided that I’d rather have a hand in shaping future generations.
I currently live in Aliquippa, PA with my husband, Kevin, and 4 of my 8 children. In my spare time, I support my daughters’ dance ministry and sing in the choir at my church.
Mrs. Laura Paugh, 2 & 3 YEAR OLD PRESCHOOL TEACHEr
I am honored to be able to care for and teach your children. I look forward to working with you to further your child’s education. I have worked in childcare and education for more than 10 years and I have been at the YMCA for the last year and a half. I currently have two degrees; one in business management and one in early childhood education. On a more personal note, I grew up in a small town in Ohio and moved to Beaver County 9 years ago. I have a two year old son and an infant daughter.
(must be 2 by September 1st, 2017 and parents must stay in building during program)
Our comprehensive program emphasizes the importance of providing positive early learning experiences in preparation for school readiness. Our curriculum includes; games, songs and finger plays, art, dramatic play, literacy, and large motor activities that are developmentally appropriate.Not only does the program build a strong academic foundation by introducing concepts such as; letters, numbers, shapes, and colors, but also promoting social-emotional skills through developing positive self-esteem, self-image, and independence regarding how to care for oneself. Children will have opportunities for social growth through daily interactions with teachers and peers.
(must be 3 by September 1st, 2017 and students must be potty trained)
Our three year old program is designed to prepare children for a successful transition into pre-kindergarten. Our program continues to place a heavy emphasis on social-emotional development; however, our teachers will introduce academic concepts in math, science, social studies, and literacy. Children will explore a variety of topics by engaging in age appropriate activities like songs, finger plays, and dramatic play, to name a few. Children will have opportunities to develop fine motor skills as they learn how to trace and write numbers, uppercase, and lowercase letters.
(must be 4 by September 1st, 2017)
Our four year old program center on kindergarten readiness. The key components of our curriculum include; phonetic reading readiness, math skills readiness, fine motor skills development (cutting with safety scissors, writing, coloring in the lines, and more), large motor development, lengthening attention spans, and developing good listening skills. With a combination of teacher-directed and student-centered activities, children will learn a variety of concepts that promote a love of learning and growth in all developmental domains.