2010 United Way Community Hero
Wendy has been at SCPENS since 1993. She has been working with young children and families for more than 30 years as a toddler and preschool teacher. Wendy has been a parent education instructor at Santa Cruz Adult School for 25 years, and was a Program Director of a toddler daycare center prior to joining SCPENS.
In 1997, Wendy developed our toddler class, which she teaches today. The toddler program is unique to SCPENS, among the Parent Education Nursery Schools in Santa Cruz.
Wendy received a BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz, and an Early Childhood Education Programs Permit from the Cabrillo College ECE program. She also has an Adult Education Credential.
“ There are many things I love about teaching at SCPENS! We offer a place where parents can really develop skills and attitudes that will help them be effective and appreciative of their parenting journey. The children in the program learn about being together in a group, making friendships, enjoying new activities, following directions, developing independence and they learn to trust that adults in their environment are loving, kind and helpful. I love the feel of “family” where we support each other, help each other and learn together. Most of all, I love the hugs from the kids. ”
2010 United Way Community Hero
Maggie has lived in Santa Cruz for 40 years. For 18 years, Maggie was a teacher and Executive Director of Community Children’s Center in the Louden Nelsen Community Center. She has taught preschool classes at SCPENS since 2002.
Maggie majored in Home Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and received an A.A.in Early Childhood Education from Cabrillo College. She served on the Cabrillo College Early Childhood Education Advisory Board for fourteen years and was a long-time member of the Child Care Council. She has an Adult Education Credential and has been certified in Positive Discipline.
SCPENS is a safe haven where challenges can be discussed and solutions explored. As one parent said, “SCPENS provides the instruction manual that didn’t come with the baby!” I wish all parents could experience how combining parent education with the children’s program promotes effective parenting techniques. There is an immediate sense of community and support for parents, and a warm, gentle place for children where they can gain the social and cognitive skills that will be the foundation for success in elementary school. The teamwork between the parents and teachers, and the affection and respect for the children and each other, create an ideal learning environment for all participants. And even after all these years of working with children, I continue to learn from both children and parents.
“ I love providing a variety of experiences for children; from messy art and science projects that parents would never attempt at home, to music, art, movement, carpentry, cooking, hatching chicks, and discovering wildlife in our own backyard. ”
SCPENS turned out to be the best decision I’ve made for myself and my children. Our teacher and this program have taught me more of how to be a better parent than any of the books I’ve been reading for the last three years.– Jeanne G.
Teachers like you come along a few times in a lifetime.- Lynn M.
They’re the best teachers I ever had.- Abby (age 4)