Featured Teacher | Claudette Merilice | Transitional Preschool Teacher | Park West

Claudette Merilice, Transitional Preschool teacher, is from James Island, SC. Ms. Claudette loves spending time with her two-year-old son, Antonio, at Folly Beach, walking the Ravenel bridge or cooking. Ms. Claudette comes from a full household of nine brothers and sisters, so it’s no surprise that she is outgoing and loves the company of others. In fact, Ms. Claudette says her favorite part about her job is “the smiles I see on a daily basis from co-workers, parents and most importantly, the children.”

Ms. Claudette’s faith plays an important role in her career: “My interest to teach at CDC was based on the Center’s Christian environment,” she says. “For me to know that God’s love, guidance and words can be taught and expressed with His children allows me to follow my heart in being an example of His love.” Ms. Claudette especially enjoys the lovely moment after morning meetings that she and her students can celebrate the love of the Lord: “We sing ‘Jesus Loves Me’ while holding hands,” she says. “This allows us to begin our days remembering who loves us most of all: Jesus!”

Ms. Claudette also cherishes moments of student discovery: “My enjoyment lies in the daily success of my students growing developmentally through their interests with my guidance to challenge and explore the world around them,” she says proudly.

Featured Project: Circular Motion

Our Transitional Preschool classroom at our Park West center recently learned all about motion!

The class began their exploration with a focus on the circular motion of wheels. Ms. Claudette, Transitional Preschool teacher, put an extra flair on the activity by adding fabric as a creative expression to enhance the bicycle wheel’s motion.

As the children observed the wheel’s circular motion, they were able to then apply the same concepts, recognizing similar motion in other objects at home, in nature and at school.

We then elevated this recognition by probing our students to further explore the implications of motion. By asking investigative questions about motion, the class was able to further develop their physical and problem-solving skills.

The end result? The students were spinning in the delight of their own accomplishments!