Students learn a variety of self-help and social appropriate skills as well as independent functioning, and school -readiness skills. By learning to follow verbal instructions and classroom routines, children are better prepared for a smooth transition to any Kindergarten program. Lisa believes the best way to learn is through play. She focuses on helping students become as independent as possible. “If it’s a messy activity- oh well”.
The secret to Ms. Lisa’s success with students is simple: she loves being in the classroom! A huge proponent of process versus product, Lisa says, “I am a true believer in instilling independence and responsibility in my students. Kids love to be “helpers” and we encourage that.”
Megan O’Brien joined the SCEIC team in 2004. She has earned her 40 hour child care credentialing and has a background in business. In addition to working at SCEIC, she and her husband own a tractor service business together.
Megan began as a volunteer here at the Center when her son, an SCEIC graduate, first enrolled in the school. As a parent of a child with autism, Megan has firsthand knowledge of the challenges in working with special needs children. When asked what she enjoys most about working with kids, she says, “It’s the challenge of getting children to experience new and different things.” Before joining the Ms. Lisa’s VPK team, Megan worked in the 3 year old class.
Jaci has her Bachelors in Psychology and is in her final year of her Master’s program in Exceptional Education in Severe Disabilities with a concentration in Autism from Florida State University. She joins us after a working in Pensacola with children on the spectrum (ASD).
She was a tech for Apple for a brief time and uses those strengths working on the IPad with the children and setting up visual aids, apps and syncing technology with the new Apple TV in the VPK classroom. Jaci brings not only her knowledge of teaching to SCEIC but she will be quite an asset in the technology area helping other staff to incorporate our new electronic devices throughout the school!