My name is Vicki Kirchen. I teach PK 4. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Human Development from National College of Education and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Erikson Institute. I am certified in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education with an Early Childhood Special Education approval. In 2012, I received a Distinguished Service Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago for my teaching and my commitment to Catholic Education.
I have been a teacher of young children for over 20 years. I previously taught at St. Bernardine School in Forest Park. I love teaching because every day is a new adventure. The children in PK 4 are so much fun and always make me smile.
My classroom is a lively and colorful room centered upon the children and active learning. I teach using developmentally appropriate, hands on activities that meet the needs of all types of learners. I act as the facilitator and provide opportunities for students to interact on their environment while fostering independence and decision making. I provide ample time for students to explore their environment with the use of centers and allow them to practice the skills they are learning.
I am committed:
To provide an environment that is positive, safe, and conducive to learning.
To incorporate a curriculum designed to meet and enhance the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, language and spiritual development of the individual child through hands-on activities and play.
To facilitate learning by helping students interact with their environment through developmentally appropriate lessons and activities where the student can explore materials and work with peers
To develop a partnership with parents grounded in mutual respect and trust.
In PK 4, your child will:
Spend time playing and working in centers with materials or other children.
Have access to various activities throughout the day. They will have the opportunity to use blocks and other building materials, props for pretend play, picture books, paints and other art materials, and table toys such as games, and puzzles.
Learn and develop reading readiness and literacy skills, language development, math readiness, science and social studies activities, spiritual development, large and small motor development, music and movement, and social skills.
Have an opportunity to play outside every day (weather permitting).
Have opportunities to work in both small and large groups and work individually with the teacher.
My husband, Dennis, and I live in Franklin Park with our daughters, Fei and Cai Li and our dog Fletcher. I enjoy spending time with my family. We enjoy going to the zoo and other Chicagoland attractions. In my spare time, I like to read and do cross stitch and crafts.