Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has invested over 30 years in the field of early childhood education. She owns her own small private preschool called The Children’s Studio for children ages three to five years old. Deborah’s preschool is her place to observe, document, and study early learning in action. She shares her observations and reflections on early childhood education with others all around the world on her Teach Preschool Blog.
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Deborah holds an associate degree and a master degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been a member of NAEYC for over 20 years and has spoken at both the National Association of Education for Young Children conference and at the local AEYC conferences in Indiana, Florida, and Ohio. Deborah has also spoken in conferences for Family Home Childcare Providers across the US including South Dakota, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana. Deborah is scheduled to speak at several of the PreKindergarten Conferences held by Staff Development Educators (SDE) over the next several months. Deborah is often a guest moderator of The Bam Radio show and is the Early Learning Expert for Indiana Fox 59 Morning News.
Deborah has served in a broad range of roles in early childhood education over her 30 years including teaching in the classroom, serving as School Director, Curriculum Development, Professional Development Training, and Musical Director.
Deborah’s Teach Preschool blog began in 2009 and currently reaches over 1.4 million followers on Facebook; over 100,000 followers on Pinterest, and over 100,000 followers on Instagram. She can also be found on Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. The blog is updated each week during the school year to share current events, reflections, and photos from Deborah’s own teaching experiences and classrooms.
Deborah is the author of the book “Ready for Kindergarten” which can be viewed on Amazon and has published over 50 simple songs for young children which are available on her Teach Preschool Blog.
Deborah often writes about the early learning experiences she has at home with her three grandchildren (soon to be four). Being a grandparent of three preschoolers born one right after the other has given Deborah a new window to the world of child development that she has fully embraced and observed. Until a recent move ten hours away, Deborah’s grandchildren lived just down the road from her and attended her preschool. Now her experiences with the grandchildren have taken on a new look as she navigates grand parenting from a distance. Whether near or far, Deborah’s grandchildren continuously inspire her and teach her about the daily ins and outs of early childhood development and education.
Deborah firmly believes that young children learn and develop best through play. It is through play that young children experience their world, work out their social and emotional well-being, develop and master life-long skills, and build a confident sense of self, school, learning, and life.
After years of experience in the classroom and teaching in a broad range of early childhood classrooms, Deborah has been inspired by many different kinds of teaching philosophies and methods. Evidence of the differing philosophies are evident in her classroom as well as the writings Deborah shares on her Teach Preschool blog. Above all, Deborah embraces early childhood teaching methods that consider the best interests of the child through a play-based, child-led, hands-on teaching approach.
Over the years, Deborah has always had a special heart for inspiring and training others who teach and care for young children. From offering tips for the simple, everyday processes to guidance through the more complex teaching strategies, Deborah is always seeking to strengthen the teaching skills and strategies of others so that they will be able to Teach with Joy.
Deborah’s workshops are designed to help teachers see the behind-the-scenes kinds of teaching strategies that are needed to get through each day of their classroom experiences with inspiration, positive attitudes, confidence, knowledge, and competence.
Each of Deborah’s workshops run approximately one hour in length and are in Video Form. Along with each workshop, participants receive a certificate of completion which includes their name, the name of the workshop they have completed, and the date of completion. At this time, Deborah’s workshops are in the process or will be in the process of being approved for state certifications. This section will be updated as certification is approved.
Below is a sample of Deborah’s workshop forum and a preview of what Deborah’s online workshops are like.
To date, Deborah offers 14 different workshops. Each workshop is designed to build teaching strategies and give basic foundations for teaching in the early childhood classroom. To view what is currently available click on the button below
Deborah’s workshops will soon be available for school Directors and Administrators to purchase using a group discount so that more of their staff can view each workshop, get a certificate of completion, and enjoy the workshop forum experience. As the technology to offer the group discount is completed on her site, this section will be updated.
Workshop access is only available to those who have purchased an individual workshop or a workshop bundle such as the Foundation Series or the Routine Roundup Series. Deborah sends updates, support, and additional tips to those who subscribe to her email or register for her workshops.
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