“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.”

Hi! I’m Angela, an early childhood educator in Portland, Oregon, working with a terrific group of 3- and 4-year olds at an independent non-profit preschool.

I graduated from University of Central Florida in May 2013, with my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. I have an amazing husband (Josh) and a goofy dog (Frank). In June of 2013, we drove across the country to live in the Pacific Northwest, in wonderful, weird, fantastic Portland!

The quote at the top is by Maria Montessori, and it really gets down into why I love teaching. I use Emergent Curriculum and play-based learning to plan studies for my students, but I’m also setting a foundation for their social-emotional development and their willingness to learn. I love finding the perfect book about octopuses to pique my students’ interest in oceans, or asking my T-rex-obsessed student to introduce our dinosaur study by describing what a paleontologist does. Some of my favorite moments are the unplanned ones – when an older student shows a younger friend how to climb up the monkey bars; when someone gets so excited about our solar system study that they ask to make their own space book; or when a student creates a dramatic play train station during our transportation study! My goal is not just to teach, but to encourage my students to want to learn.

I think that part of the adventure in life is getting there – you never know what you’ll experience or learn. And I think adventurous learning is one of the best goals for life – for myself as well as my students. As the lovely Maya Angelou once said: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

I’d love to hear from you – you can of course check in on this blog, and find me at @angelariggs_ on Twitter or username AngelaRiggs at Center for Teaching Quality (teachingquality.org).



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