Bio & Philosophy
Hello! My name is Sue Wagner and I am the Pre-K teacher at Mountain School. I feel so fortunate to be a part of such an energetic and thriving community at Mountain School. I grew up in central New Jersey. I finished my undergraduate work at Rutgers, in NJ. After working in outdoor education out of college, I moved to Flagstaff in 1995. I taught in a Montessori preschool here in town before deciding to go to graduate school. I finished my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education at NAU in 2002. My passion lies in teaching preschool aged children.
My teaching philosophy is strongly rooted in the belief that I must meet the needs of the whole student while he or she is in my class. This belief has led me to create a class that offers the student ways to excel in academic areas such as phonics and math. My class also offers ways for students to strengthen social, emotional and physical skills. I am also committed to offering family support through open houses or informal meetings in the classroom. Parent volunteers are deeply appreciated and younger siblings are welcome to come with the volunteers.
This Pre-K class has been designed to follow the Reggio Emilia approach of teaching. Since I have a certificate for teaching Montessori preschool, I also incorporate many of those teaching methods into the Pre-K class. I work with small groups of children to meet their individual needs. It is important to me that each child works at his or her own pace, with guidance from the adults in the class. I encourage students to explore and ask questions about the topics that matter the most in their lives. Our journey together inspires me and challenges me every day!