Thanks to making our first kindergarten panel a success

A special thank you from all of us here at PCN for making our first kindergarten panel a success.  We appreciate all of you who came out to listen to our fabulous panel.  And we especially thank our kindergarten teachers, Sara Jonker of Petoskey Public Schools, Racheal Byard or Petoskey Montessori Children’s House, Sue Ortlieb of Harbor Light Christian School and Kylene Ollar of Concord Academy.

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We hope this event was helpful to all of you in the community as you make your choice for kindergarten placement.  How lucky we are to live in a community with so many wonderful choices!

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Meet Ann, PCN’s Director and Lead Teacher

Ann Stebelton has recently joined Petoskey Children’s Nursery Preschool as the new Lead teacher and Director.  We are very excited to have Ann lead our team and think you will be too!  Here’s a brief Q & A with Ann:

Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? What brought you to Petoskey? Do you have children? Pets?

I grew up in Grand Rapids, and in my youth I loved to travel. I certainly never expected to live in a small town like Petoskey, but I love it! Being a person who is drawn to nature, Northern Michigan is the spot to be!

I have been married for 17 years and we have 3 amazing children, a dog,and 2 cats.11114045_10155466822265061_4821520177539825531_o10380139_10201849536935361_6228832504074748528_o

 Do you have a favorite teaching philosophy?
I am drawn to educational styles that have a deep respect for the child’s thoughts, desires, and uniqueness while inspiring creativity in many different aspects of life. Connecting with nature is a big passion of mine that you will see come out in our classroom. 
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What are you most excited about with your new role at PCN?
I am not sure if I could name just one! I see great potential for this school and I am excited to show the community how wonderful we are!

Tell us about your musical career.
I love all kinds of music and am thankful I get to dabble in them on the side. I am in a band called Sky & Signal where we write our own music centered around nature and relationships. I also play in a cover band called Boyne River Remedy from time to time. Lastly I sing at my church and for wedding ceremonies.
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What book are you reading?
I always seem to have more than one going at a time! My Non Fiction is called “The Conscience Parent” by Shefali Tsabary. The fiction selection is “The Kitchen House”, by Kathleen Grissom.

What is your favorite movie?
This is a hard one. “Mary Poppins,” “Best In Show” and “What Dreams May Come” are a few.

Where is your favorite place to travel?
I loved Durango, Co and Mesa Verde National Park.

Always a fun question, what is your favorite Northern MI season?
Hands down: fall. It has always been my favorite season and Northern Michigan does it the best!

Have more questions?  Come and meet Ann in person!

Our garden is growing!

You know that feeling when you complete a puzzle that you’ve been working on for so long?  When that last piece fits perfectly in its place and you sit back and admire your hard work?  That same feeling surrounded our garden this morning.  What a beautiful, sunny day for our first garden harvest of pea pods and lettuce.  It was such a great sight to see the children pluck, study and taste from their very own garden.

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But that was just the icing on the cake.  The kids had a blast catching this guy…..over and over again.  They even tried to make him a home and debated whether or not grasshoppers liked water.

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AND…..Miss Molly found a Monarch cocoon (aka pupa or chrysalis).  How exciting considering we are blessed with an abundance of milkweed that only monarch caterpillars can eat!  And, thanks to a grant from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Community Foundation, as well as the National Wildlife Federation’s “Butterfly Heroes program” ( http://www.nwf.org/Butterfly-Heroes.apx) we have our very own butterfly garden!  We will certainly be keeping a close eye on it over the next month.

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Happy Summer everyone!!