Althea Poulos has been teaching for 64 years. That is, if you don’t count the years she spent teaching even before she went to teacher’s college.
“As a child, I’d gather neighbourhood kids and play school,” she says, adding that she often “taught them about the birds and the bees.” Her farm background was enough to convince the other children’s parents that she was the right person for the job.
Fast forward to present day and she is the owner, director and teacher at Kinderschool Adlerian Nursery. Her days consist of greeting each child with a hug before preparing the class to cater for each student’s needs.
One important way in which Poulos contributes to school life is by empowering her students by “making it apparent to children that they have a right to speak up, take action and cooperate with others – peers or staff – and take the responsibility of dealing with their decisions and consequences of their actions.”
She has many significant experiences that stand out to her as an educator, such as “when a parent declares their child is happiest when with other little friends in a safe, happy learning and loving