Althea Pou­los

OWNER/DIREC­TOR/TEACHER

Richmond Hill Post - - Registary Of Educators -

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

at­mos­phere.”

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