Mrs. Haupt is excited to be returning for another year in Transitional Kindergarten at Notre Dame Academy. Her passion for early childhood education is rooted in her educational and professional background. Mrs. Haupt has a degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley where she worked in educational research developing math curricula and manipulatives for early learners. She received her Master’s in Education and Clear Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from the University of California, Los Angeles, writing her thesis on building community in Kindergarten classrooms. In her nine years of teaching, Mrs. Haupt has worked in both public and private schools and has been honored with a Teacher Eddy Award from the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce. When she is not at school, Mrs. Haupt enjoys reading and playing trains with her young son, James.
TK families can look forward to a year of tremendous growth! There is an emphasis on building a foundation in both socio-emotional and academic skills through engaging, experiential, hands-on activities. Mrs. Haupt has developed integrated units that connect Early Literacy, Math, Science, and Social Studies in concrete ways for early learners. Students explore concepts and build understanding through experiences with blocks and manipulatives, songs and dance, arts and crafts, dress-up, puppet shows, and imaginative play. Children are also supported in developing strong oral language skills through instruction and age-appropriate practice in collaborative conversations, problem solving, conflict resolution, and class presentations. Religion, prayer, and Catholic leadership are an integral part of the student experience as students re-enact Bible stories, engage in traditional and spontaneous prayer, and learn to make choices that reflect Jesus’ example. Transitional Kindergarten provides a space for children to blossom in their self-confidence, interpersonal awareness, academic abilities, and understanding of their faith.