Fanwood, NJ - National Teacher Appreciation Week is taking place from May 1-5, 2017 and one of Fanwood own preschool educators at The Goddard School is being honored with the “Teacher of the Year” award by Goddard Systems, Inc. This is the 11th annual “Teacher of the Year” awards program by The Goddard School, the premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old.
With over 460 locations nationwide and over 65,000 students, Megan Brady, kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Fanwood, NJ brought valuable contributions to the classroom and the community in order to achieve this high honor.
Megan created a program called "Journalism" to help her students investigate a variety of careers. Each month, Megan invited two visitors to the classroom, each with a career related to a specific theme. The children met a flight attendant, a lawyer, an editor, a photographer, an animal protection provider, a publisher and a nutritionist. Before each visit, the children prepared questions for the guest interview, and during each visit, the responses were logged. These tasks mirror the responsibilities of journalists.
The students learned about open-ended and close-ended questions and about occupations in the journalism field. The students often mimicked these interesting roles. The culmination of the project is a video montage of the broadcasts the children created that will be shown on graduation day. The broadcast will feature the children as news anchors, and they will discuss all the relevant Goddard news from the year.