Metairie Preschool (Bridge) Community
With the knowledge that the first three years of life are so important to brain development, the preschool classroom is designed to provide the two year old with sensorial development of visual discrimination of size, shape and colors, sound discrimination, language development, and introduction to mathematics. The classrooms also have areas for art expression and daily living skills (pouring, spooning, cleaning). While there is much intellectual stimulation, our emphasis is always on nurture of each child’s uniqueness. Singing, signing, stories, music and movement are all part of the preschooler’s days. Frequent cooking projects are built into our curriculum. Social skills continue to be developed, as is the ongoing acquisition of verbal skills.
Great emphasis is placed on recognizing, respecting, and appropriately expressing feelings. Our practical life skills are refined as children learn grace and courtesy manners during lunch. Children learn to push their chairs back under the table, scrape their plates, and help clean the classroom. Friends are a great part of the children’s days. Outside play provides many opportunities for developing gross motor skills and for social interaction, too. We recognize the importance and privilege we have in the loving nurture of these precious children. Hugs, smiles, and love are a part of every child’s day.
Kinder Haus Ratio-- 8:1 State Licensing Ratio-- 12:1
Meet Our Bridge Teachers
Preschool (Bridge) Teacher & Team Leader
Ms. Bonnie brings her sparkling smile and nurturing spirit with her to Kinder Haus each day, as she has since 2001. She is crossed trained to work everywhere in our school, an extremely rare and valuable gift! Mrs. Bonnie obtained her Montessori Certification in August, 2005 through North American Progressive Montessori. Her skills are obvious and much attributed to natural talent, many years of child care experience and love of children. Her quiet, calm and gentle demeanor is perfectly fitting for the age group in which she teaches. You can catch Mrs. Bonnie giving yoga lessons to her preschool friends during group time, something the children love. Mrs. Bonnie hopes her influence on the children’s lives she touches helps them to become confident, independent, respectful and most of all caring human beings. "I really believe this is what I was meant to do with my life; to share the love that I have for children with lot’s of love, hugs and kisses!" said Ms. Bonnie. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, sister, husband, furry babies and family when she's not at Kinder Haus. Thank you Bonnie for 18 years of professionalism, dedication, and positive attitude!
Preschool (Bridge) Teacher/ Director Designee'/Facilities Manager/AM Staff Support
Ms. Tamarra joined our Kinder Haus team in March of 2002 and is the proud mom of two wonderful sons. Organization, patience, flexibility, and joy are some of her best qualities. Ms. Tamarra has worked in various child care settings before coming to Kinder Haus, she also worked with 3 and 4 year old's every summer as part of the Jefferson Parish Man-Power Program. She completed her Montessori Certification in January 2006 through NAMC. We appreciate all of her outstanding contributions and dedication to our children, their parents and coworkers. Not only is she experienced in the classroom but has some experience in administration at Kinder Haus. Ms. Tamarra is reliable, compassionate, genuine and loves to laugh. Tamarra comes to work every day dressed to the tee, groomed head to toe and with a beautiful smile. She is a natural nurturer to the children she teaches but she takes care of her co-workers as well. Everyone knows that if they need a good hug or a welcoming smile, she is the one to visit.
Preschool (Bridge) Teacher/ Curriculum Development Team
Ms. LaToya joined the Kinder Haus team in November of 2018. She comes to us with over 13 years of experience in childcare. She has a technical diploma in Early Childhood Education and completed her Montessori Certification in June 2013 at the Houston Montessori Center through the American Montessori Society. She worked at a Montessori school in Houston, TX for the past 9 years before relocating to Louisiana to be closer to her family. When asked what she enjoys most about working with children she said: "I enjoy observing these little ones grow and blossom into confident, independent individuals." Ms. LaToya is very soft spoken, gentle, and loving but equally professional. She is a natural and has all of the qualities of a true Montessori Directress. She understands the Montessori philosophy and practices it every day. She takes Maria Montessori's vision very seriously and applies it to the classroom every day. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and loved ones. preschool students love "Ms. Toya", and so do we!
Preschool (Bridge) Afternoon Enrichment Teacher/ Foreign Language (Mandarin & French)
In October of 2017, we welcomed Ms. Kellie and her son Hunter, who is in our Primary class now. She has worked with the toddlers and joined the Primary class in March 2018. Recently, Kellie took over as our Bridge afternoon enrichment teacher. In the next couple of years Kellie plans on becoming Montessori certified. Previously, Ms. Kellie worked at the childcare program at St. Martin's Episcopal, which also happens to be her alma mater. Ms. Kellie is outgoing, caring, patient and hard working. She is always willing to get the job done and is a fast learner. She has a bubbly personality which the staff & kids love, along with her great sense of humor. Her down to earth personality makes her very easy to love! Currently she is taking Early Childhood Development and Psychology courses at Delgado. Kellie makes all of our grocery orders and has spent a lot of time helping administration in the office as well. She feels that in order to have a successful childcare program there has to be positive reinforcement and that the child's safety always comes first. She enjoys spending time with her fiance and her son on her time off. She loves gardening, puzzles and cooking/baking. We are so glad that Kellie found her way back to Kinder Haus in a permanent position.