Meet Our early childhood teachers

Preschool 3'S Teacher: julie bedard

Julie has a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction. She has served as a classroom teacher and Early Childhood Director for over 20 school years. She is also a popular speaker in early childhood topics for Teachers' Conferences.

Her teaching philosophy includes a combination of free play, teacher-directed play and guided play. Students learn best through direct experience with objects and people, and it is the job of the teacher to set up the learning environment and schedule in ways that lead the children to learning outcomes. She prefers the term "intellectual" to "academic" in that children not only learn facts but also how to think on their own and solve problems. Social Emotional skills are at the forefront of any good Early Childhood program. Children receive the needed space and direction to learn to show respect for other children and adults and adjust to the classroom environment.

Preschool 4'S Teacher: Carol Ewing

Mrs. Ewing is celebrating her 19th year of teaching at Pilgrim; 29 years total in education. She has previously taught sixth grade, elementary music, and 3 year old preschool in Tennessee, Georgia, and even in the country of Kenya! Currently, she is the pre-school 3’s and 4’s teacher, as well as music instructor for kindergarten through 8th grade. She also directs the school’s middle school choir, as well as several handbells choirs. Mrs. Ewing loves to see students discover their God-given talents, and their “aha” moments of learning a new skill. In her spare time, Mrs. Ewing loves spending time with her family and friends, going to musical theater, and being “Mimi” to her four grandsons.

For the JOY of the Lord is my strength. - Nehemiah 8:10