Preschool Program Mentor Teacher
Hello! My name is Jen Winkel and I am a Preschool Program teacher here at Building Blocks Preschool. I graduated from Central Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development. I joined Building Blocks in the summer of 2008 as the Creative Arts Summer Camp teacher then become the Co-Lead Full-Day Preschool Program teacher that fall then transitioning to the Half-Day Preschool Program Teacher for the 2011/2012 school year. I have over 13 years of experience including 3 years at a NAEYC Accredited Program in Ann Arbor. During my time at Building Blocks Preschool I have played an instrumental role in implementing the Reggio Inspired Approach, an emergent curriculum, nature based learning, the Project Approach, and the in-depth documentation of each child’s journey at Building Blocks Preschool along with our Daily Learning Stories.
While growing up, I always enjoyed spending time with children. I spent many hours baby-sitting and at family parties you could always find me playing with the younger children. When I went to college I knew I wanted to work with young children but it wasn’t until my third year that I discovered the joy of the preschool age child. I had a class that was specifically based on the preschool age and I had the opportunity to spend some quality time in a preschool classroom. I fell in love with this age group and knew that this was something I wanted to make a career out of. Working with children is something that has always come very natural to me and something that I find a lot of joy in.
I love teaching at Building Blocks Preschool because of the small class size, our emergent curriculum approach and the freedom that comes with teaching the Reggio way. I look forward to continuing the success of our programs by implementing my beliefs of best practice for early childhood education while forming relationships with the children and families at our school.
When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband Eric, my sons Tucker and Oliver and our dog Baxter. We enjoy traveling, boating, and spending time with family and friends.