Hi, my name is Heidi Scott and I am the Owner, Director, and Teacher of The Marigold School of Early Learning. 🙂 My educational background includes a Bachelor’s In Human Development with a Focus on Early Childhood Education and a Master’s In Teaching grades preschool through eighth. My educational philosophies are heavy in constructivist theories such as Piaget, Vygotsky, and The Reggio Emilia Approach. I also am influenced by Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory.
A few things about me are my career choice, hobbies, and joys. I started my teaching career about twenty years ago as an Early Learning Teacher. I then shifted my focus to elementary school teaching. Finding that my joy in teaching remained in the early years, I embarked on a journey of working for and visiting many other preschools in the Portland/Vancouver area. When I discovered the many in-home preschools in Portland and how creative, unique and unconditionally supportive to all children they were, I realized I too wanted to run my own school. I have endless creativity, a desire to bring out the best in all children and the progressive mentality to keep learning and growing as an educator in this ever changing field. Unlike big business public schools, running my own school means I can actually create and implement curriculum in a way that really does support children’s learning. Children actually do come first with my program. I’ve created a small in-home preschool with a maximum of eight spots each class session for the purpose of ensuring young children will be happy, safe, challenged and supported in their early years of learning.
Besides being an Early Learning Teacher I enjoy baking and cooking healthy and allergy safe foods. I have many food allergies that once were a problem, but since I’ve embraced and discovered other healthy and safe foods to eat I don’t find it to be a problem, but rather a new and satisfying challenge. I have also continued to learn how to cook in a way that is fun, tasty and safe for me to eat. 🙂 My downside is cake, though. I really love white cake, so that is the one thing I just can’t give up!
Another thing about me is that I am a cat person! I love cats and was raised having both dogs and cats as members of the family. Currently, I have two senior cats and two one-year-old kittens. I still refer to them as kittens because they are SO active! 🙂 My cats are indoors only to keep them safe and healthy. They are also not a part of my school. So there will never be a time when the children will be able to visit them.
My yard may not look like much now, but I am still working on how to continue turning it into an outdoor classroom, so you’ll just have to stay tuned for that. (Policy page)
One more thing about me is that I live with my twin sister. We both have lived here for almost twenty years and love the Lincoln neighborhood! This is a wonderful part of town to live in because it is so family oriented. We truly live in one of the best neighborhoods in the city of Vancouver, in my biased opinion. 🙂 So if you would like to join my small community please give my school a try. Call or email to schedule a tour!
Heidi Scott, BA & MIT 🙂