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Blue Room

Ages: 2 years old

Enrollment: 14 children

Fowler Memorial House, Room 191

 

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Tami Hedrick
Head Teacher
(765) 494-0240

BS, Early Childhood Education, Kennesaw State University

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Giron

 

Emma Giron
Associate Teacher
(765) 494-0240
ergray@purdue.edu

I graduated from Purdue University in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Developmental and Family Sciences.

I am the associate teacher in the Blue Room. Throughout all four years of college, I worked at the Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School as a student worker. I did my student teaching spring 2017 in the Purple Room. I love working with young children, because every day they are experiencing something in the world for the very first time. As their teacher, I get the honor to be there during all these discoveries and facilitate a love of continuous learning. Building responsive, loving relationships with each individual child is extremely important to me. I feel that children learn best when they feel comfortable and cherished in their environment. I strive to create an engaging and secure environment in which the children and I can grow as people and learners.

I live on campus with my husband, Tony, who is a pharmacy student here at Purdue University. When not working or studying, we love to play and take walks with our puppy, Posey. My favorite things to do are shopping, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Dena Brunton

 

Birdena (Dena) Brunton
Child Care Aide
(765) 494-0240
bbrunton@purdue.edu

Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)

I have enjoyed working with children since high school, when I began babysitting. Later I had my own family child care home for several years. In 2003, I was blessed to get this job at Purdue working with all these wonderful children. I love working with the children, because I know I am looking out for their welfare and have their best interests in mind. It is extremely rewarding to work with children. Today's children may be tomorrow's great inventors, great doctors, or ...the sky's the limit!

I develop a close bond with each child, but make sure that I do not compete with the parents or other family caregivers. I feel it is important to support them in their role.

 


Leslie Tia

 

Leslie Tia
Child Care Aide
(765) 494-0240
mtia@purdue.edu

Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), 2010
Associate Board of the Royal School of Music Certificates (1998, 2000)
Purdue University French Proficiency Certificate

I have always loved and enjoyed playing with children, but I never thought of becoming an early childhood teacher. I was hired as a child care aide at the Miller Lab School about 6 years ago. Since then, I am lucky to be able to teach and have a routine while my children are older now. It is hard work but it comes with a lot of playing and creating. In return, the children at the school love me and their parents accept me. This is the most rewarding aspect of my work. I also have the privilege of working with colleagues whose support and love are undeniably an important reason for me to stay.

 

 

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