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Judy Tessier- Awesome Advocate

When asked to describe teacher Judy Tessier, Nick hikes his arm up to his speech device and begins typing words like:  “Funny, like, teacher, funny, makes laugh, fun.”  This is how Nick begins to formulate his raw thoughts as he reflects upon his time working with Judy.

Nick has been so fortunate to meet and watch this dynamic community educator in action.  Loveland’s young children are extremely fortunate to have Judy and her cohorts as public educators here.

Judy has worked the last two years at the Monroe Early Childhood center.  Judy’s work with children includes teaching both Gifted & Talented groups, as well as Special Education classes.

A 30-year veteran educator (BA-Art Education), Judy taught in Massachusetts until a couple of years ago, and is the person responsible for all of Nick’s crazy costume moments during her literacy events with the Center over the last couple of years!

Judy has been married 31 years, has two grown children and one grandchild, and has lived the last 10 years in Colorado.

What a creative, fun, funny and Awesome Advocate for all children in Colorado!

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Judy Tessier making Nick laugh at a Literacy event

It’s NOT a Box! An evening with Thompson Schools and the Early Childhood Programs

Jimg_4014smudy Tessier and her teaching gurus at Monroe Early Childhood Center passed the word along that ALL the early childhood centers in the Thompson School District were going to have a literacy night at the Conrad Ball Middle School cafeteria.  She asked if Nick and the AiA team would like to experience it.

BookCoverpageThe theme would center around Antoinette Portis’ lovely book, Not a Box. The story involves a very creative young rabbit and the use of a cardboard box to make the most amazing experiences; driving cars, flying in space rockets, dousing fires, experimenting with robotics, and climbing Mt Everest!  Most importantly, no naysayer could sway the young rabbit’s belief in what he/she was doing.

Nick read the story for the first time and decided he and the team should attend the event in ….. you guessed it, a BOX!

Nick donned blue bunny ears and the antics were on, but not before  Judy met us at the Monroe Early Childhood Center Pirate Ship and offered Nick an eye patch and a pirate hat crafted by the scallywag deck hands.

 

Nick shared his spoils with all the kids!

There were boxes and games all over the cafeteria!  What a fabulous literacy event for the children of Loveland.   For more information on Thompson’s Early Childhood Education, click here.

EnIMG_0708smroll your children in an experience of a young lifetime, bunny ears, boxes and all!