Early Childhood Education
Adventure in Learning
ALL ABOUT FISH LEARNING EXPEDITION ALIGNMENT EXAMPLE
Students learn about the life cycle of fish and fish anatomy, including key vocabulary.
Students sing, dance and dress in costumes while sharing their imaginary stories about fish and other underwater creatures.
Students prepare and share baked salmon, discuss nutrition and learn about foods we eat.
Students discuss aspects of TEA’s character traits, specifically empathy and collaboration, through the book The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister.
Students work on fine motor skills using arts and crafts such as Japanese fish printing, where students paint the outside of a real fish and use it as a stamp to create a fish image.
What You Can Expect From our Pre Kindergarten Program
Meet Our Amazing Pre Kindergarten Teachers
Anne Chippendale | Pre Kindergarten Director & Founding Teacher
Anne Chippendale has been a teacher and coach in the Lake Tahoe area for almost 30 years. Anne earned her Teaching Credential from University of Nevada, Reno while coaching the Squaw Valley Ski Team and facilitating swimming lessons at the Truckee Pool. Soon after, she began teaching at the State Preschool in Tahoe, where she developed a fun and creative multicultural program for her students and families. Prior to Tahoe Expedition, she spent four years at Creekside Cooperative Charter School.
Outside the school environment, Ms. Annie loves traveling and seeing the world beyond our immediate reach. She volunteered and cheered for our local athletes at the last two Olympics (Italy 2006, Vancouver 2010), has skied in Argentina and enjoys biking and hiking in our backyard, on the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Ms. Annie, as she is affectionately called by all who love and appreciate her, wholeheartedly believes that education is much more than classroom academics. She encourages the opening of doors to explore our environment, other people and cultures. With a positive outlook on life, she believes a well-balanced person will thrive, and in turn, benefit those around them as well as the future of our world.
Before moving to the area, she spent her childhood in Palo Alto and earned a Degree in Human Development from U.C. Davis.
Stephanie Brodi | Pre Kindergarten Teacher
Originally from Upstate New York, Stephanie moved to Truckee in 2012. Before joining Tahoe Expedition, she taught grades K-2 at Custom Learning Academy and most recently Year One in Auckland, New Zealand. Stephanie has a B.A. in Childhood Education and has both New York and California teaching credentials.
Her mission is to create a learning environment that encourages students to take healthy risks so they are able to realize just how much they are capable of. Stephanie focuses on teaching the whole child in light of their individual and developmental needs so that they become life-long learners.
Outside of the classroom Stephanie can be found outdoors taking in all that the Tahoe area has to offer. Snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking are a few of her favorite activities. During the summer months, she coaches downhill mountain biking.