Maple Leaf Preschool
Barb Gould, MS
Director, Maple Leaf Preschool
I am so grateful to love the work that I do. I don't just say that lightly, I really mean it. Twenty-seven years ago I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in elementary education and an area of concentration in music. I taught kindergarten, first, and second grade over the following 13 years. During that time I also discovered I had a passion for teaching young children how to read and write and went back to school and earned a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a special emphasis on young children and early literacy acquisition. My husband and I started our family and 3 children later, I focused my attention on raising our children. I also tutored elementary aged children in reading and math out of our home during this time.
As my children grew older I took my love of music and began teaching flute and piano out of my home studio. When my youngest child began first grade I realized how much I loved the preschool years, so, in addition to my music studio, my journey as a preschool teacher began. In 2005 I started running classes for preschoolers at a local arts academy. In 2011 I had the opportunity to open my own preschool and Maple Leaf Academy was born.
Throughout my journey as an educator I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of children and their families. I have learned through all these different experiences how unique and different each child is and what gifts they all are. I have also realized that I am passionate about teaching and making a difference in the lives of children and their families. A child learns more during their first five years than during any other time in their life. I want to offer each child a great beginning, a place where they can thrive, learn, be themselves, sing, imagine, play, create, work, listen, talk, and grow. I also want this environment to be educationally sound and based on the best of the latest research in early childhood education. I want to help each child discover their potential and celebrate their uniqueness!