Teacher in Profile: Andrea Rees
By Karen Robinette, Head Teacher
Many people know Andrea Rees as a dedicated teacher at Bing Nursery School. But few know about her contributions to the local early childhood education community. Andrea has been actively participating in the Peninsula Association for the Education of Young Children, a local chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, since 2003. NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.
The mission of the Peninsula AEYC, a Santa Clara County volunteer organization, is a reflection of NAEYC’s: to advocate and act on behalf of the needs and rights of young children, families and early childhood professionals through educational services, professional growth opportunities and leadership development.
Andrea’s involvement in the PAEYC began in 2003, when she received information about the organization in the mail and signed up to volunteer, hoping to broaden her early childhood connection. The first year, she sat in on board meetings and participated in events. The following year, she served on the board and was elected vice president of support and services. She has also served three years as chair of the educational programs committee.
One of Andrea’s accomplishments includes organizing a conference for local early childhood community members held at Bing Nursery School in 2006. Andrea invited several Bing teachers to give presentations on a variety of topics such as block building, clay, water and woodworking with young children. Over one hundred early childhood professionals attended and greatly valued what they learned. The Bing teachers benefited too, as the event connected them to the wider community of colleagues.
Another of Andrea’s accomplishments in the PAEYC has been to organize a tour of early-childhood programs and family child-care settings in conjunction with the 2007 conference of the California Association for Early Childhood Education, held in San Jose. Bing was one of the demonstration education sites on the tour, and was a highlight for many of the 46 administrators and teachers who visited. Indeed, many commented that the teacher-guided tour of Bing’s beautiful classrooms and grounds and learning about Bing’s philosophy, practice and history was a highlight of the entire conference!
Andrea’s further PAEYC responsibilities throughout the years have included organizing workshops and roundtable talks, participating in community events such as San Jose’s Month of the Young Child Fair, coordinating the Santa Clara County Early Childhood Professional Conference in 2006 and 2008, writing for the PAEYC newsletter and meeting and connecting with other local early childhood groups, such as 4C’s and Preschool for All.
Currently, Andrea maintains her role as a participant on the educational programs committee for the PAEYC, though she no longer serves on the board. She has enjoyed her dual role as board member and classroom teacher and feels that Bing greatly supported her by allowing her to use its resources, connect with the larger early-childhood community and allow her the flexibility to engage in her volunteer activities with PAEYC.
Over the years, many other Bing teachers have volunteered with the PAEYC. Recently, several Bing teachers have presented workshops on the stringent NAEYC re-accreditation process, which the school successfully completed in 2007. Matt Linden, a Bing head teacher, has served as vice president of membership for the PAEYC.