A positive “third teacher"
Andrea Kennedy, Parent and Trustee, reflects on the impact of the new Maternelle.
When French American International School opened the Maternelle in the fall of 2014, Marie-Pierre Carlotti, Lower School Principal, was warmly adamant (as is her wonderful way) that
this purpose-built space was going to be a positive third
teacher for our 170 children.
She was absolutely right.
As a parent, I see the small, light-filled campus as the
third teacher for my daughter, a teacher that is just their
size, sweet, and nurturing. The Maternelle teachers see
that third teacher as one that is relaxing for their students. No long halls to navigate to go to recess, no dodging big kids after school. And relaxed children are more
open to learning and developing solid relationships.
But the students see their third teacher as neither
relaxing nor nurturing. They find that teacher energizing. The kindergartners are boisterously proud to be
the oldest children on the campus, and feel important
knowing the campus. “I know it’s my school because I
know all of my school—every room and every teacher.”
The PreK students are excited to walk outside in ‘”just
three steps” and “play outside a lot”.
And as a Trustee, I see the Maternelle as a teacher
that is a strong leader, one that is showing our parent
and broader community our commitment to creating
the right learning environments for our children. It’s a
wonderful addition to French American International
School that will have a lasting impact on many generations to come.