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Sharing Our Pride: Teacher Noelle Woytko Wins National Award

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Lead preschool teacher Noelle Woytko has been named a 2017 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards Recipient. Noelle was selected from a national pool of applicants both for her commitment to high-quality early learning and her classroom enhancement project, Yoga: A Tool for Preschoolers. The honor carries a financial award, which Noelle will use to integrate yoga into the curriculum.

“As an educator, I work to provide children with the tools they need to label their emotions and communicate with their peers about their feelings. Listening and following directions can be practiced through yoga. Yoga can help build readiness skills for elementary school and far beyond,” explains Noelle.Drawing upon positive personal experience with her yoga practice, Noelle had introduced her preschoolers to stretching, breathing, and sitting yoga poses. She observed that the children were calmer and more focused in the activities that followed. Promoting balance, core strength, and flexibility, yoga complements gross motor ‘big body play.’ While yoga provides such physical benefits, Noelle also aims to tap yoga’s power to enhance social and emotional development.

Treating children with respect, kindness, and great care guides Noelle's teaching approach.

Treating children with respect, kindness, and great care guides Noelle’s teaching approach.

Noelle will use the grant to purchase yoga mats, music, and related books. Respecting that children learn in varying ways, supplemental materials help engage all students. Visual aids often are central to the learning process for young students, especially for Children’s Village large population of English language learners. Noelle envisions leading group yoga practice and encouraging yoga as an independent and small group activity. “I anticipate that students can serve as yoga instructors, too! This as an activity that can build confidence and leadership skills,” explains Noelle.

A Children’s Village teacher for 10 years, Noelle earned a Masters in Education and is certified in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Noelle continues a tradition of exemplary teaching at Children’s Village; Noelle is one of several teachers recognized over the years as a Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Awards Recipient.

“Through this wonderful award, the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation (TLLCCF) recognizes and rewards teachers nationwide for excellence and dedication. This public acknowledgement draws much-needed attention to the vital role of early education professionals like Noelle in preparing young children for lifelong success,” says Mary Graham, Executive Director, Children’s Village.

For information on the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation, visit

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