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Welcome to The Trees Class!

September 14, 2022 | Kristen Jordan

It has been wonderful to start the school year welcoming all of you into the classroom each morning!  The children have already been so busy this week, getting to know new friends, teachers and routines.

They have been enjoying snack together, experiencing lively activity times, and having fun playing outside.  For our first blog, we invite you to see some of the experiences the preschoolers have been engaged in as they spend time in our classroom!

Children have worked with teachers doing some drawing, cutting and looking at books…

Children have also been able to choose activities with friends during our activity time!

Going to the park and enjoying the playground has also been a highlight of our first few days together.

What a full and fun week it has been so far!  Stay tuned for more about our work in the Trees Class as we continue to learn and grow this year!

Kristen Jordan

Teacher, Rivers Class

Kristen Jordan began helping at Mustard Seed School in 2006, after her daughter had been a student in the preschool. She substituted for many years in all grades; in 2011, she returned to the classroom and has been a teacher in The Nest ever since.

Prior to the birth of her daughter Clara, in 2002, Ms. Jordan worked in Brooklyn as a first grade teacher with the New York City Public Schools. During this time, her school collaborated with the Brooklyn Museum, and this work helped Ms. Jordan develop a real interest in the parallels between the process of making art and the process of writing in the classroom. She thoroughly enjoys teaching both art and literacy to preschoolers.

Ms Jordan’s background includes work with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. While at Teachers College, she trained with esteemed educator and author Lucy Calkins. Early in her teaching career, Ms. Jordan did not think that she wanted to teach very young children but her view has changed! She now really enjoys and takes great interest in young children and their development.

Ms. Jordan enjoys reading, working out, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her daughter and family. Although she has lived on the East Coast for a very long time, as a native of Oregon, she really loves the mountains!

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