Maureen Stuart

Maureen Stuart (Mrs. Stuart)

Date of hire: September 2007

My favorite children's book/story:

I love to read children's books to children, so it is hard for me to narrow it down to just one book. My story of choice is any children's book with rhyming and potential energy for movement. Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton fits into that category. My eldest child's favorite was The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. FUN FACT: the first quilt I made that hangs in my front room is based on this book. My second child's favorite book was Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things that Go. My youngest child's favorite was Cherry Pies and Lullabies by Lynn Reiser. The last page of the book is a lullaby that I sang to my daughter.

Fun facts about me:

I love doing yoga, designing rooms, and cooking. I love to sing and I love art. I was a music AND an art docent for the LASD. My dog, Gwen, and I did agility courses together and my previous dog earned the title "Companion Dog" under my guidance.

Why did you decide to work with preschoolers?

Preschool age is an amazing time of discovery and learning especially in the social area. I have raised three great kids and I am happiest helping children discover.

What do you love the most about teaching/working with little ones?

I see the importance of being messy, trying new things, making a friend, discovering the feel of shaving cream on your fingers, painting with a big brush on an easel with six different colors and I enjoy being a part of children discovering. I love being with preschool age children. This job is so much fun for me.

From your perspective, what makes the Children's Center so special?

The Children's Center is a special place and I feel very blessed to be a part of the creativity that takes place here on a daily basis. It is well organized with everything having a place and a place for everything. The staff is amazingly responsive, friendly and kind, which is no surprise, since THAT is what makes a great teacher. The facility is gorgeous and the church staff wonderful.