Danielle Richardson

Teacher Profile:
My name is Danielle Richardson and I am originally from northern Maine, then settling for most of my childhood in Dedham, Maine.  I attended the University of Maine at Farmington and graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education, with a concentration in Language Arts. After obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree, I continued on to the University of Maine Orono where I received my Master’s Degree in Early Literacy in the spring of 2016. During that time, I was both a nursery school co-teacher, as well as a Pre-K head teacher the following year. Along with teaching in a classroom setting, I also have experience tutoring, coaching youth soccer, and nannying during the beautiful Maine summers! I am extremely excited to join the Berwick Academy community and look forward to working with Ally and all our students this year in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom!

Why do you love teaching Pre-Kindergarten?

I love teaching Pre-Kindergarten because for most children entering our classroom, it is their first school experience and I am truly honored to be there to guide them through this transition and watch as their social/emotional and academic development blossom. I love seeing their individual personalities and curiosities come to life, especially when a child finds something they are interested in and being there to enhance and further encourage them to always ask questions and explore their passions.

What defines a great teacher?

A great teacher has multiple tools in his or her “teacher toolbox” that they utilize on a daily basis. A great teacher observes their students to meet each individual at their specific social, emotional, and academic level. A great teacher takes the time at the beginning of each year to create a classroom environment that fully supports the sense of a community, where the children feel safe and valued as a member of said community to share their ideas. Lastly, a great teacher is one that shares their passion as a life long learner with their students.
What is your favorite lesson to teach?

In Pre-Kindergarten each day is so much more than a singular lesson we teach, so it is difficult for me to choose a favorite. One of my favorite parts of our day is the time we spend during our Morning Meeting greeting one another, checking in, and talking about our day ahead. I believe it sets a great tone for the day, and is especially important in creating a routine for our three and four year olds.
What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that each child has unique strengths, varied prior learning experiences, and unique learning styles. I strive to differentiate my instruction to provide enough challenge and enough support for all children to build on success and develop positive attitudes about learning. I believe that emotional engagement is the key to meaningful learning. That is why I bring love, laughter, and passion into our pre-kindergarten classroom.

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves. Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.