Velma Williams has worked as a teacher at the Center since 1985. She brings a wealth of experience to the classroom, and has earned her Child Development Associate certification and completed some graduate work. She emphasizes learning through hands-on activities such as science and art, and encourages children to express their thoughts and ideas. She lives in Springfield with her husband. When she is not working at the Center, Ms. Velma and her husband, Elijah, are head of the youth ministry at their church, which offers field trips and educational programs to underprivileged children. Her duties include feeding and clothing parents and children who are living in shelters, as well as helping other families in need living in the community. Clearly, Ms. Velma has a deep and vested interest in the well-being of others.
What is your favorite part of being a teacher at the Center?
Interacting with children one on one, because it allows you to get to know your children on a personal level.
What is special about the FCMLCC compared to other preschool programs?
The Center gives parents the resources to provide their children with a good foundation on which to build the rest of their lives.
What are some of your favorite activities to do with the children?
Art projects, reading, dramatic play and socializing in small groups to encourage language and communication skills.
What is something unique that you bring to the Center?
My devotion to children and my longevity.
What is something you particularly emphasize in your classroom?
I encourage children to verbalize their feelings, and to be considerate in both their thoughts and actions.