Welcome to the Early Childhood Education division, the Exploratorium, which engages students age 2 through Kindergarten. My name is Lily Kreutzer and I am thrilled to be here as the ECE Principal and to have the privilege of working with the children and exceptional staff at AAC. I've been an ECE educator for 20 years, the majority of which have been in the Head of School position. In 2007, I founded the thriving Reggio-inspired school, Portland Preschool, in my hometown of Portland, Oregon, USA.
Early Childhood Education at the American Academy Casablanca is heavily influenced by the Reggio Emilia Approach to learning which calls for a child-centered emergent curriculum that largely progresses through Project Based Learning. A child’s natural sense of curiosity about the world, their questions, play and stories offer teachers opportunities to help the child apply concepts of every discipline. In AAC Exploratorium classrooms, children engage everyday in thought provoking, challenging play which is actually enriched experimentation with math, physics, language, art, social studies and literacy. Staff balances supportive and directive roles in the students’ learning while providing an environment rich in opportunity for hands-on experiences. AAC ECE cultivates an authentic passion of exploration and a lifelong love of learning.
Our concept-based integrated units of study are a driving force for our investigations in to the world around us and the focus of many of our activity areas, known as learning centers, in the classrooms. Our learning centers will include the creative center, numeracy and problem solving center, dramatic role play centers, sensory center, fine motor skill center, and language and literacy center. Each one is designed to support the developmental stages of the children. Another key focus for us is language acquisition, and we specifically target English and French and encourage exposure to Arabic. Our program is guided by developmentally appropriate California Common Core Standards.
Parents are honored as productive members of this cooperative educational team. Please do contact me with ideas, comments and dreams for this program. We have a terrific opportunity on our hands to support our children and infuse their days with respect, friendship, compassion, generosity and courage.
Principal`s Education Background
• BA in Educational Studies focus on Family and Community Services, minor French (University of Oregon)
• Founder and Head of School, Portland Preschool, USA
• Director, Mary Cassatt School of Art, USA
• Curriculum Consultant, Fire Mountain School, USA
• Development Consultant, Hive Playschool, USA
• Teacher, Relief Nursery, USA