Faculty and Staff
Each classroom at St. Columba's Nursery School is staffed by two lead teachers and supported by weekly visits from our floating staff. These educators provide an extra pair of hands so the lead teachers can work with small groups, do observations, and plan upcoming lessons.
In addition, St. Columba’s employs a full-time coordinator to manage our outdoor classrooms—the playgrounds. Each morning, the Playground Coordinator sets up equipment and provides an ever-changing array of "loose parts" to entice the children to explore and play actively.
Our Environmental Science teacher meets weekly with each class to teach our children about stewardship of the earth and guide them through fascinating experiments and lessons centered on taking care of our school pets and our gardens. Lessons include gardening, composting, and worm husbandry, to name a few. In addition, she helps our children with our monthly Soup Day, when the children prepare vegetable soup (often using produce the children have grown themselves) to serve to the clients of St. Columba's Church Water Ministry programs.
Our Music & Movement teacher meets twice weekly with all our children to sing, play instruments, recite poetry, and act out stories. Our Drumming Teacher, Brother Ah, an internationally acclaimed jazz musician and composer, works with our older students twice each week.
Teachers and administrators at St. Columba's Nursery School meet the standards and criteria set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the District of Columbia's Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).