Beth Rawls knew she was going to be a teacher at the age of nine due to the inspiration of her third grade teacher. Interacting with young children at the West Liberty State College campus preschool solidified her desire to pursue early childhood education. After completing her BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education she taught young children in both public and private settings. Beth then received her MEd in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida with a specialty in Early Childhood Education. Her professional experiences include the roles of Head Start and Early Head Start Director, Adjunct Professor for Early Childhood Education, Professional Development Supervisor, Assistant Principal, Preschool Center Director, and Early Childhood Teacher. After joining Teachstone as a Staff Trainer, she now serves as a Client Implementation Manager.
Concept development is one of the most difficult CLASS dimensions to understand—and even harder to explain to others! So, when I saw the children's book What Do You Do With an Idea in the clearance section at my bookstore, I snatched it up. I love how author Kobi Yamada and illustrator Mae Besom depict a child's new, fragile idea as an egg. Throughout the book, you can see how his idea grows (or shrinks) as a result of how his idea is nurtured.
I just had the opportunity to spend two days with Head Start leaders at the National Head Start Association’s Leadership Institute in our nation’s capitol. I grew up in the DC Metropolitan area, so this was like a "coming home" for me. As a former Head Start director, this was also like a professional homecoming, as I mingled with former colleagues, Head Start directors, and executive directors.