Updated: 12/19/2012 1:50 pm
Tonight's Educator of the Week works with the youngest of kids and is always wholeheartedly engaged in her job preparing them for success once they reach school age.
Little 9 month-old Haley is learning basic skills, sitting up, pulling up, and crawling, but she needs a little extra help.
“She has made tremendous progress due to the help they have given us,” said Haley’s mother, Crystal Johnson.
Doreen Simmang is a Developmental Specialist with Region Three Early Childhood Interventions and has been working with Haley over the past month. She also helped Haley’s older brother overcome Developmental Delays.
Doreen works with children in the Region Three Service Area; from newborns to three year-olds who have Special Needs or Developmental Delays. The goal is to make sure they are prepared to enter school.
“It's important to start as early as possible if they have a Developmental Delay, so that we can work with them to get them caught up by the time they are going into the school program, so that that transition into the program is smooth for them,” explained Educator of the Week, Doreen Simmang.”
Doreen says her job is fun; after all, she gets to play with kids all day, working with the children and watching them progress developmentally. Doreen also works with the parents, even having the children model what they have learned for their parents who are seeing it for the first time. Doreen said she always has a heartwarming and rewarding experience when she watches the parents' excitement.
Crystal Johnson said, for a parent, Doreen’s commitment to helping these children means much more.
“We just love her; we don't know where we'd be without her. It was by chance that we got her with Shawn and I’m so happy we did because she brings her love, her compassion, her expertise, her comfort, to each of her visits and really tries to help us learn what to do to make Haley reach her full potential,” praised Haley’s mother Crystal Johnson.
Doreen Simmang's dedication to helping even the smallest children reach their fullest potential has earned her the title of Educator of the Week.
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