Lily Dean

When your job involves spending all day with children between the ages of 2.5 and 5 years, having a warm, positive and enthusiastic personality certainly helps. And after speaking with her about it, we believe Lily Dean when she says teaching at Farmville’s Andy Taylor Center for Early Childhood Development is her dream job. 

How long have you been teaching? 

I started teaching seven years ago.

What enticed you to become a teacher?

I am fascinated by young children and love being able to help make a difference in a child's life. I also know how critical the first five years of a child's life are, and I feel honored to be a part of that important stage.

What are your three favorite things about being a preschool teacher?

I enjoy getting to sing, dance and play every day with the children. I get to learn something new every day and love watching the children grow.

What is an interesting/fun fact about yourself (Ex. hobby, interest, skill)?

I originally majored in agriculture and planned to work for the state extension service; however, I fell in love with early childhood education after getting a part-time job at a preschool while I was a sophomore in college. I changed my major to education and went on to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in early childhood education.

What drew you to the Andy Taylor Center for Early Childhood Development vs. another pre-school?

I chose the Andy Taylor Center because of the program's focus on evidence-based practices and child-led learning. Being a part of a university like Longwood gives me the opportunity to collaborate with others as well as contribute to the knowledge base of our field through research. I also enjoy working with college students and preservice teachers in addition to our children. 

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