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Best of State 2015

14 May 2015

Shanny Pilcher received "Best of State" Early Childhood Educator for 2015.

Shanny Pilcher has been a Dancing Moose early childhood teacher for the past seven years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Family consumer science with a focus on early childhood education. She is currently working on a Masters degree in Montessori education, which has been instrumental in providing sound practices that correlate with core educational standards for early childhood.

She connects personally with each parent and often spends multiple hours weekly to help parents understand how to extend educational and social development of their children from the classroom to home. She maintains an open-door policy that welcomes parent to be involved and participate with or observe their child at any point. During the last five years, every one of Ms. Shanny’s 5-year-olds have graduated from her class with the ability to read CVC words, and each child had a concrete understanding of place value and static addition. This progress occurred even for children who could only attend school for 2-days per week.

Ms. Shanny sends out weekly emails that detail science experiments and lessons that take place each week. She includes classroom pictures and take home notes to help parents understand her teaching methods. Her monthly calendars provide ample opportunities for parents to ask questions and become involved in the lessons that Ms. Shanny plans. Ms. Shanny invites parents to share any special knowledge of the topics the class is discussing. Some of these topics have included science experiments, food tasting from a variety of cultures, occupation studies, and even astronomy nights.best

Ms. Shanny has actively reached out to the community in a variety of ways. She helps organize and carry out the annual fund raiser for the Dancing Moose Community Garden. Her children identify a theme and build a scarecrow to celebrate the festival. She also assists in organizing and participating in the 1-K spring festival that brings together all of the Dancing Moose family and community members in a half-day event of exercise and healthy lifestyles.

"My job is to love my children and do all that I can to raise them to be amazing adults. But I recognize that I can't do that all on my own. I am so blessed to have Mrs Shanny in my child's life because she picks up where I as a parent fall short. She teaches my children to LOVE learning, she teaches them How to learn, She teaches them how to find the answers, She teaches them that they are special, intelligent and capable. These things make Mrs Shanny more then a teacher. It makes her a god sent to me. and a "Best Friend" to my children." - Sara M.

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What Our Parents Say

  • Jamie & Ken B:  Too many great things to narrow it down to just a few lines! But we'll try!  We love that all the teachers and administrators are always smiling and positive - it sets the stage for a great learning environment for our child and let's us know that they truly care about all the children.

  • Keith W:  Moving here from the east coast, we were concerned about finding the proper level of education for our daughter. Dancing Moose was just opening and when we did our tour, Dr. Joyce impressed me with her professionalism,enthusiasm, and academic prowess. We started our daughter in the toddler class and never looked back. Now, four years later we have both our children in Dancing Moose and could not be more pleased. Not only is the education second to none, and I would apply that not to only utah, but the entire country, the family atmosphere is phenomenal. I would recommend Dancing Moose to all toddler to 2nd grade children.  I can not understand why anybody would go anywhere else.

  • Alexis J:  Aislynn loves going to school at Dancing Moose, she's excited every day to tell me or any other adult near her what she did in school that day.  I love the flexibility the teachers are allowed, how every student gets to work at their own pace and none of them seem overwhelmed or bored.

  • Cherie M:  I commute everyday to the Dancing Moose, usually about 20 minutes each way from my Holladay home. Though commuting is not my favorite activity, I have found it is worth every second of my time. My son, Liam Emsley, is so happy when I pick him up and drop him off, sometimes I have to convince him it is time to leave school and go home! The state of the art facility is top notch, the teachers are warm and friendly, the school lunch/snack program is the best I found when I was researching school options. Needless to say, I am a big fan of the Dancing Moose!

  • Michelle M:  Our family loves the Dancing Moose Montessori for so many reasons.  The most important reason, is that our son absolutely loves his teachers and the other staff. We love the diversity and acceptance of students and staff and we also love that the Moose is community oriented and working on a "green" future. 

  • Shannon C:  Transplants to UT from OR.  This is our second year at DMM.  We feel safe, comfortable, love coming to school everyday to learn from a FANTASTIC curriculum,  really enjoy the flavors from Chef Renee, organic gardening and most of all the consistent unconditional love from each teacher with our little ones!  Thank you Dancing Moose for providing my children a great early childhood educational experience!

  • Christian M:  Dancing Moose distinguishes itself in the quality of academic education the school provides to young children, and also in the environment it creates for learning to occur.  Perhaps most-importantly, our son loves it!

  • Chris P:  Some of the things I like best about Dancing Moose have nothing to do with what goes on in the classroom.  I like that the place is wind powered, has a community garden and has a chef making food from scratch every day.  These are manifestations of values which I hold dear.  I am happy that Dancing Moose shares these values.

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