“I love seeing the pride of accomplishment on babies’ faces,” said Janet Simons, infant teacher at the Shoreview KinderCare in Shoreview, Minn. “When I look out at my class, I instantly feel happy.”
Simons found out that she was a 2015 Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award winner on October 8, a date that was especially sweet. It was the very day of her 25-year anniversary at Shoreview KinderCare.
That depth of experience makes her a bona fide expert in the development and care of infants. Whether the children are exploring the magic of pumpkins or discovering their hands for the very first time, Simons knows these seemingly small moments are really big ones.
“Through a baby’s eyes, these are first discoveries about the world around them,” she said.
She especially loves sharing that sense of wonder with parents, all of whom gush about Simons’ gift with and dedication to infants.
“My child would not be the same without her care, teaching skills, influence, experience, judgement, creativity, and upbeat personality,” wrote one parent. “It’s difficult to put into words the difference one person can make, but she’s made it.”
See the moment when Simons learned she was a 2015 Educator Award winner in the video below.