Established in 1967, the Dogwood School of Chester provides early childhood education programs for children ages two through six. After 43 years, the school has remained unchanged in our spirit, passion, and commitment to young children. There have been sweeping changes over this period in the field of early childhood education and The Dogwood School has continued to reinvent itself to meet the needs of our youngest learners.
The school has the unique privilege of being located in a quiet, residential neighborhood within Chester Township. This residential and natural setting provides for a peaceful, home-like environment and is the natural transition for a child's first school experience.
The Teaching Team at The Dogwood School has vast experience in early childhood education including hands-on experince with approaches such as Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, and Bank Street. The staff is very passionate about children and teaching and has been at The Dogwood School an average of 8 years.
Overseeing the school is the Director and Owner, Lisa Robbins. Lisa has an extensive background in the field of early childhood education and holds an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education, a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, and most recently is persuing a third Master's degree from Bank Street College of Education.
She has spent time in Australia, New Zealand and England studying early childhood programs and teacher training techniques. All three countries have been recognized for their approaches to literacy in early childhood. Lisa has given presentations and lectures on early childhood techniques to school districts and Universities. She is certified in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education, and has a Montessori Teaching Diploma.
In addition to her academic credentials, Lisa is married with 6 children of her own so she very much understands, appreciates, and participates in the daily drama and wonders of parenting! – less–ZoomInfo