Our teachers make Triangle a special place to begin your child’s education. They care about the individual talents that each child brings to the class and look forward to working with parents to ensure that everyone has a fun and successful year.
– 4’s Teacher
Susan Carpenter is delighted to be bringing up her merry band of mighty three-year-olds to be this year’s fabulous fours. She is also looking forward to gathering new members into the flock.
Relatively new to Triangle, Susan is not new to teaching. She received her Elementary Teaching Degree at Central Michigan University and earned her Early Childhood Specialization through Eastern Michigan University. Throughout her 28+ year teaching career, Susan has been both a teacher and a mentor. Having worked in early education (Infant – 3rd Grade) for nearly three decades, she found that trends and childhood philosophies come and go; What is always important is to allow children to be children in a joyful setting, and to bring families into the classroom to build and nurture relationships.
In her career Susan has been:
- Infant Room – Kindergarten Room Teacher in Dexter, Michigan
- Program Director and Master Teacher in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Gretchen’s House Preschool
- Kindergarten – 3rd Grade in Ann Arbor, MI at Summers-Knoll Elementary School
Baking and nature exploration/crafting are two things Susan loves to share with students. She is a great nature enthusiast, and rejoices with each huge snowfall and rain storm. Bringing more natural elements into the classroom is one of Susan’s goals for the future.
Susan is passionate about the sacredness of childhood.
That is not to say that she thinks children should be given every new and exciting experience or that we need always to put their needs above our own. But sacredness can be nourished by building relationships, community, and encouraging freedom of play, which is why she is so excited about being part of the Triangle community.
Abby Flowers – 3’s Teacher
Abby Flowers is joining Triangle for the 2023-2024 school year as our 3s teacher.
Abby has a Montessori early childhood credential and spent several years teaching at Christian Montessori School of Ann Arbor. Prior to her years teaching in the classroom, Abby worked as an environmental educator at Leslie Science and Nature Center.
Abby took a couple years off of teaching to spend with her two young boys, which is when she found Triangle. She loved being a Triangle parent so much that when the opportunity arose, she decided that teaching at Triangle would be a dream come true!
Abby is a firm believer in the power of play. Children need hours of play each day to ensure healthy development, and outdoor play is the best kind! She loves taking her own children outside in all weather (except thunderstorms and dangerous wind chills) and looks forward to sharing her love for the outdoors with her new group of 3s.
As important as active play is, calm time to practice self-regulation is important, too. Abby works on these skills with children through deep breathing, meditation, and mindfulness exercises.
Three can be a challenging time: children are going through big changes and often don’t know how to express what they are feeling. Abby will observe each child to determine how she can best meet that child’s unique needs.
Abby looks forward to an incredible school year and being part of the Triangle community for years to come!