Chickadees – young twos

 

Kate Stubbs Lesser

Kate lives in Avondale Estates with her husband Erik, a photojournalist with the European Press Agency, their three children, Hannah(11), Isaac(9), Penelope(4) , their two beloved dogs and one precocious cat. She graduated from Georgia State University with a BA degree in philosophy and worked as business/sales manager for a variety of local small businesses. In 2004 (prior to her children out of diapers!), Kate began as an active volunteer with the Avondale Education Association (AEA), which began in 2003 as a grassroots effort to increase community connections with Avondale Elementary through volunteering, fundraising and attendance of neighborhood children and then evolved into the creation of The Museum School of Avondale Estates in 2008. Her desire to re-enter the workforce in education also evolved with her volunteer work. Most recently, she had the privilege to facilitate the opening of the second location for International Preschools at Morningside and served as director for its inaugural year. Kate has also been a substitute teacher with the City Schools of Decatur, as well as, a teacher at the PMO of North Decatur United Methodist Church and Super Cooper International Childcare.

Kate is honored to have the opportunity to be an integral part of the OCP community and is especially looking forward to begin her journey with OCP as lead teacher of the Chickadees. Kate believes that trust is the most critical foundation to be instilled at this age as many of the children are beginning to emerge from their pre-existing world of comfort, choices are vast and sometimes overwhelming. Fostering a “nido” environment where they can feel safe, secure and loved is essential in order to allow for all other passions to emerge and be nurtured through the magic and wonder of play, exploration, and social interaction.

Kate also loves the sound of a good rain on a tin roof, a long walk with her dogs, and she cherishes the serenity a beach brings to one’s soul.