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Junior Kindergarten Team

Christie Castagno

bio_castagno.jpgWith degrees in elementary and special education and a heart for children with special needs, Christie excels at tailoring Rossman’s Junior Kindergarten experience to each individual child. She loves discovering new things with her students, from what happens when two colors are mixed to how sounds can be blended to create words. She strives to make each child feel loved, valued and respected and to instill in each of them a love for learning that will endure throughout their lives.

After graduating from Missouri University at Columbia and teaching at schools in Missouri, Wisconsin and Connecticut, Christie took a break from her career to stay home with her two sons and daughter. During this period, her love for teaching multiplied as she homeschooled one of her children for a few years. The experience moved Christie to return to the classroom, and when the child returned to school, she brought her abundant passion and enthusiasm to Rossman.

A grandmother of three, Christie enjoys children’s photography and sewing children’s clothes. She generously shares her photography skills with Rossman families by capturing her students’ experiences at school and sharing the creative snapshots with parents.

 

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Mary Dryden

bio_dryden.jpgBorn seventh in a family of sixteen children, Mary has been surrounded by young children all of her life. She has never tired of the “ah-ha” moments and the pride that swells in a little one who is learning to do something for the first time.

“The innocence and honesty in a young child asking questions, observing and discovering new things in the world around him is encouraging and hopeful,” she says.

Mary believes that sharing in a child’s genuine curiosity, encouraging their questioning, and supporting their discoveries are important parts of early childhood growth and development. She strives to ensure each of her students has the opportunity to learn in an environment that is friendly, warm and welcoming.

A mother of three, Mary is a “do-it-yourself-er” who enjoys the challenge and satisfaction of completing projects that enhance the character of her older home. She also likes to spend her free time searching for treasures at antique and second-hand stores and cheering on the Cardinals and the Blues.

 

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Diane Vujnich

bio_vujnich.jpgA child and family development major at Missouri State University, Diane originally intended to pursue a career in social work. Assignment to a local Head Start program during her practicum inspired a different path. “I enjoyed the home-school interaction,” Diane recalls. “After graduation, I took a teaching position and never looked back.”

For more than 25 years, Diane has worked hard to cultivate strong relationships with Rossman’s Junior Kindergarten families, believing that a comprehensive understanding of a child’s family dynamic makes a substantial difference in his education. She approaches teaching as a partnership with parents, each party advocating for a child from a different angle. By talking through issues as well as what is going right, together parents and teachers can help a child reach his full potential.

“The most important thing in JK is getting students excited to come to school,” Diane says. 

 

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