STEAM Labs and Maker Spaces in Early Childhood Education

Nancy Alvarez is the principal of Celina Primary School in Celina, TX.  She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and a Masters. in Educational Leadership. She has 20 years of experience in early childhood education.  She has taught in both private and public schools. She also has experience with homeschooling, curriculum design, professional development, instructional coaching, bilingual education, and technology integration.  Her passion and specialty are early childhood education. She has presented at both state and national conferences on the following topics: STEAM in the Early Years, QR and AR Integration, Parental Involvement, Building a Powerful PLN, Learning Spaces, and Future Ready Leaders. On Twitter, she co-moderates a weekly early childhood chat called #ECEchat and blogs regularly at  www.teachngwithnancy.com.

  Nancy Alvarez Show Highlights:
  • How to get out of the routine of observations
  • Why Nancy wanted a maker space for her school
  • Incorporating more STEAM into early childhood ed
  • The difference between STEAM labs and maker spaces
  • The extraordinary things kids produce in Nancy’s STEAM labs
  • Nancy’s “wake up call” for unplugging from work
  • The importance of social emotional development for our students
  • Are you learning from podcasts?
  • Be positive and optimistic


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