Ms. Stanfill feels honored to be part of lives of children and their learning process. She loves watching children progress through the early childhood years and move from making their first marks on paper to writing their own names. She engages young students in the cycle of wondering, asking, researching, exploring, playing, and sharing and loves Burley because it is a place where children are respected. Teachers at Burley do their best to meet children where they are and help them grow as part of a classroom and school family.
Ms. Stanfill has many professional influences. Her interest in classroom environment and design is supported by "Designs for Living and Learning" by Curtis and Carter and "The Third Teacher." She is inspired by local author Chip Donohue and his book "Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years." She also draws a lot of inspiration from Fred Rogers (a.k.a Mr. Rogers). He believed in the importance of relationships and loving children for who they are. Her favorite quote from him is: "There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person." In her teaching, she embodies a saying from the schools in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy: "Nothing without joy."
Ms. Stanfill has have had many interests over the years: carpentry, interior design, even space travel, but the only passion that gets her out of bed in the morning is teaching. She was raised by a teacher, and this lit the spark in her, but having wonderful professors in college and many positive experiences in her pre-service years really cemented her decision to move into the field. In the past few years, she has had had the opportunity to consult with other teachers and schools on best practices in early childhood.
In addition to teaching at Burley, Ms. Stanfill serves as continuing education faculty at the Erikson Institute. She looks forward to playing with her son, Julian, every day, and she loves watching him work through problems and explore new materials. She grew up in a small town in Missouri but always wanted to live in a city with neighbors across the hall and tall buildings she might pass on a walk. She loves nature, animals, and following a plant-based diet. All time favorite book: Jane Eyre; Current Favorite Book: Ready Player One; Favorite Movie: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Favorite Show: Pushing Daisies; Favorite Candy: Swedish Fish; Favorite Food: Baked Potatoes with Broccoli