The staff of First Baptist Day School is comprised of around 50 educators. Each classroom has two co-teachers. Included in our staff are auxiliary educators who work out of our studio space and are paired with one or two classrooms to promote small group work linked to the threads of interest in the classrooms.
Our teaching staff includes educators with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education as well as a variety of other fields. The underlying value for all of our educators is a love of children and an understanding of and commitment to working in a Reggio-inspired manner with children.
The administrative staff includes Co-Directors of Education Practices, a Director of Operations, an Office Administrative Assistant, and a pedagogical support teacher. Our school strives to be visionary and innovative, seeking to support families and educators as they continue on the Reggio journey.
FBDS offers extensive opportunities for professional development for all staff. In addition to participating in professional development experiences within our own school, our educators continue to work to understand and interpret the principles of the Reggio philosophy by attending Reggio inspired conferences and visiting Reggio inspired schools across the US. Members of our staff have participated in six Reggio Emilia study tours in Italy between 1996 and 2016. As part of Project Infinity, we annually host two Educator Exchange Days inviting educators who are interested in the Reggio philosophy to share presentations and visits to our school. We consider these opportunities as professional development for our own educators as well. Our most significant professional development experience was January – May 2014 when we co-hosted The Wonder of Learning exhibit in Greenville. In conjunction with the exhibit, we also hosted the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) winter conference in February 2014.