Mrs. Shelby Houde

Secondary History, Literature, and Worldview

Professional Biography
My passion for teaching started way back in high school when I took a Regional Occupational Program preschool teaching class. From the first day volunteering in a preschool class, I knew that is what I wanted to do. After high school I pursued my early education certification at Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, and Santiago Canyon College in California. Since then, I have worked over 20 years as a preschool teacher. I feel preschool is so beneficial for kids, so they can build a strong foundation in social, academic, and general life skills that will prepare them for school and beyond. I love being a part of that.

Personal Biography
I am married to my husband Joe, and we have an 11-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. Together, we made a huge move this year from California for my husband's job. We felt God leading us here, and now, after being here for some time, I know we absolutely made the right choice. We are so happy to be closer to my husband's family and also to be a part of this amazing school.

Educational Philosophy
I have always had a heart for teaching young children. Children are active learners, and the best learning happens in the context of doing meaningful and purposeful activities. My goal is to provide a classroom full of the love of Jesus, love and respect for each other, and a love for learning.  Preschool is an opportunity for children to develop their social, emotional, language, and cognitive skills. My approach is to provide hands-on fun and engaging experiences to grow and mature those skills. Undoubtedly, play is important for healthy brain development. When children learn through play, they develop a positive feeling toward learning and school. How wonderful that I get to provide this wonderful experience for my class in this amazing Christ-centered school!

Favorite verse
Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not rely on your own intelligence. Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight.”