Erin Elmore

Erin Elmore

Lead Instructor

Erin is a native Floridian, born and raised in Fort Lauderdale. She holds an A.A. in exceptional student education and served as a teacher at Cambridge Prep School and Accotink Academy. She is an active volunteer for the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville (DSAJ) and received the prestigious Volunteer of the Year 2017 Award after volunteering with the association for over eight years. Currently, she is working with the DSAJ as an instructor for their Employment Readiness Course for adults and adolescents with disabilities.

In her free time, Erin enjoys traveling, boating, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She is thrilled to be with the Collage Day School, where she can pursue her passion of teaching.

Why I Decided to Become a Teacher:

It has always been my passion to work with children, preferably of preschool age. I have found that at this particular age that children learn best when they are having fun…..and who doesn’t like to have fun while they work?? As a preschool teacher, I get to create an entertaining and creative classroom environment, in which to engage the children and bring learning experiences through imagination and play.

How Teaching Has Changed Me:

In addition to providing the children with an exciting learning environment, I want to create a home atmosphere in my classroom. I want the children to feel loved, protected and respected. Often, this is the first time for many preschool children to spend an extended period of time away from their parents. It is my goal to alleviate any stress and anxiety that children of this age might feel. I want to provide the children in my care with an opportunity to build relationships with their peers, and to expand on their social skills.

Favorite Parts of Being a Teacher:

There is so much for us to learn from our children. Each one of them teaches me to view the world from another perspective. Every day is whole new world to explore together. I have been fortunate to find my profession as a preschool teacher. After-all, it is your children who are the ones who teach me the most valuable lessons in life. I look forward to many more years of learning from each and every one of them.