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Brick Church -> News & Events -> Brick By Brick -> Fall 2011
On the 20th anniversary of Lydia Spinelli's
tenure as director at Brick
, the Lydia Spinelli Fund for Professional Development
fund can be used only for professional development activities, which include membership fees for professional organizations, all costs associated with attending conferences and workshops, partial grants for graduate school tuition, purchase of relevant books, and more.
Staff at The Brick Church School
Dr. Lydia Spinelli, Director
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Lydia Spinelli, Director
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The Brick Church
Thank you Lydia
and Happy 75th Birthday Brick!
The Brick Church School
Name: Lydia Spinelli
is a lovely gal who, when given the opportunity, readily separates from parents or caregivers.
cooperates with teachers and peers and regularly takes the role of leader in the classroom.
shows a great deal of empathy for her
school mates and participates well in small group activities, even without teacher facilitation.
is extremely confident.
demonstrates age appropriate frustration tolerance even though she
is constantly being put to the test and, for the most part, she
is able to regulate her
emotions in an age-appropriate manner.
is able to work independently and shows great initiative, but she
is most comfortable when her
friend Amy is there to back her
understands and is able to follow daily routines and schedules but sometimes it is necessary for her
to totally abandon those routines to accommodate others.
We have been encouraging Lydia
to learn to say "No" to people who might take advantage of her
good nature and willingness to take on more than her
dresses herself expertly!
demonstrates a great love for color and design and is able to coordinate all her
accessories including her
shoes, bag, and jewelry.
has also developed an extensive vocabulary that includes: Chanel
, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and "Charge it."
We have been encouraging Lydia
to regulate her
impulse to buy more things.
This is quite challenging for her
, but we see it as an ongoing process.
Gross Motor Skills
We are fairly positive that Lydia
does not "freely" participate in gross motor activities, and we have never actually seen her
is, however, constantly running to meetings, lectures, workshops, and luncheons - which she
does quite well - and we have seen her
jump on a few occasions (for instance, when one of the classes decided on a snake as the class pet.) On the rare occasion when Lydia
has a moment, she
can "sit appropriately."
Fine Motor Skills
Here is where Lydia
is extremely adept at picking up small shiny objects, which she
effortlessly turns into necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
can string beads masterfully and is very generous in sharing her
hard work with all her
is an intelligent person with strong opinions.
While we try to discourage name calling, we have heard her
classmates say things like, "Who does she
is, the boss?
or "You're not the boss of me," to which she
replies; "Oh yes I am!
In the end her
classmates accept this behavior because she
has demonstrated over and over again that she
knows what she's
is a kind, generous, intelligent, devoted friend with a booming laugh and a warm smile.
is one of the smartest and most caring people we know.
The school mirrors her
expertise as an educator, her
lofty personal and professional standards, her
ever-present optimism and her
emphasis on joy in learning.
outrageously wonderful sense of humor is beyond belief and has been known to quickly allay anxieties and smooth out a crisis for teachers and families alike.
Lydia's passion for early childhood education, her
love for children, her
continuous work with the African Dream Academy and Summer
Steps, are inspiring.
Every day at Brick, Lydia
offers us her
intelligence and demonstrates her
most contagious attribute is the enthusiasm and sheer delight she
radiates when discussing anything related to the education of young children.
is a true and devoted advocate.
An advocate for students and their parents.
An advocate for faculty and administrative staff.
An advocate for children at Brick
and beyond Bricks' walls.
Indeed, she is a tremendous advocate, campaigner, and promoter of early childhood education itself.
tireless work has benefited many and she
is an outstanding example for all of us in our work with young children.
We thank Lydia
thoughtfulness, professionalism, kindness, loyalty, and wisdom.
We can't imagine a better mentor.
We have been lucky to learn from her
and are eager to learn more.
Thanks to Lydia
, The Brick
Church School is full of smiling faces, happy children, proud parents, and passionate teachers.
As a staff and faculty, past and present, we wish a Happy 75th Birthday to the Brick
Church School, a robust and outstanding school whose current success is firmly grounded in the strength of its leader.
Thank you Lydia
and Happy Birthday Brick!!!!!!