Meet the Staff
I am Adriana Jones- Director and co-owner of Delmar Arts Academy. For the past 28 years, I have been committed to my career as an early childhood educator. This commitment has granted me what I consider to be a profound knowledge of the child’s inner workings. By fostering a balance between their cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual selves, we here at Delmar seek not only to ensure the happiest and healthiest start to our young students’ academic careers, but also to their life-paths as human beings.
We know that when parents and educators team-up, children reap the benefits. It is therefore by forging an alliance with our children’s’ parents and families, that we obtain an optimal, synergistic outcome for our children.
Six years ago when we first opened our doors, we knew that the arts would provide an ideal context for our unique brand of early education. Thanks also to the implementation of the High-Scope curriculum, we have established a track-record of children who go on to be high achievers in both public and private grade schools.
Our after school program has quickly become one of East Ft. Lauderdale’s favorites: as is the case with our preschoolers, our after schoolers bring an electric energy to Delmar, and their parents are always sharing how happy they are with our afternoon Spanish, yoga, dance, music and art classes.
Finally, our Kindergarten, which is in its inaugural year (2014-2015), is a jewel of a program in which children (ages 4+) and families enjoy extraordinarily small class sizes, a cutting edge High-Scope curriculum setting, and a primary education that reaches and surpasses common core standards.
In closing, I thank you for wanting to know more about Delmar Arts Academy and would like to invite you to come and take a tour of our beautiful, sprawling campus at 1400 N. Federal Highway, on the campus of the Sanctuary Church.
My name is Ande Arnett and I am the Assistant Director and co-owner of Delmar Arts Academy. A decade ago, as my own children stepped out of childhood and into adolescence, I felt there was more I could teach young children, along with so much more I could be taught by them. I believe that teaching children is the most important job in the world, as the knowledge and morals we impart on them will stay with them through their entire lives. This is why today, I am very proud to be part of something so special here at Delmar.
The success of our preschool and kindergarten programs is due to our four cornerstones:
- An arts-based approach: By using the arts we help children develop and use their creativity, solve problems, and gain a crucial outlet for self-expression.
- Dual-Language setting: Our English+Spanish dual-language program uses the most advanced standards for 2nd language immersion and provides a fertile, linguistic groundwork for both native and non-native speakers.
- Conscious Discipline methodology: serves as an emotional framework through which the child is taught that they have power and autonomy over their feelings, and emotion-fueled moments are dealt with using empathy and understanding.
- The High-Scope Curriculum: The most important of our 4 cornerstones, this cutting-edge, research-based and internationally recognized curriculum encourages the teacher to discover each child’s interests by observing him/her, and to formulate lesson plans based on these interests, further reinforcing the child’s autonomy and self-realization.
Upon enrolling, you will find that our team of truly gifted and committed professionals works alongside families to lay the necessary groundwork for students to excel as happy and healthy individuals. From day 1, your child will begin to flourish before your eyes and you will be reassured you have made the right decision.
My greatest endeavor is to awaken and quicken that which lives in the children and bring forth a love of learning through creative education and community involvement. I feel truly blessed in being selected to open the inaugural kindergarten class at Delmar where the creative arts are alive and well.
With the High-Scope method as the basis for the integrated, active curriculum, along with the influence of the Reggio Emilia, we see children making their own choices and developing initiative at an early age. Their decisions and interests guide the flow of the educational environment thus giving meaning and relevance to learning. They learn that what they think, do and say has value and that there are outcomes that result from their actions. This promotes self-confidence, freedom of expression and problem solving skills.
By integrating all subjects into the play environment we encourage a continuity and integration of real life situations into play and appeal to the whole child, not just the intellect. The role of the teacher is that of facilitator and guide; one who listens and supports the curiosity of the child and makes suggestions for the expansive plan of exploration, review and self-assessment of their learning, while at the same time, making sure the common core standards are being met.
“When a child is engaged in free creative play they are empowered more than they will ever be in their life. They direct their own play and are omnipotent.” -Rudolf Steiner