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Denna Watson

Denna Watson

Center Director

Trenton Head Start

Hainesport, NJ

Center Director at Trenton Head Start

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Trenton Head Start

Center Director

Currently oversee the administration of the site’s operation. Ensured 100% compliance to all state and federal regulations. Responsible for recruiting and hiring of staff. Perform overall financial and operational tasks including ensuring state and federal. Maintain budget of the site.
• Implemented the Morning Meeting into our curriculum.
• Recruited, interviewed and hired teaching staff.
• Improved staff performance through the development and ongoing delivery of employee development workshops.
• Presented in-services to teachers on conducting small groups, morning meetings, and observations.
• Facilitated the design and implementation of a new lesson plan book.
• Supervised and observed teachers. Responsible for monitoring and reviewing lesson plans and newsletters.
• Currently supervising 16 teachers; responsible for monitoring all written work, teacher observations, budgeting, ordering supplies and conducting team meetings.

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Trenton Head Start

Teacher

To help each child develop thinking and problem solving skills. To encourage language, literacy and numeracy skills. To teach the children good health, nutrition and safety habits. To give the children opportunities for the growth of large and small motor skills. Also to create an environment that fosters social and emotional growth.
• Wrote book grants for Trenton Head Start Inc. classrooms.
• Created an engaging, positive learning environment featuring the creative curriculum, hands on lessons and use of portfolios to document students’ growth and talents.
• Structured whole group, small group and individual instruction to accommodate different academic levels and learning styles.

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FAMILY GUIDANCE CENTER: CHILDREN DAY TREATMENT PROGRAM

Assistant Counselor

Counseled, created a therapeutic atmosphere, assisted with skill development for inner city children with social and emotional problems.
•Held counseling sessions to discuss various problem solving methods.
•Created therapeutic activities for adolescent girls.
•Influenced change in the lives of at risk youth.
•Helped with homework.
•Planned trips.

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WOODS SERVICES CRESTWOOD

Staff Counselor

Milieu therapy, provided daily care for clients, created a therapeutic atmosphere, counseled, assisted with daily living skills, and assisted with skill development for children with social and emotional problems in a residential setting.
•Escorted students to the residential school.
•Counseled clients with a variety of affective and schizophrenic disorders.
•Transported children out of state on visitations with parents and guardians.
•Created a nurturing environment for children.

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PRODIGY CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Group Teacher

Assisted the Head Teacher in the infant room. Cared for children’s personal needs and assisted with their skill development and learning. I was prompted to educate the four year old classroom. I created an environment that fostered the growth of the children’s language, cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills.
•Expanded the classroom’s library.
•Initiated the implementation of computers in the classroom.
•Created an engaging, positive learning environment.
•Prepared the lesson plans.

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Rider University

Master of Arts (M.A.), Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision

Rider University

Early Childhood Education P-3 Endorsement Program, Early Childhood Education and Teaching

The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Child Development