Why choose Pre-Kindergarten at AOSR?
- Your child’s journey as a potential AOSR graduate begins now. Our Pre-K program is closely aligned with AOSR’s profile of a graduate, focusing on achievement of academic, personal and interpersonal competencies.
- You will be choosing an innovative program, inspired by the world renowned Reggio Emilia Approach.
- Your child will flourish in an environment where they can engage in a collaborative process of experimentation and investigation, enriching their knowledge through active exploration and inquiry.
- Students’ individual ideas and opinions are valued and respected, thereby allowing your child to face new learning challenges with confidence.
- Our highly experienced Pre-K staff will work closely with you to support all aspects of your child’s development during these important first years of school.
- A Progressive Approach
- Program Overview
- Practical Information
- Families and Community
- Meet Our Pre-K Team
- Apply Now!
A Progressive Approach
Our method of planning and implementing curriculum throughout the year is largely inspired by the well-known Reggio Emilia approach. We focus on creating a stimulating and welcoming educational environment that nourishes children’s curiosity, motivation to learn and interest in social interaction.
We believe in the capabilities of each child and work daily to allow children to reveal their potential. This involves listening to children, reflecting on their interests and allowing the curriculum to emerge as they explore a topic. While teachers set general goals for the class, the children’s ideas are considered as a key aspect of how activities and projects proceed.
If you would like to learn more about the Reggio Emilia approach, please visit www.reggiochildren.it.
Full day Pre-Kindergarten Program for 3 and 4 year-olds:
- Lunch included
- Bus service available
- Large, bright and colorful classrooms
- Child size cots available for rest time
- Appropriate size bathroom facilities
- Field trips and special events enrich the curriculum
Families and Community
Parent involvement is a welcome and important element of our program. We are happy to invite parents into the classroom for special events, holidays, birthday snacks, cooking activities or to share unique skills and talents. We consider our relationship with families as a partnership and look forward to working together to fully support each child throughout their Pre-K years.
Meet the Elementary School Principal
Ms. Heidi Hanssen
Ms. Heidi Hanssen has been in the field of education for the last seventeen years and served as an elementary school principal for the last twelve years. Ms. Hanssen earned a B.A. degree in Psychology and Education, from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and began her career teaching middle school in the mountains of Colorado in 1999. In 2003, she earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a principal license through Adams State College in Colorado.
As an elementary school principal, Ms. Hanssen enjoys building relationships with students, colleagues and families. Greeting students each morning, as they arrive at school with their big smiles, is one of the best parts of her day. Developing intervention and enrichment systems to support all students’ academic growth, has been a great source of professional pride. Ms. Hanssen supports the AOSR community in meeting the mission of preparing learners to meet challenges with courage and integrity.
With a love for travel and adventure, Ms. Hanssen and her partner Andy enjoy spending their free time in the outdoors skiing, biking and exploring. Ms. Hanssen is thrilled to be a member of the American Overseas School of Rome community and to reside in Rome
Meet the Pre-K Coordinator
Ms. Amy Magazzu
Originally from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Amy Magazzu has been living in Italy since 2001.
She received her B.S. from Syracuse University and her M.A. from Tufts University, both in Child Development. Ms. Magazzu also holds an M.Ed. in Special Education from Framingham State University.
She originally came to Italy for a study abroad program in Florence and subsequently spent a semester at the Università di Bologna during her graduate studies. In the United States, Ms. Magazzu worked as a child development specialist in Early Intervention programs for the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts and for the southern New Jersey branch of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After moving to Italy, Ms. Magazzu worked as a research assistant with the San Raffaele Tosinvest group on a project designed to integrate services for children with disabilities.
In 2004, Ms. Magazzu joined the faculty of AOSR, first as an assistant resource teacher and then as a pre-kindergarten teacher. She has held the position of pre-kindergarten coordinator since 2007 and is passionate about continually improving our child-centered program and classroom facilities to encompass the ideals of the Reggio Emilia approach.
Meet the Faculty
MEd Framingham State College
Diploma di Pianoforte, Conservatorio Roma
Conservatory of Rome
If you would like to enroll your child for the 2018-2019 academic year, admissions are now open. Please check out our admissions page for more information about how to apply. We look forward to hearing from you soon!