A class act in preschool education in Concord
Yes, all the children are ready, assembled in front of her office. But only by seeing her at work can you see how deserved the award really is.”Maureen has a magical quality,” Gordana Coley, the program’s music director, said while O’Bryan chatted with the students before the graduation ceremony. “She changes into this unique character in front of the children, and they just gravitate toward her. She speaks quietly and calmly, and the kids just listen.”As Coley speaks, O’Bryan quietly passed out small wooden musical instruments to the fidgeting students, engaging each one. As she talked, the sharp ding ding of a toy xylophone filled the air. “We’ve developed an eye for talent and fill this place with people who know how to teach through love. Not everyone has that gift, but I see it here every day.”Sara Heiser, whose son attended First Kids, underscored O’Bryan’s role in cultivating the program’s reputation. “She is naturally warm and inviting. From the very first telephone call, you want your child to attend her preschool.”Handing out the colorful gift bags at the end of the ceremony, O’Bryan beamed. Her joy was infectious and contributed to the celebratory mood.”I get to paint and look at bugs and play games,” she said, explaining the joys of her work while parents and children trickled out onto the sunny lawn. “I love coming to work every day.”It was clear that those involved with her preschool love having her there, too.
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