ABOUT GO LOVE ACADEMY
Our mission is to share the love of God by providing a safe, nurturing environment that fosters spirituality, discovery, curiosity and community through child-centered play and instruction.
At Go Love Academy, it is our philosophy that every child is precious in God’s sight and worthy of our love and respect. We believe that children are born with a desire to learn and we strive to provide developmentally appropriate experiences and activities where all children can succeed in a safe and nurturing environment. We provide inclusive settings for children's various abilities, learning styles and interests.
We believe children learn best through meaningful or guided play and hands-on experiences. Meaningful play fosters a love of discovery and exploration, promotes problem solving and allows for the development of a positive self-image and independence. It also promotes a feeling of community and cooperation with peers. Woven throughout our play-based, child centered program are opportunities for children to develop spiritually, cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically.
Our teachers recognize that parents are the child's first and most important teachers. Teamwork between teachers and parents is critical for a child's success. Children learn best when parents are involved in their educational program. We communicate regularly with parents, both to share concerns and to celebrate successes.
Go Love Academy utilizes the Frog Street Press curriculum. Frog Street Pre-K is a comprehensive, research-based program that integrates instruction across developmental domains and early learning disciplines.
The cornerstones of the program are:
An extensive integration of theme, disciplines, and domains
Social and Emotional development includes Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline®
Joyful approach to learning
Frog Street provides engaging and interactive professional learning that both motivates and educates. Our classrooms provide rich learning environments with age-appropriate, yet challenging play equipment and materials, and learning centers that encourage exploration and discovery, discussion, and child and adult interaction.
What is Conscious Discipline?
Go Love Academy implements Conscious Discipline for the Social and Emotional development of our children. This program is trauma informed, evidence based & research-backed. Two major components of this program are the School Family and the Seven Skills of Discipline.
The School Family increases connections between adults and children at all levels, ensuring optimal development and learning for all. A School Family culture is built through consistent modeling of routines, rituals and structures.
The seven skills transform everyday discipline issues into teachable moments, equipping children with the social-emotional and communication skills needed to manage themselves, resolve conflict and develop healthy behavior.
Paula Katutis has been working with children of all ages since 1999. She has taught preschool, VPK, second grade, fourth grade, middle and high school, but her heart and passion has always belonged to her preschoolers. Her greatest joy is watching little ones learn and make discoveries about the world around them.
She holds a BA in Communications from Luther College, a State of Florida Staff Credential and has her Florida Directors Credential with VPK endorsement.
Paula has lived in Winter Garden since 2002. She has a husband, Doug who teaches middle school math. She is the proud mother of two grown children, Jaidyn and Evan.