Nicole Geckeler, a senior in KU’s Department of Applied Behavioral Science, says she learns more from her students than they do from her.
Each year, about 60 children of all abilities, from ages 1 to 7, are taught in various classrooms housed in Haworth Hall and the Dole Human Development Center. Geckeler worked in one of the intensive intervention programs with JJ, a 4-year-old boy who uses mainly sign language to communicate. She found JJ to be quick at learning and eager to know everyone’s name.
“He came in knowing 40 signs and we're at 122 signs right now,” she says.
Geckeler says JJ’s positive attitude inspired her. “I'm going to continue to push myself just as he does,” she says. “This program taught me that I can go out and build my own preschool. I have the tools, and the resources to do so, and I know where to get them if I don't.”#KUcommunities