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STEAM Powers Thriving Early Education School in Centennial

06/01/2018
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Scott Hussey was tired of spending 200 days on the road for work each year and seldom seeing his two young boys. So he did something about it.

Centennial residents Scott and Abby Hussey discovered their true passion while visiting friends whose kids attended the Goddard School. They liked the model and the school’s sturdy foundations, and decided they wanted to be a part of something that could make such a difference.

It didn’t take long for Abby, then a mortgage loan officer for a home builder, and Scott, a systems integration specialist for a software company, to switch career paths.

“Did I ever think I’d be owning a preschool? Absolutely not,” Scott says.

But here they are, celebrating 10 years of successes and counting.

The curriculum has a STEAM-heavy focus (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), and even a dedicated lab where children 3 years old and up can take part in age-appropriate hands-on learning.

While Goddard has recommendations for “21st-century learning” for its curriculum, franchise owners are able to tailor their lessons and the Husseys “try to align with the same standards as the Cherry Creek School District."

“We try to get the kids ready when they leave us to go to a Cherry Creek school,” Scott said.

They’ve been around long enough now that former students stop by to say hello. This summer, several alumni are helping to lead sports and activity camps, including lacrosse, soccer, basketball, photography, cheerleading and dance.

One of the tenets of the Goddard model of learning is play-based curriculum and interactive problem-solving, and it seems to be working.

“The kids will solve a puzzle together or write a group story where everyone contributes,” he said. “Our belief is if we can create a cool learning environment that they enjoy and are going to remember, the learning process just happens.”

Demand for such learning is on the rise, and the Husseys recently expanded the school from eight classrooms to 12 classrooms. They also added a gymnasium because Scott Hussey says allowing for physical activity and play time improves learning outcomes.

This year, the Husseys also have added a Goddard garden where the kids can plant seeds and watch the growth process. The symbolism of the garden isn’t lost on the couple, with growth happening among the students on a daily basis.

For more information on the school, located at 6477 S. Lima Street, send an e-mail to centennialCO@goddardschools.com.

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