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Hello, my name is Tara Schimpf, and I will be teaching the afternoon kindergarten. I am a passionate educator who believes that trusting relationships and positive early school experiences lay the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Creativity, discovery, and exploration are integral to my teaching practice. My professional experience is varied. I taught Kindergarten through grade two with the Calgary Board of Education for many years. I was also the teacher and founder of a Reggio-inspired program, Naturally Curious Preschool, here in Cochrane from 2013-2017. Additionally, I have enjoyed many years working alongside children and their families supporting Early Intervention Services with Foothills Creative Beginnings. As a mom to three busy children with various needs, I understand the importance of clear communication and a caring classroom environment. In my personal time, when I am not managing my family and our many pets, I might be found working in my garden, quilting on my sewing machine, exercising at Boot Camp or reading a good book in a quiet spot!