A Very Rare and Unforgettable Moment with Cheryl Polk, PhD. (President of HighScope Educational Research Foundation, USA)

20160816-cheryl polk (2)These past two days (August 15-16, 2016) was quite days for us, Highscope teacher in Sekolah Highscope Indonesia, TB. Simatupang. Why is it so? Because we have been visited by the one and only, Cheryl Polk, PhD. or as we called her Dr. Polk also Marianne. Dr. Polk is the President of Highscope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA. While Marianne is one of the Director in the foundation.

Dr. Polk has a long record of success in translating research knowledge about the first five years of life into programs that address the continuum of young children’s needs, from high-quality childcare to mental health consultation and treatment. Most recently she served as the executive director of the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund where her dual expertise in early childhood development and philanthropy advanced the creation of groundbreaking intervention programs for children exposed to community and interpersonal trauma. Dr. Polk was president of the board of directors of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families and has been a board member of that organization for more than 10 years. [source: highscope.org]

We were so nervous but excited at the same time. Well, who won’t. It might be a chance once in a lifetime, to meet such a great and amazing person, even though I only knew her from the internet.

On the first day, I didn’t get a chance to meet them during our school hours. But after school, I had a chance to Meet and Greet with Marianne, Ibu Antarina SF. Amir, some owner of Sekolah Highscope in Indonesia, parents also some of colleagues from Preschool to Highschool level. What a very rare chance to be in there, especially for a preschool teacher like me.

On the second day, unpredictable of me, Dr. Polk, Marianne and also our ECEP team principal took a glimpse of our classroom, Grey Room.

Surprise. Nervous. Excited. Speechless. Worried.

All were my feeling at that time. Even though it only for a very short time. I really appreciated of her being in our classroom. Being in the same room and breathe the same air as her, lastly being in one frame with her, with them. How lucky I am.

Thank you for your visit. Hopefully, me and my partner will become as great as you, well, almost as great as you. Well, at least, being a great preschool teacher more than today.


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