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Pre-K

At the core of our program is the student–and the excitement of discovery.

GUS Pre-K is a full-day, Monday through Friday program for children ages 3 to 5 years old. These youngest learners come to school with boundless curiosity and an open heart and mind, ready to engage fully with their world as they pose questions, build knowledge, solve problems creatively, and develop relationships with friends and teachers.

Built on the belief that all children have the desire, ability, and motivation to learn about their world, the Pre-K program will nurture children’s natural curiosity by providing an inspiring, supportive, and stimulating learning environment. Students will set out in September to discover themselves as learners, rooted from their earliest days in hands-on, curriculum-driven exploration that makes learning real, tangible, and engaging.

Meet our Pre-K Faculty:

Emily Rabinowitz-Buchanan, Preschool Director
GUS is pleased to welcome Emily Rabinowitz-Buchanan as the Director of Preschool. Her considerable expertise in early education and thoughtful work with families and students over the past year in GUS admission efforts will combine as we extend our K-8 curriculum to our new pre-K program. Emily loves working with children and adults to think critically and creatively, to discover passions and share them with a community, and to grow by nurturing strengths and embracing challenges. 

Emily was the founding teacher-director and later executive director of Red Hook Playgroup, a progressive preschool in Brooklyn, NY. Red Hook Playgroup started with a handful of children and when Emily left for New England, it enrolled over sixty students annually. Prior to her work at Red Hook Playgroup, Emily taught preschool at the Washington Market School in NYC for three years. Emily received her BA in urban studies and childhood education from Vassar College, where she worked in numerous elementary classrooms in local public schools, as well as in classrooms at Vassar's Wimpfheimer Nursery School. Emily received her MA in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and, in recent years, pursued continuing studies in educational leadership at Bank Street College of Education.

 



Polly Pfau, Preschool Teacher
Polly Pfau brings a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors with her to Glen Urquhart School. She began her career in environmental education as the Assistant Curator at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and then as a herpetologist/educator for Rainforest Reptile Shows. While leading these programs, she decided to become a classroom teacher to better form relationships with students. Polly received her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University with a yearlong associate teacher internship at Belmont Day School. She taught Kindergarten at The Advent School in Boston for 7 years where she became inspired by designing emergent curriculum and project work. In 2013, Polly relocated to the North Shore to explore her interest in place-based education. Using the outdoors as an extension of the classroom, she worked for 3 years as the Lead Transitional Kindergarten Teacher at Parker River Community Preschool in Rowley. On a journey of meditation and mindfulness in her own life, Polly also regularly incorporates mindfulness into daily routines in the classroom. In her free time, Polly enjoys yoga, walking in the woods, kayaking, and reading.

Please contact Emily Rabinowitz-Buchanan, Director of Preschool at 978-927-1064 ext. 170 or ebuchanan@gus.org with any questions. Read more about GUS Pre-K at the links below: