Naomi Handapangoda, from Little Wonders, A CCCR Early Childhood Development Center, was recently named The Apple Blossom Infant/Toddler Teacher of the Year! The Apple Blossom Awards honored three early childhood educators with a “Teacher of The Year” award for their excellence in educating and caring for children ages birth to five-years-old. Recipients were honored at the annual Apple Blossom Awards Luncheon on April 13, 2019.
“I was extremely happy when they announced my name as Infant/Toddler Teacher of the Year. This is not just a victory of mine; this is a victory for my amazing Little Wonders family.”
–Naomi Handapangoda, Apple Blossom Award Recipient
Twenty Collier County early childhood teachers were nominated this year by supervisors, parents or colleagues. Each nominee was observed in the classroom twice. There were 11 points of evaluation that included criteria such as, “develops a reciprocal relationship with each child”, “sees strengths in each child” and “relates effectively to diversity”.
“Naomi is an exceptional teacher that shows great love for each one of her children. She brings such joy and excitement to the classroom with her cheerful spirit. Little Wonders is fortunate to have such an amazing group of teachers that have a passion for the early education of young children.”
–Jamie Eskridge, Director of Little Wonders