Photo by Kelly K. Wright 

Name: Val Vandiver

Room: Shooting Stars

Bio: Hello! I love teaching the children in the Shooting Star classroom and I have taught here at UCCC for over seven years. In 1980 I graduated from the Association Montessori International (AMI) and I began my teaching career at St. Regis Montessori School. Eventually I decided to get my degree in Early Childhood Education and I graduated from UMSL. I also graduated from the Child Development Program offered at the Psychoanalytic Institute in St. Louis. However, in the 34 years that I’ve been teaching, I’ve learned the most from my students. They challenge me to keep growing and to never stop learning and loving! My husband and I have two sons. My youngest lives in upstate New York and my oldest recently moved to Tulsa Oklahoma. I enjoy traveling to visit them and learning about other parts of the country. Besides family, my other interests include reading mysteries, cooking, hiking, bike riding and going to the MUNY and other local theaters. One day I plan on seeing a musical on Broadway!

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