Group 2 Class

Our Preschool provides whole group activities, small group activities, and individual activities for the children. Various art media are presented daily and are used by the children to create their own product. The classroom is divided into learning areas which include the art center, science or discovery center, block center, manipulative or fine motor center, library corner, quiet corner, sensory table, dramatic play, writing center, listening center, and the music center. Children are encouraged to participate in self-selected activities in these centers, which are pursued either on their own or with teacher guidance and assistance. Each class plays in one of our 3 playgrounds every morning and afternoon for at least 1/2 hour each time. Nature walks and outdoor learning activities are integrated into the curriculum and current themes. Group 1 and Group 2, also known as the Two Year-Old Classes, have Spanish and Music bi-weekly.

Children in Group 1 and Group 2 are provided with many opportunities to practice their self-help skills, fine and gross motor skills, and socialization skills. Receptive and expressive language is encouraged to further develop in circle time and every-day interactions between the students themselves, and between the student and the teacher. Materials and time are provided for children to explore and learn about the environment, to exercise their natural curiosity, and to experiment with cause and effect relationships, thus promoting cognitive development. Creativity is fostered through all of the classroom centers and language and literacy skills are an embedded part of the curriculum.

Our Group 2 lead teacher is Stephanie Murphy and the assistant teacher is Roxy Rocha.

Teaching Staff

  • Stephanie Murphy

    Stephanie Murphy

    Stephanie Murphy

    Lead Teacher
    Email: smurphy@lhwds.com

    My name is Stephanie K. Murphy and I am from Kirby, Texas. I received my Child Development Associate Degree in 1992 from San Antonio College. In 2010, I received my BAAS Degree in Human Sciences from Texas A&M at San Antonio. I began teaching in 1988 and began my career at Laurel Heights in 1995 as an assistant teacher. In 2005, I was promoted to lead teacher in Group 2 Class.

    I love working with young children because I get to see how they grow and learn from one another and from their teachers!

    My family includes my dad, one brother, a sister-in-law, 2 nephews, a niece-in-law, and 3 dogs. My hobbies include scrapbooking and making jewelry. When I am not at school, I love to drive my RV to Rockport and just relax.

Assistant Teaching Staff

  • Roxanne (Roxy) Rocha

    Roxie Rocha

    Roxanne (Roxy) Rocha

    Assistant Teacher

    My name is Roxie Rocha and I am from San Antonio, Texas. I have earned numerous hours in the field of Child Development. I have worked at Laurel Heights for twenty years. For the past eight years, I have served as a teaching assistant.

    Laurel Heights has become part of my family and I look forward to coming to work each day. I love to sing and dance with the children. I also enjoy reading to them and watching their faces as they wait to see what comes next in the story. As an assistant, I love supporting my lead teacher and working together to help each child grow.

    I have been married for ten years and my husband’s named is Richard. Together, my husband and I have two children. My oldest is Natalie and my youngest is Jacob. I enjoy going to the park with my children. In my spare time, I love to go shopping.