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.

The Group 2 Lead Teachers are Ms. Stephanie and Ms. Alma with an assigned Teacher's Assistant.

Teaching Staff

  • Stephanie Murphy

    Stephanie Murphy

    Stephanie Murphy

    Lead Teacher
    Email: [email protected]

    Stephanie K. Murphy has an Associate’s Degree in Child Development from San Antonio College and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Sciences from Texas A & M in San Antonio. She began working with children while in high school, and it was then after taking child development classes that she realized, “I wanted to teach young children.

    Ms. Stephanie’s career at Laurel Heights has spanned over two decades, starting as an assistant teacher and now serving as the Lead Teacher for Group 2. Ms. Stephanie loves teaching and working with young children. She thoroughly enjoys their ability to learn from one another and the educators that surround them. A beautiful and rewarding gift for Ms. Stephanie is the transformation her students undergo as they emerge as young toddlers and grow into preschoolers.

    Ms. Stephanie enjoys scrapbooking, jewelry making, and spending time with her dad and dog. She also enjoys taking her RV to Rockport to spend time with friends and family!

  • Alma Maldonado

    Alma Maldonado

    Alma Maldonado

    Lead Teacher

    Alma Maldonado has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies from Texas A&M San Antonio. She has been working with children for several years in all different settings.

    Ms. Alma has thoroughly enjoyed her time working at Laurel Heights and says, “I want to continue to make an impact on the lives of young children in a positive way.” She believes all children are different and unique in their particular style.

    Ms. Alma is happily married and now thoroughly enjoying having become a family of three! In her spare time, she enjoys shopping and spending time with her family.