Toddler 1 Class

The children in the Toddler Classes begin the day with a block of time allotted for free exploration. The toys, books, and activities provided in the learning centers encourage independence. Many sensory experiences are included, such as sand and water play. Other self-directed centers include the dramatic play center, art center, library center, block center, and later in the year, a writing/fine motor center. Daily, teacher directed activities are also available in small groups. This might be listening to a read-aloud, singing a song or finger-play with hand motions, practicing a self-help skill, or an art activity. Language development is encouraged through the use of songs, stories, finger plays and chants, simple books, and listening and responding during every-day conversation. A classroom climbing structure provides opportunity for gross motor development and turn-taking, while the children explore how to use the tunnel and slide. The children also spend a portion of their morning on the Toddler playground. In addition to Spanish and Music classes, the toddlers attend Motor Skills twice a week.

Our Toddler 1 lead teacher is Melanie Rudd and the assistant teacher is Charley Clark.

Teaching Staff

  • Melanie Rudd


    Melanie Rudd

    Lead Teacher

    Melanie Rudd joined our LHWS team this past year. Melanie was a teacher in Guam for four years, and she taught in Mexico for two years. She is currently attending school to finish her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a CDA certification equivalent from Guam Community College. Melanie is most familiar with NAEYC Accreditation Criteria and has been a huge asset to our program. Aside from her time spent at LHWS Melanie serves in her church as a Children’s Church Lead. She enjoys guiding children through growth and development and she hopes to make a positive difference in their lives. Melanie partners with families to love, care, teach, and nurture each child. She is married and the mother of two young children, however, she believes that parenting and teaching are very different traits and knowing the difference helps her balance her skills to support families through challenges.

Assistant Teaching Staff

  • Charley Clark


    Charley Clark

    Assistant Teacher

    Charley Clark came to work for the Laurel Heights Weekday School family in April of 2017.

    She considers working for this school a great privilege. Charley has a CDA and is currently pursuing a degree in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. Working with children, and guiding them through their many milestones brings her great joy.

    Charley was raised in Floresville, Texas but appreciates the city much more. 
She loves spending time with my family and playing with her pet snake. She also enjoys spending time with her church family, and tending a garden on her family’s property in Floresville.