9905 Counselman Road, Potomac, MD 20854
Additional campuses in Bethesda, Clarksburg, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Hyattsville, North Potomac, Darnestown, Riverdale and Rockville, with new location coming to downtown Bethesda in Fall 2021.
Founded in 1980 by Ellen Cromwell, Georgetown Hill is a nonprofit with more than 250 employees across 12 campuses and programs serving more than 1,000 children ages 3 months through kindergarten. The school also runs a school age before and after care enrichment program. With an annual turnover rate of less than 10 percent, consistency of leadership has played an important role in Georgetown Hill’s continued growth and success, says Tecler, who has been a member of the teaching staff since the school opened.
“We understand early childhood, and we understand the needs of the children and families in our neighborhoods,” says Tecler.
Children thrive in educational environments long before kindergarten and early educators play a vital part in “molding children’s attitude toward learning,” says Tecler. “A positive start is a springboard for the educational future of a child,” she continues. Through its trademarked PLAN® (Play, Learning, the Arts, Nurturing) philosophy, Georgetown Hill primes young children for great success.
Georgetown Hill Early School endorses a whole-child approach to teaching and learning that reinforces and expands upon children’s natural competencies. Students are provided opportunities for growth and social development, creative and cognitive development and physical and moral development. By pushing creative boundaries, the school’s educators help children PLAN® toward a future full of self-awareness and confidence.
“There’s nothing like the wonder of childhood,” says Tecler, “and that ‘aha’ moment when I see a child ‘get it.’”