Our staff of 11 has a combined total of over 150 years of expertise in the 36 years Director Olga Scharninghausen has been leading Oak View Nursery School. With an average tenure of 13 years, our dedicated teachers have worked so long together they are a well oiled machine. That's what makes Oak View unique...a staff that is a family working together to inspire and nurture children. A staff that is given the freedom to be creative and share that creativity with the children. 

We try to help the parents understand the different developmental stages of these early years and interpret the way their particular child learns. We feel that every person, no matter how small, is fully a whole person in his or her own right. We hope that everything we do affirms that. The poem below "Just Playing" is a great example of what we believe and support in our every day interactions.

Oak View Nursery School is on top of a hill in a former elementary school. It has a large playground for children to explore, and four big classrooms that are bright with children's artwork. Doesn't this sound like a great place to play!

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When I am building in the block room, please don't say I'm "just playing".
For you see, I'm learning as I play, about balance and shapes. Who knows, I may be an architect someday.

When I'm getting all dressed up, setting the table, caring for the babies, don't get the idea I'm "just playing".
For, you see, I'm learning as I play; I may be a mother or a father someday.

When you see me up to my elbows in paint or standing at an easel, or molding and shaping clay,
please don't let me hear you say, "He is just playing".
For, you see, I'm learning as I play. I'm expressing myself and being creative.
I may be an artist or an inventor someday.

When you see me sitting in a chair "reading" to an imaginary audience,
please don't laugh and think I'm "just playing".
For, you see, I'm learning as I play. I may be a teacher someday.

When you see me combing the bushes for bugs, or packing my pockets with choice things I find,
don't pass it off as "just play".
For you see, I'm learning as I play. I may be a scientist someday.

When you see me engrossed in a puzzle or some "plaything" at my school,
please don't feel the time is wasted in "play".
For, you see, I'm learning as I play. I'm learning to solve problems and concentrate.
I may be in business someday.

When you see me cooking or tasting foods, please don't think that because I enjoy it, it is "just play".
I'm learning to follow direction and see differences. I may be a cook someday.

When you see me learning to skip, hop, run and move my body, please don't say I'm "just playing".
For, you see, I'm learning as I play. I'm learning how my body works.
I may be a doctor, nurse or athlete someday.

When you ask me what I've done at school today, and I say, "I just played", please don't misunderstand me.
For you see, I'm learning as I play. I'm learning to enjoy and be successful in my work.
I'm preparing for tomorrow.
Today, I am a child and my work is play.

~ Author Unknown