DANIELLE LINDNER, TRENDSETTING EDUCATOR
A working mother of two, Danielle struggled to find an early education program that not only offered the nurturing and loving environment she wanted for her children, but also a balanced educational program that challenged, engaged, excited and enriched young learners on a daily basis. Ms. Lindner, leveraged her 17 years in the education industry to create what The London Day School®.
When Danielle determined the need for a new balanced approach to early childhood learning, she set about designing a curriculum based on her vision. The London Day School® gives students the tools to achieve success in areas that other preschools don’t match, all backed by Danielle’s comprehensive curriculum that encompasses STEM, public speaking, foreign language, the arts and character education.
Her educational philosophy is based on her belief that children require academic, social and emotional training to become successful, referred by psychologists as ‘Executive Functioning.’ Her approach underscores children’s ability to work collaboratively with others, to adjust to change and to learn how to be comfortable speaking in public at a young age – and thereby help avoid fear of speaking as they become adults.
Danielle is an advocate of Socratic questioning (systematic and disciplined exploration of ideas to focus on fundamental concepts, principles, theories and problems) to engage children to think creatively & feel safe to share viewpoints and ideas. At London Day School®, children are given experiences necessary to build character now rather than waiting until elementary school, thereby helping to prevent children from becoming schoolyard bullies. Character-building can fall victim to the tremendous amount of stimulus children face. London Day School® builds skills needed for focus and concentration, and seeks to curtail the need for instant gratification. For Lindner, failure represents a teachable moment opportunity.
Danielle Lindner has reimagined the traditional preschool, providing parents – who are increasingly seeking to emphasize early childhood education – with an extraordinary option to daycare. Lindner designed London Day School to address the whole child, combining essential academic skills with a focus on social and emotional development. She has built the London Day School® community on the values of trust, fairness, cooperation, and sensitivity. She joins with parents to instill students with a desire to learn to reach outside themselves and respect the dignity of others. Through her curriculum, students not only graduate from London Day School® with strong academic skills and a readiness for Kindergarten, they also grow as individuals and learn about the importance of social and community responsibility.