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                                       2013 Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA)
                                               Exemplary Outdoor Classroom Contest 
Overall winner - Highland Plaza United Methodist Preschool


                                               2015 SECA Exemplary Outdoor Classroom Contest in an                                                    Urban Setting
                                               Honorable Mention for Little Miss Mag Early Learning Center

 2012 Nature Explore Classroom certification 

 Achieved by Highland Plaza United Methodist Preschool

 and recertified each year since.

Carol C. Montealegre of Carol Montealegre Consulting, Inc.

Southern Early Childhood Association President, 2016-2017

"I congratulate you on your success and commend you for your

exemplary work! Children in many programs will benefit from your

continued work. By bringing the outdoors into children's lives in meaningful ways, children have opportunities for positive growth and development in all domains. Thank you for all that you do for both children and their families!"

Judith O. Flegel, Head Start and Early Head Start Early Childhood Educator and Administrator

"For well over a decade, I have known and worked with Vicky Flessner in the early childhood arena but I know her most recently as I am a member of the board of Highland Plaza Preschool where Vicky developed, over the course of twenty-plus years as the director, a respected and renowned school in the community. One is hit with the creativity of the school even before one enters its doors. The outside play spaces, too, where the children play, incorporate natural materials, water, animals, a climbing wall, art materials, books, and all things that inspire and delight young children. It is aesthetically pleasing to both children and adults and an exceptional place. Vicky is high energy, creative, responsible, and hard-working. I have admired her for these characteristics for many years in her leadership roles in early childhood. I know she brings these qualities to her latest endeavor in creating play areas for children."

book: Designs for Living and Learning: Transforming Early Childhood

Environments, 2nd edition (M. Carter and D. Curtis, 2015). Some of Vicky's

work is shown on pages 73, 137, and 139. 

                                                              WDEF, Channel 12: Boyd-Buchanan

                                                               Head of Lower School Gail Maddux

                                                      and Vicky discuss the educational features

                                                           of their new playscape, which had its grand

                                                           opening on August 9, 2016. 

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