Preschool teacher instills confidence via gym skills | Community Spirit
An area woman is working to make sure her students have everything they need to reach new heights.
It looks like all fun and games, and it is.
Sue Neuhauser is the preschool director at Gymfinity and News 3's Top-notch Teacher for August 2013. Owner J. Orkowski said people can see Neuhauser's enthusiasm as a teacher just watching her with the kids.
"A lot of our staff loves what they do, but Sue has a certain passion for it," Orkowski said.
But Neuhauser didn't come to calisthenics and tumbling first.
"I never did gymnastics ever in my life," Neuhauser said. She said she can accomplish a forward roll but doesn't like to do it.
Instead of starting in the gym, Neuhauser began her path to teaching pursuing schooling to become a child life specialist. She used those skills in various schools teaching preschoolers before she rolled over to Gymfinity on Nesbitt Road in Fitchburg.
"I love having 3 year olds come in that have no idea what they're doing and have a little bit of nervousness about being out here and just building their self-esteem," Neuhauser said.
Building confidence and learning some basic skills like playground readiness are what "Ms. Sue," as her students call her, is all about.
"They learn safe falling. They can learn to walk on curbs [and] the self-esteem of playing ," Neuhauser said. "One of the greatest things about working here is that I get to play with the equipment, use my imagination and then watch kids do what I just imagined.
With every jump, line walk and swing on a vine through the gym jungle, Neuhauser is helping the young gymnasts reach new heights.
"I think once kids get that self-esteem in them, that they will go after and they will try to tackle anything in their life," she said. "That they know they can do it."