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Joanie Ballog (Mrs. Ballog)

Date of hire: August 1998

My favorite children's book/story:

Jan Brett is one of my favorite author/illustrators. Her books are beautiful and her stories are fun and memorable. If I had to choose one as my favorite, it would be Gingerbread Baby.

Fun facts about me:

I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading and knitting. For exercise, I do yoga.

Why did you decide to work with preschoolers?

Teaching young children has been a life-long passion for me. Every day is interesting and fun. I can't imagine any other job that would be as wonderful as being a teacher!

What do you love the most about teaching/working with little ones?

I love their curiosity and eagerness to learn, their love of books and nature, and their sense of humor and joyful spirit.

From your perspective, what makes the Children's Center so special?

When you come into the Children's Center, you immediately feel the warm and welcoming environment created by our devoted, close-knit staff, wonderful families and delightful children. You just know that the children have fun and are well-cared for and loved.