It is with great honor that we welcome you to our school!
We have an educated, experienced, motivated staff that are ready to spend each wonderful day learning and exploring with your children.
Experience with the Virtues Project has brought us hope for developing a new kind of education. Education where we focus on the positive rather than the negative, where we look for “what’s right” in a child or situation rather than “what’s wrong”, and where we hope to develop in children a sense of security, well-being and self esteem.
This is the first experience for children in school, and we want to make this a positive one. When children leave to go out into the world, we want them to make good choices and experience their love of learning. We would like to extend our gratitude to the parents and of course, to all the lovely children for being part of our Playschool family. We hope you will join us!
Who we are
Shawn Watson, Founder
Shawn Watson has a gift. She has a profound bond and connection to the shaping, developing and educating young children for our rapidly changing and shifting world. After achieving a Master’s Degree in Engineering & Architecture from IIT, Chicago, and the University of Stuttgart, Shawn was drawn to children’s education and in particular to enhancing children’s self‐esteem, uniqueness and individuality. Shawn’s passion is education.
“I will do everything in my power to help promote excellent education for every child on the planet. I hope to build schools with this curriculum all over the world.”
A Master Facilitator for The Virtues Project™ for the past 20 years, Shawn founded and owns The International Early Education Center Schools, which she established and has operated since 1994. Shawn is also nearly complete with her Doctorate in Higher Education Management & Administration at the University of Tampere, Finland.
Highly dedicated, well-trained, nurturing teachers and staff members are the heart of our schools.
Liliana Valencia Ahtiainen – Head Teacher
Lily was born in Peru, lived in Australia, where she learned English, and attended high school in Columbia. Bilingual, she earned her Master’s Degree in Education, graduating with Honors at the University of Phoenix. Lily is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Education Leadership Honor Society, ACEI (Association of Childhood Education International) and NAEYC (National Association of Early Years Children). One of her proudest achievements has been becoming a Virtues Facilitator and being able to share information about this amazing program at different educational conferences.
“Not only did this program make me a better teacher, it made me a better person! I have had the honor of working at the International Early Education Center for the past 12 years and am so blessed that I am a part of a school that is really making an impact in our community.”