Welcome to Kindergarten!!



Degrees and Certifications:

BA Elementary Education; minors Early Childhood, Language Arts, & Science

Welcome to Kindergarten!!

 Hello! My name is Taylor Van Niel. This will be my very first year in my own classroom! Last year I was a long-term substitute for 1st grade at Edwardsburg Primary. I can’t wait to get to know all of you and have a fantastic school year!

 I was born and raised in Illinois and now live in St. Joseph, MI. I’m a middle child and have 2 brothers. When I'm not teaching, I love hanging out with my family, friends, and puppy Leo. I also love being outside, working out, and watching/playing sports. Go Cubs Go!

I believe that each child has the potential to bring something unique and special to this world. All students come to school with different experiences and make up a community of diverse learners. As a teacher I will always make sure that I am familiar with those differences and teach to the needs of each child so that all learners can feel capable and successful. My classroom will be a caring, safe, and positive environment where each child can blossom and grow. The students will respect themselves, their teachers, and others because respect will be the foundation of our classroom community.


“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

-William Arthur Ward