I have a grown son and stepdaughter, both of whom attended Calvary Preschool. In fact, I was my stepdaughter's teacher! Her dad and I met later in life when our kids were in high school. We are now empty nesters and grandparents to 7 and 3 year old boys who also are Calvary Preschool kids. This place is definitely a family in many ways!
We enjoy spending time at our family cabin in the summer. They boys love to fish and I prefer to read or take a walk with my dog, Spanky. I believe that the best popcorn is made on the stove with REAL butter and that dark chocolate and power naps are among life's finer gifts!
I originally was licensed to teach Elementary school and thought I would still be able to teach curriculum in developmentally appropriate, fun, hands-on ways. I found out quite quickly that was not the case. I wanted to teach children, not test them and gather data. It just seemed that the focus was on test scores rather than learning and that broke my heart.
I started teaching at Calvary Preschool in 1999. I was so thrilled to be a part of this school because the whole focus was on connecting with kids and families, incorporating faith into our daily routines with prayer and Bible songs, building relationships, having fun and allowing them to be children—full of curiosity and excitement.
I left for a couple of years (life takes unexpected twists and turns) and taught in both public and private schools. Although I loved my students, something was missing. I missed my school family—the staff at Calvary has always been so supportive of one another. I missed the fun of watching kids paint, play dress up, make friends and discover new things about the world. In short, I missed the joy, so I went back.
The 2020-21 school year marks my 16th year as the Director. Initially, I never imagined myself anywhere but the classroom (which I do miss), but being the Director has been another adventure I wouldn’t trade for anything. I feel very fortunate to have been the part of so many childhoods and to have known and worked with the most amazing teachers you will ever find!
The last class I taught prior to becoming Director, was a Pre-K class of 11 boys and 4 girls. I’m not going to lie—when I saw that class list I thought, “Oh boy! That’s going to be a lot of energy!” It was—but it was also such an amazing group of kids. I just recall that class being a lot of fun.
The day we carved pumpkins, I thought they'd really be 'into it.' NOPE! All but one of the kids were turned off by the smell and feel of the pumpkin 'guts.' There was one little boy who loved it, though, and he was up to his elbows in pumpkin slime for at least 45 minutes. The look of pure joy and curiosity and fun on his face is something I think about every October when the pumpkins arrive.
There have been many funny stories along the way, but my favorite is an April Fool's Day story.
One of my students' mothers called the office (I was a classroom teacher at the time) in a panic because her older daughter had come home from school and was throwing up. She couldn't leave and didn't know how she was going to get her preschooler home. I told the Director I would be happy to take her home, and I informed the little girl what was going on. For the rest of the day, the little girl kept looking at me and saying, "I don't believe you. You're trying to April Fool's me!" and she repeated it all the way up to the point where I dropped her off at her front door. Her mom and I laughed about that story for many years!
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