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Preschool I – 10 children – 1:5 ratio

Average age: 26 months – 3 years

The Preschool I classroom is a transitional classroom. Children in this room aretransitioning between the older toddler months and the early preschool year. The children are exposed to new learning experiences through hands on activities which engage them in a variety of activities that encourage exploration and sensory processing such as sand and water play, art, block play, books, dramatic play, music and movement and plenty of outdoor time. Children in the Preschool I classroom often begin or master the important developmental milestone of potty training while in this classroom. They also develop language skills, engage in social interactions and practice self-help skills.

Preschool I Teachers

  • Beverly Carnahan, Lead Teacher Beverly Carnahan, Lead Teacher

  • Alison Morales, Teacher Assistant Alison Morales, Teacher Assistant

Beverly Carnahan, Preschool I Lead Teacher

  • Hire Date: September, 2004
  • Education/Experience: Some College and 23 years of experience  in the early childhood field
  • Certifications: CPR, First Aid, Medication Administration Training
  • Hobbies/Interests: Watching my two children play travel soccer, gardening, Animal lover: 2 dogs, a cat, a turtle, fish and a hamster.

Alison Morales, Preschool I Assistant Teacher

  • Hire Date: November, 2007
  • Education/Experience: High School and 18 years in early childhood field
  • Certifications: CPR, First Aid, Medication Administration Training
  • Hobbies/Interests:  Reading, gardening, cooking, travel and crosstitch.

Preschool II and III – 10 children – 1:5 ratio

Average age: 3 – 4 years

Our pre-school program balances structured activities that allow children to learn new skills and concepts with free play that fosters creativity and individual expression. The curriculum incorporates experiences such as dramatic play, blocks, fine motor, language and literacy, art, science and nature, math and outdoor play. Social skills such as negotiation, cooperation, and communication are encouraged and modeled by our experienced teachers. The curriculum is supplemented with weekly trips to the bookstore, special programs and events such as our Fall Festival, Bookmobile visits, STEM presentations, and museum outreach programs

Preschool II Teachers

  • LaLora Brown-Mason, Lead Teacher LaLora Brown-Mason, Lead Teacher

LaLora Brown-Mason, Preschool II Lead Teacher

  • Hire Date: August, 1996
  • Education/Experience: B.A. in Psychology from Long Island University and 20 years of early childhood experience.
  • Certifications: CPR, First Aid, Medication Administration Training
  • Hobbies/Interests: Community outreach, researching various topics, singing, writing songs, arts & crafts, hair styling, wedding/event planning.

Shawan Arline, Preschool II Assistant Teacher

  • Hire Date: July, 2016
  • Education/Experience: B.A. in Psychology from Norfolk State University and six years of early childhood experience.
  • Certifications:  CPR, First Aid
  • Hobbies/Interests:  Watching football, cheering on her favorite team, the Cowboys, and writing

Preschool III Teachers

  • Sheila Jackson, Lead Teacher Sheila Jackson, Lead Teacher

  • Sarah Barefoot, Teacher Assistant Sarah Barefoot, Teacher Assistant

Sheila Johnson, Preschool III Lead Teacher

  • Hire Date: February 1992
  • Education: High School and currently working on completing Early Childhood Certificate at TNCC.   Also has  24 years in early childhood field
  • Certifications: CPR, First Aid, Medication Administration Training
  • Hobbies/Interests: Family outings and celebrations,going to the movies, R+B music, dancing, and enjoying warm weather.

Sarah Barefoot, Preschool III Assistant Teacher

  • Hire Date:  August, 2014
  • Education/Experience:  B.A. Educational Studies from Ashford University and 10 years of experience in the early childhood field.
  • Certifications: CPR, First Aid
  • Hobbies/Interests: Enjoy running, baking goodies, making crafts and spending time with family and friends.
  • Activity stations are full of puzzles, games and other interactive toys Activity stations are full of puzzles, games and other interactive toys

  • Dramatic play encourages to think outside the box. Need to wear a hardhat while doing laundry? Why not! Dramatic play encourages to think outside the box. Need to wear a hardhat while doing laundry? Why not!

  • Our community meal at Thanksgiving gives WCCC an opportunity to all dine together Our community meal at Thanksgiving gives WCCC an opportunity to all dine together

  • The monthly Bookmobile visit gives our children a chance to develop their curiosity. The monthly Bookmobile visit gives our children a chance to develop their curiosity.

  • STEM lessons are always popular. STEM lessons are always popular.

  • Exploring our community is an important part of our every day activity. Wearing the class backpack is a coveted job that our children take seriously. Exploring our community is an important part of our every day activity. Wearing the class backpack is a coveted job that our children take seriously.