Pre-Kindergarten Room

 

 

Pre-K Room Ages 4 and 5 (4 by October 15)

 

In this classroom our teachers create an environment of hands-on discovery and discussion, encouraging children to make decisions based on values, such as respect, responsibility, kindness and community . Our Pre-k classroom maintains an appealing  maximum group size of twenty children with three teachers.  Much time is spent exploring the children's wonderful ideas and helping them to make sense of the world around them. Projects and study are driven by children’s interests and inquiry and may involve an entire class or a small group. As the year progresses and attention spans lengthen, both discussions and projects become more involved.  The curriculum is designed to allow children to express their increasing confidence and independence, while meeting the challenges of their curiosity, energy and endless enthusiasm.

 

Pre-K Teachers email

PRE-KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION

Pre-K Daily Schedule

  • Ariel Ruiz

    Ariel graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology. After moving to Maine two years ago, Ariel worked as an Ed Tech for Portland Public Schools. She has also worked at Center Day Camp for the past two summers. As a teacher, Ariel loves being able to watch children explore the world around them and discover who they are. She is excited to be part of the JCA Preschool team.

    Ariel graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology. After moving to Maine two years ago, Ariel worked as an Ed Tech for Portland Public Schools. She has also worked at Center Day Camp for the past two summers. As a teacher, Ariel loves being able to watch children explore the world around them and discover who they are. She is excited to be part of the JCA Preschool team.

  • Trevor Lilly

    Trevor began his teaching at an in home daycare servicing Israeli American families in Boston while attending Wheelock College. He has been a pre-K teacher for four years and has worked at the JCA since 2009. Trevor is passionate about early childhood education and loves the four and five year old's unique perspectives on the world. He appreciates that his work requires creativity, spontaneity, and constant self reflection, and he brings his love of cooking, art and science into the classroom.

    Trevor began his teaching at an in home daycare servicing Israeli American families in Boston while attending Wheelock College. He has been a pre-K teacher for four years and has worked at the JCA since 2009. Trevor is passionate about early childhood education and loves the four and five year old's unique perspectives on the world. He appreciates that his work requires creativity, spontaneity, and constant self reflection, and he brings his love of cooking, art and science into the classroom.

  • Elaine Isajar

    Elaine Isajar approaches teaching as a shared experience between child and teacher, and she inspires creativity and confidence in the children. Elaine has been teaching at the JCA since 2006. Elaine's own children Kia and Nathan are graduates of the JCA and have attended Levey Day School and Center Day Camp.

    Elaine Isajar approaches teaching as a shared experience between child and teacher, and she inspires creativity and confidence in the children. Elaine has been teaching at the JCA since 2006. Elaine's own children Kia and Nathan are graduates of the JCA and have attended Levey Day School and Center Day Camp.