Pre-Kindergarten

“The teachers have a beautiful way of recognizing and honoring the unique beauty of God’s creation in each child. We appreciate the way they help our child to learn to read, write and think!”

–Mac Ryerse, Corporate Secretary for Potlach Corporation 

Marcus Clause-Geston
BA Psychology

Teacher/Child Ratio: 1:10

Maximum class size: 20

Ages of Children: 3 1/2 – 6 Years

Personal Background:

My passion for education took root while I was working on a psychology BA.  A professor offered extra credit for participation in a mentorship program, so I mentored at-risk youth in a local middle school and discovered my    purpose.  I restructured my educational path to concentrate heavily on child development, and upon graduation, I co-taught in a preschool classroom with a seasoned veteran of  early childhood.  I then taught for a year at another facility before coming to North Wall, where I look forward to many more years of learning.

Philosophy of Teaching:

Having fun in all we do is of paramount importance to me!  I aspire to instill a lifelong love of learning in all of my students.  By honoring individuality, modeling conscientiousness and    compassion, and practicing mindfulness, I strive to create a safe environment to explore.  We are all free to analyze the curious, laugh at the absurd, and above all enjoy the quirky pursuit of knowledge.

Goals for the Class:

  • To create a physically, mentally, and emotionally safe environment for all who enter.
  • To honor each child’s unique culture, interests, and needs.
  • To prepare each child for success in the transition to kindergarten.

Class Schedule:

7:30 – Morning activities, snack

9:00 – Outside time

9:30 – Whole group meeting

10:00 – Centers

11:00 – PE (MTThF), Outside time (W)

11:30 – Grace and lunch

12:00 – Story time

12:30 –  Rest, relaxation                                  

1:00 – Whole group meeting

1:15 – Centers

3:00 – Small group activity

3:30 – Outdoors

4:00 – Snack

4:15 – Plan for individual centers, centers

5:30 – Close of school