JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More and more young kids are getting a head start on their education thanks to voluntary pre-kindergarten. Our Teacher of the Week makes this first year of learning extra fun and exciting for her students.
In Abbey Fielder's VPK class at First Baptist Junior Academy, every day is an adventure. The students never seem to stop moving and they never stop learning. "I feel like at this age you can really make or break a child and their learning experience so if we can start them off with a really fun and positive experience, that's what we want to do," said Fielder.
From learning the calendar to sight words and beginning to read, these four and five year olds are building a strong foundation that will prepare them for kindergarten. "We're really giving them a strong foundation so that they can start kindergarten already feeling confident and already feeling successful."
Voluntary pre-k is just that; it's volunteer, but Fielder believes it's an important year to get students ready for the years ahead in school.
Fielder has been teaching for six years, 2 in VPK, and said this is what she loves. "I never imagined doing anything else. I love kids and I really have a passion for education and so I think there's nothing else I should be doing."
The parent who nominated Fielder for Teacher of the Week wrote, "She is the perfect example of what a primary teacher should be."
First Coast News