Hi! My name is Kimberly Schultz. I am a graduate of Elon College. I have been in the Bellmawr School District since 1998. I began working as a teaching assistant in general and special education classrooms kindergarten through fourth grades. Then I taught first grade for one year before becoming one of the preschool teachers! I have been teaching preschool since 2001. I have also received my Certificate of Graduate Study in Early Childhood Education, preschool through third grade. On a personal note, I have been married for 11 years to my husband Tom and have 2 little girls named Aubrey, who is 9 years old and is going into fourth grade and Kylie who is 3, going into her second year of preschool. This summer we went to the beach, had play dates, went swimming, and did a ton of other fun things like taking day trips.

Currently the curriculum we use is called Creative Curriculum. There are six fundamental aspects to the curriculum: value of play is the vehicle for learning, help to facilitate and develop social competence, teacher's role is vital in connecting content and learning, family participation is essential, believe all children, even with special needs, can thrive in the classroom, and believe assessment and curriculum must be linked together. Through all of these fundamentals the preschool children will "gain independence and self-control, and learn to take initiative and assert themselves in socially acceptable ways. They become keen observers of their world and experiment with their surroundings to find out what happens when they interact with other people and handle and maneuver objects and materials" (Creative Curriculum for Preschool).

I look forward to meeting you and your little one! As a mom of a school-aged child, I know and understand how hard it is to let your child go off to school for the first time. But it is one of the most amazing experiences your child will have and remember! It is a valuable social experience as he/she learns how to work with others as well as engage in basic learning concepts through play and hands-on interaction.

Looking forward to a great year! Mrs. Schultz