Dear Pre-K Families,
Welcome to Pre-Kindergarten at Dewey! We are going to spend a wonderful year together. My name is Marla Finley. I spent over 20 years working in Early Childhood Education with children from 6 weeks through 8 years old. Besides my time in the classroom, I have been an Assistant Director of a NAEYC accredited child care center. I have degrees in Early Childhood Education from St. Louis Community College and University of Missouri- Saint Louis and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Missouri- Saint Louis. I am married and have twin adult sons.
I feel that my true passion is working with Pre-K age children. I love to promote self-help skills and empower the children to believe in themselves. I work with the children in varying situations including large group, small groups, and individually. I believe that providing the right learning is essential for this age because it fosters independence and creativity. Learning centers allow the students to choose where they “play” and to freely explore the learning activities provided for them at their developmental level. I assess the students quarterly on basic Pre-K skills but continue to push the students, teaching and assessing beyond the basic Pre-K curriculum. My motto is that I want your child overly prepared for Kindergarten.
I work very hard to optimize learning through team teaching with my Assistant, Ms. Judy. She works with the children daily and follows the students to their other classes like related arts, world language, and lunch. We work to create the best learning environment for your child that fosters creative thinking, problem solving, and the imagination. I look forward to getting to know your child and family this year. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and the school number is 314-645-4845. Thank you in advance for your help this year and I look forward to a great school year.