kindergarten

‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ sets children for success

‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ sets children for success

Children’s brains complete up to 90 percent of development in the first five years of life, according to research by the Rauch Foundation. Though the typical newborn brain is only a quarter of the size it will reach by adulthood, it will grow rapidly in those first years and develop trillions of synapse connections. Read […]

Gardening cultivates young minds

Gardening cultivates young minds

Eva Anderson teaches the Voluntary PreSchool Program at the YMCA. Anderson, who has been teaching for 17 years, built her third school garden this spring with the 2016-2017 VPK class. “It was a fun job to do. I know the children are excited about it,” Anderson said. “Gardens in schools can teach children a lot. […]

Teacher of the Year announced

Teacher of the Year announced

East Milton Elementary kindergarten teacher Kristen White was announced Friday as the Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2018 during a surprise visit to her classroom. White is a graduate of the University of West Florida and has taught kindergarten, STEAM Lab (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and Reading Intervention during her 11 years […]

Raney loves her students’ sense of wonder

Raney loves her students’ sense of wonder

When Holley-Navarre Primary School teacher Jennifer Raney was in kindergarten, she was given an assignment to write down what she wanted to be when she grew up. She wrote teacher. Years later, Raney is back in a kindergarten class, fulfilling that dream from her younger years. Her mother still holds onto the keepsake that proves […]

Cook’s life revolves around children – yours and hers

Cook’s life revolves around children – yours and hers

For West Navarre Primary School (WNPS) kindergarten teacher Jasmine Cook, being announced as the school’s Teacher of the Year was only the second most exciting achievement of her week. While being recognized for working hard to mold young minds is great, what could be more rewarding than bringing a new life into the world? Cook […]

West Navarre Primary Teacher of the Year

West Navarre Primary Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the year is indeed a distinction among teachers. The winners find great honor in the award because they are selected by their peers. In her sixth year at the school, Emily Simon is West Navarre Primary’s award winner this year. “I’m so honored to represent West Navarre Primary. Any one of our teachers […]

Navarre United Methodist provides outreach

Navarre United Methodist provides outreach

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of articles highlighting the many houses of worship in Navarre. Navarre United Methodist Church (NUMC), A diverse group of believers who strive to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others, is located at 9474 Navarre Parkway. NUMC hosts contemporary services on […]

Holley Navarre Primary School Teacher of the Year

Holley Navarre Primary School Teacher of the Year

For Holley Navarre Primary School Teacher of the Year Mary Ellen Woods, her love of working with children is what prompted her to pursue a lifelong dedication to nurturing growing minds. The kindergarten teacher has been at HNPS for nine years and has been teaching for 16 years. “I have always enjoyed being around children,” […]