Preschool enrollment is well underway in Chewelah and two well-established Christian-based Preschool programs have hired new lead teachers for this coming year: Fingerprints Preschool at St. Paul Lutheran Church and Pre-K at St. Mary of the Rosary.
Fingerprints and St. Mary’s preschools are both open to 3-5 year olds with tuition costing $85 per month. Both schools will run 8:30-11:30 a.m. every Tuesday through Thursday, September through May. Both schools are Christian-based programs that welcome all children regardless of their faith.
To enroll at St. Mary’s Preschool, call the church office at 509-935-8028. The school is located in the St. Mary’s School building at 502 E Main Ave. Chewelah. Classes starts Sept. 7 with an open house on Sept. 6.
To enroll at Fingerprints Preschool, call 509-935-6097 or 509-935-6993. The school is located at 202 N Second Street W, Chewelah. Classes start Sept. 20.
Fingerprints Preschool, a mission of St. Paul Lutheran Church, recently hired Jennifer Lotze as lead preschool teacher. Lotze is a graduate of Jenkins High School and mom of three. She has experience working as an aide at Chewelah Head Start and was a Head Start parent volunteer for several years. She has taken several early childhood education classes and is also a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant).
Lotze said Fingerprints is an established program with curriculum guidance from Gess Elementary. They incorporate the Zoophonics curriculum, which is also used at Gess. Lotze said students will learn what they need in order to be ready for Kindergarten.
“I am very excited to be at Fingerprints and helping little minds grow!” she said.
Fingerprints Preschool is a self-supported program although it is backed by the St. Paul Lutheran Church. It is a co-operative preschool, which requires parents or other family members to volunteer in the classroom.
Pre-K at St. Mary’s
St. Mary of the Rosary Preschool recently hired Doreen Kenney, a Washington State Certfied Teacher, as lead teacher, and Lindsay Lange as teacher’s assistant.
Kenney has lived in Chewelah for over 30 years, raised four children here and has eight grandchildren.
“As my son grew I was privileged to be a Boy Scout leader all the way from Tigers to Eagle Scout,” she said.
In between her son’s scout meetings and ball practices, Kenney said she acquired her teacher’s degree with an elementary endorsement from Whitworth University and has over a decade of teaching experience. Dibbles, Stars, Common Core and Scope and Sequence are only a few of the programs and tests styles she has experience with.
Kenney said St. Mary’s Preschool program is a research-based program focused on gentle guidance toward kindergarten readiness.
“We have sequential hands-on creative learning experiences packed with writing, drawing, cutting, pasting, singing, dancing, holiday celebrations and field trips,” Kenney said.
Students will be learning traditional nursery rhymes among other songs and skills in conjunction with the learning goals of both Chewelah and Valley kindergartens.
St. Mary’s preschool is a self-supported program that is backed by the St. Mary of the Rosary Catholic Church.
By Kellie Trudeau/The Independent Staff