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Subject: Hi there, I'm a Pre-School Teacher!
Date Posted: 2/22/2009 2:27 PM ET
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Hey I just wanted to kind of introduce myself here! My name is Lyndsey and I teach preschool. I am currently attending community college, working toward an Early Childhood Education degree, and I think my goal as it stands right now is to teach somewhere in the K-2 range. I might change my mind, though, I often do! Right now my emphasis is in Infants/Toddlers. I'm the lead teacher for the Two's class, currently, and it is quite challenging!

Many people don't see Preschool Teachers as "real" teachers because for the most part they don't need degrees, but I'm an advocate for changing that! Teachers of every kind need to be educated, need to be respected, and to be recognized by the community for the hard work that they do!

Anyway, hi!

Date Posted: 2/24/2009 12:13 AM ET
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Hi Lyndsey,

Nice to meet you and welcome to PBS! 

I've taught Pre-K, Kindergarten and have returned to 2nd Grade!  You'll love this site......very addicting!!!!   Cindy



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Date Posted: 2/25/2009 1:05 PM ET
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Lyndsey - Welcome!  My youngest son is in pre-school and he absolutely LOVES it.  He has 3 teachers in the classroom and I am always amazed at the amount of activities they do in a day.  My oldest son went to the same school and also had a wonderful experience.

I do think pre-school teachers are "real" teachers!  You (and kindergarten teachers) really have the opportunity to instill how great school can really be to kids.  If they enjoy school at a young age then you have just laid a solid foundation for their future.

Thank you and keep up the good work!

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 1:51 PM ET
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I teach PreK in a public school. Yes, we are certified teachers and yes, I am a real teacher with lesson plans, curriculum, etc. PreK teachers get no respect, even from other teachers. That's OK, I love teaching the younger ones! Their progress is measurable and HUGE!

Date Posted: 2/28/2009 2:54 PM ET
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It always bothers me to hear that other teachers aren't giving preschool teachers the respect they deserve.  I teach special ed grades K-3 and have fought for years to get other teachers to take kindergarten and pre-school teachers seriously when they attempt to identify special needs students.  No one documents behaviors and academic issues like preK and K teachers and it burns me up when their documentation is blown off with a wait and see what happens when they start "real" school attitude.  You guys are the best and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

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Date Posted: 4/7/2009 10:26 AM ET
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I have taught preschool for 13 years ... KinderGym, lead 3's and now music and movement.  To me 2's are a big challenge ... if you need songs or fingerplays for different ages let me know. 

I used to think preschool was a wonderful "babysitting" service with benifits.  My opinion changed greatly when I started to teach ... lucky is the child who is surrounded by a loving, caring, learning preschool enviroment.  So much is learned through "playing" and modeling as I can tell you ladies already know.


Date Posted: 4/28/2009 9:24 AM ET
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Our older two girls didn't do preschool BUT only because I was a SAHM and could work with them...and take them to the library regularly....

We didn't do much TV unless it was Sesame Street and such. In fact, my first one was putting together c.a.t. as cat and changing first letter h. a. t. hat before K.

All that being said: preschool is amazing! My third child went because I was working part-time and couldn't devote as much time to instruction. WE WERE SO IMPRESSED with her pre-test and post-test. (number, letter, color, sound of letter...recognition prior to entry and after preschool was over!) It is DEFINATLEY a learning environment! It IS school!

Our fourth one is heading to every day preschool in the fall and we are PUMPED!

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Date Posted: 5/4/2009 9:09 PM ET
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Just wanted to say HI!  I'm a preschool teacher too....I teach preschool science for K-3, K-4 & a K-5 class.  I have 165+ students & just LOVE teaching a subject to preschoolers.  The amazement & wonder in their eyes & attitudes in my class is so fun to watch! 

Date Posted: 5/9/2009 3:30 PM ET
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I have thought that for so long. Even the aids in the preschool classroom. They run their butts off and work with the kids. I told one of the aids to the preschool teacher, "whatever they are paying you, it is not enough"! Just know, "some" teachers do not respect other teachers period. Whether or not they are preschool teachers.