Pre-Kindergarten Room

Ages 4 and 5 (4 by October 15)

In this classroom our teachers create an environment of hands-on discovery and discussion, encouraging children to make decisions based on values, such as respect, responsibility, kindness and community . Our Pre-k classroom maintains an appealing  maximum group size of twenty children with three teachers.  Much time is spent exploring the children's wonderful ideas and helping them to make sense of the world around them. Projects and study are driven by children’s interests and inquiry and may involve an entire class or a small group. As the year progresses and attention spans lengthen, both discussions and projects become more involved.  The curriculum is designed to allow children to express their increasing confidence and independence, while meeting the challenges of their curiosity, energy and endless enthusiasm.

Pre-K Daily Schedule

Amelia Bio Pic

Charlotte Battista

Charlotte lives in Portland, Maine, and has had the pleasure of working with children from infancy to adolescents as a classroom educator and owner/director of three Nationally Accredited Centers. She comes to us with over twenty years of experience in the field, has her BHP, Ed Tech III, and also studied Real Estate Law at the University of Southern Maine in 2022. After stepping away from teaching for a time, Charlotte is excited to be working in early childhood again and is very creative and inventive in her approach to learning. Some of her favorite explorations with children include science, mud, bugs, dinosaurs, exploding volcano's, magnets, being active with children on the playground and more! She lives by the motto that there should never be a lost "teaching moment and wants young people in her care to become inspired lifelong learners. Charlotte is passionate about literacy, science and creating an environment inside and outside the classroom that supports children's curiosity and innate wish to learn. She loves books, fiction or non-fiction and believes "books are the ticket to anywhere".

Amelia Shubert

Amelia Shubert is excited to join the JCA Pre-K team for the upcoming school year.  She got her start in teaching in 2020 after receiving her M.Ed. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Antioch University New England. At Antioch, she focused on nature-based education and integrating learning in a child-centered approach. Amelia absolutely loves doing art with the children and her passion comes from her B.A. in Art Therapy from Seton Hill University. The thing she loves most about working with young children is their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning! In her free time, Amelia enjoys spending time in nature and being crafty. She lives in Portland, with her partner (planning a wedding for 2024) and her cat Daisy!