Wilson Elementary’s pre-K program off to a ‘super’ start

Kathleen Messer, the pre-K teacher at Wilson Elementary School, builds blocks with her new students during their first day of school Aug. 18. (Photos by Danielle Davis)

Kathleen Messer, the pre-K teacher at Wilson Elementary School, builds blocks with her new students during their first day of school Aug. 18.

By Danielle Davis, Bayonet & Saber /

Parents held tight to their little ones as they took them to pre-K for the first time Aug. 18 at Wilson Elementary School.

Anaida Rodriguez builds block alongside her son, Yeivian Cartagena, during his first day of pre-K at Wilson Elementary School Aug. 18. (Photos by Danielle Davis)

Anaida Rodriguez builds block alongside her son, Yeivian Cartagena, during his first day of pre-K at Wilson Elementary School Aug. 18.

“I have a lot of mixed emotions. He’s my firstborn and I gave birth to him early. So it’s hard being separated from him,” said Nicole Behrens.

According to Behrens, her son Kaleb loves to build things. He also likes learning about numbers and colors. He’s really excited about making new friends.

Sgt. Laurie-Ann Gomes was excited about her daughter Janiyah’s first day.

“She has an older sister that’s already in school so she was really happy about getting started,” Gomes said

Samantha Ringrose said that her son Ethan was thrilled about starting school.

“His older sister goes here as well so he’s stoked to be part of the Wilson family,” added Ringrose.

“Wilson offers a huge number of activities and programs. There’s field day and the fall festival. So we’re just really excited to be a part of it,” Ringrose added.

Kathleen Messer, the pre-K teacher at Wilson Elementary School, reads a book written about herself Aug. 18 to her students during their first day of school. (Photos by Danielle Davis)

Kathleen Messer, the pre-K teacher at Wilson Elementary School, reads a book written about herself Aug. 18 to her students during their first day of school. (Photos by Danielle Davis)

“We’re glad to have the chance to get the preschoolers prepared for the next level of learning. Through the curriculum, they’ll be introduced to a variety of topics, including transportation and nature,” said Michelle Allen, principal of Wilson Elementary.

Kathleen Messer, the pre-K teacher, hopes that the 2016-2017 school year will be full of more “firsts” for the preschoolers.

“I’m looking forward to this year. The students are going to be learning about math and reading,” Messer said.

“I’m especially excited to teach them about science. In our creative curriculum, we have tree study and I just love it. The kids will get a chance to go outside and explore. They’ll also get to draw pictures of trees and investigate the animals that live in the trees,” she added.

Kathleen Messer, the pre-K teacher at Wilson Elementary School, gives her students a tour of the classroom during their first day of school Aug. 18. (Photos by Danielle Davis)

Kathleen Messer, the pre-K teacher at Wilson Elementary School, gives her students a tour of the classroom during their first day of school Aug. 18.

Messer wants to help get the students interested in school.

“That’s one of the main goals. We also want to get them used to interacting with peers their own age,” said Messer.

It’s about learning how to problem-solve when issues arise. Sometimes it’s hard to get along with one another. It’s important to teach them how to do that, she added.

For this year’s pre-K theme, Messer chose “Superheroes in Training.”

“I chose superheroes because I knew it would be something that the children would easily respond to. They’re fun,” she said.

After completing preschool, these students will be ready for kindergarten. They’ll already know their letters, numbers and shapes, which will put them a step ahead, added Larry Haddix, an education aide.

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