�Hello, and welcome to Full Day-Early Childhood at Our Shepherd!
2020-2021 School Year
#BeKnown at Our Shepherd with our FULL-DAY program that will allow your child to participate in a day filled with activities that promote the development of the child spiritually, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. Our Full-Day program is an excellent stepping stone into our Kindergarten program.
Full-day programs 8:25 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Monday - Friday (5 days)
Early Childhood is available for children 3 years of age by August 1 and toilet-trained (child is able to communicate and independently take care of all bathroom needs without adult assistance).
The early childhood program is designed to introduce the children to a structured setting where they will be able to learn at their own pace.
Children in full-day early childhood are greeted by Mrs. Tracie Douglas and Mrs. Amy Helmkamp, our lead teachers. We will maintain a student-teacher ratio no greater than 9:1. A class that has an enrollment of 10 will also have an aide with them in the morning and afternoon.
Tracie Douglas Amy Helmkamp
Tracie has been in early childhood education for 10 years and was named the Indiana-Kentucky Teacher of the Year October 2018. She graduated from Concordia Chicago with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a Spanish concentration. She has a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia Portland. Tracie loves teaching children - especially about Jesus!
Visit Mrs. Douglas' Early Childhood blog to get daily updates on what our students are learning! Our Shepherd believes that communication between teachers, students, and parents is key.
Mrs. Amy Helmkamp
Amy has been in early childhood education for 4 years and is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. She enjoys watching the preschoolers open up to build friendships with their classmates and learn about Jesus.
Visit Mrs. Helmkamp's Early Childhood blog to get daily updates on what our students are learning! Our Shepherd believes that communication between teachers, students, and parents is key.
Each day classes starts with the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer. Children are taught daily through words, music and actions that God loves them. Faith is expressed daily and incorporated into all aspects of teaching.
Children will work on age-appropriate skill development through the following:
Gross and fine motor skill development
Creative expression through art and music
The Project Approach
Meaningful hands-on experiences including field trips and guest speakers
Guided, directed, and free choice play
Developmentally appropriate practices
- One-on-one student/teacher time
Meet Our Shepherd Lutheran Early Childhood Aides
Mrs. Carie Andrews began substitute teaching for various grades at Our Shepherd during the 2016-2017 school year. She is thrilled to become the full-time preschool aide. Carie has been blessed to be able to stay home and raise her 2 sons until both were in full-day school. Carie and her family have been attending Our Shepherd Lutheran Church since 2008.
The-Resā is a graduate of Advanced Vocational Health Institute with a degree as a certified nurse assistant (CNA) and home health care. She has been a member of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School for 19 years, aiding in the Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten rooms for all those years. Most of all she enjoys letting her life be an example for non-Christians who are unbelievers, that the Lord Jesus Christ can work through all.
Visit our staff page to find out more about the other Our Shepherd teachers.