Today we get to celebrate Ms DallaS. DallaS came to me 3 years ago and wanted ( she thought ) to put her daughter Kat into preschool . She was pregnant with Rani at the time and was quite emotional about letting Kat go . It was a big thing to her. DallaS like most moms was a little uneasy about allowing someone else to be such a big part of Kat’s life.
She started volunteering and would come to play .
She loved it.
We started using her as a substitute.
The next year Dallas worked for me part time. Each year we have added a few more hours. In order to have the possibility of ever working in an official capacity in our program DallaS needed to take a CDA course and fulfill the requirements to get that accreditation. Almost every Thursday this whole school year DallaS has left her children ( sacrifice !) and went to a class in Springdale in the evening. She has studied child development , classroom management and a whole host of other things that have made her the amazing teacher she is.
Today was her last classroom observation. As I created small talk with her assessor she said ” This is great. Yall are amazing.” What a compliment from someone that TEACHES TEACHERS! Dallas and Randy and I do make a great team. We balance each others weaknesses out. I am NOT a perfectionist but Randy and Dallas are. So, if it needs done right, they do it. If it needs done fast, I do it . I could give you many examples of how our team works but hopefully you see it and you know .
I am so proud of DallaS and the skills and more importantly the confidence she has gained this year . Its hard to even imagine her as the mommy afraid to let her little one go three years ago. She is very capable to run a preschool classroom and take care of the 100’s of things we do each day. Family Childcare Providers are not like normal preschool teachers. We dont have a cook that prepares and delivers meals. We dont have a secretary that takes care of our paperwork. We dont have a nurse that bandages boo-boos. We dont have a principal that helps smooth parent issues. We dont have a counselor that helps children or parents with social issues. It is us. Dallas is one of us now and she is amazing.
Congrats DallaS, You did it !