Achiever Preschool cel­e­brates 30 years of ed­u­ca­tion

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Achiever Preschool was es­tab­lished in 1984 by Bev­erly An­der­son. She was a for­mer teacher at Chal­lenger Schools and de­cided to start a qual­ity preschool in Span­ish Fork. She hired Linda Bartholomew to work with her. Linda has a de­gree from BYU in Child De­vel­op­ment. Dur­ing the next three years, two more teach­ers joined the team.

In 1987, Bev­erly de­cided that the com­mute she was mak­ing from Salt Lake was too dif­fi­cult and started two new preschools in the Salt Lake area. At that time, Linda and Julie Ward be­came part­ners and were able to find a new lo­ca­tion for Achiever Preschool. The preschool has been at 1200 East Canyon Road for the last 27 years.

Achiever Preschool is a very aca­demic preschool with the goal of kinder­garten readi­ness. They teach col­ors, shapes, num­bers, let­ters, phon­ics, op­po­sites, rhymes and many other con­cepts. They work on prewrit­ing skills, writ­ing their names cor­rectly and writ­ing num­bers and let­ters. Each month a sci­ence or so­cial stud­ies unit is taught. Mu­sic, dance, drama and art also play an im­por­tant part of the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Many con­cepts are taught with mu­sic, since mu­sic is one of the ways that helps our brains process in­for­ma­tion. One other im­por­tant as­pect of a preschool ed­u­ca­tion is that chil­dren learn to follow di­rec­tions, de­velop good lis­ten­ing skills, and learn to in­ter­act in so­cial sit­u­a­tions. This gives them an ad­van­tage as they move into kinder­garten.

After rent­ing the build­ing from the home’s pre­vi­ous own­ers, Linda was able to pur­chase the prop­erty 10 years ago. The preschool is in a build­ing be­hind Linda’s house with a self-con­tained play­ground. Field trips are sched­uled a few times dur­ing the year to give chil­dren op­por­tu­ni­ties for more hands-on learn­ing.

They have en­joyed watch­ing their stu­dents over the years as they grow and ac­com­plish many things. Stu­dents have been Ster­ling Schol­ars, lo­cal roy­alty, re­ceived col­lege schol­ar­ships and suc­ceeded in many ar­eas of life. They still think of them all as “their kids” and watch their achieve­ments with great pride. Many for­mer stu­dents are now bring­ing their chil­dren to Achiever Preschool, which is a lot of fun.

A qual­ity preschool ed­u­ca­tion can help chil­dren in their fu­ture ed­u­ca­tion. Give Linda and Julie a call at (801) 7988102.

Sub­mit­ted by Achiever Preschool

Achiever Preschool en­joy­ing hands-on learn­ing at Provo Fire Depart­ment on a field trip.

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