Achiever Preschool celebrates 30 years of education
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.
Achiever Preschool enjoying hands-on learning at Provo Fire Department on a field trip.