Janie Lacey

St. Paul's Preschool Wood and Clay Shop Teacher Janie Lacey

Janie Lacey

What education, training, credentials and life experience do you have that help you in your work with preschoolers?

I grew up third of seven children which meant I had a lot of responsibilities caring for my younger siblings and I actually enjoyed it. At my high school I was able to participate in a preschool on our campus and found that quite fulfilling. During my summers I was a camp counselor with special-needs children and that led me to pursue a Special Education degree at Slippery Rock State College, now a university. Soon after, I became a full-time mom, which I adored. In 1987 I began working at Reynolda Playschool in Winston-Salem. By 1997, I was the mother of four and we moved just north of Charlotte and I worked for three years at Davidson Methodist Preschool. After returning to Winston -Salem, I resumed work at Reynolda until coming to SPP in 2008. I took the North Carolina teaching credentials at Forsyth Tech.

What year did you join the Preschool staff?

2008

What class are you teaching this year?

Wood and Clay Shop

What do you consider to be your hometown?

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

What are your most important teaching goals for the children in your class?

Kindness. Jesus tell us, “Love one another as I love you.” If we can learn to love like Christ has loved us, then we can accomplish much.

What do you like most about your job?

I may be called the teacher, yet I continue to learn so much from the children. I also love the funny things kids say.