NC Pre-K I – Panthers

The preschool learning environment is primarily based on The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, developed by Teaching Strategies Inc, used in high-quality early education settings throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. At the core of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool are well-planned learning centers that allow for child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching that prepares children for academic excellence. The development of language, mathematical reasoning, and scientific thought is emphasized throughout all the centers. Changes to the learning environment, activities, and projects reflect emerging interests and individual goals. Learning centers offer guided experiences that encompass all the skills and understandings necessary for optimum development and success in school.

Typical centers include:
Language/Library Technology/Computers
Construction/Blocks Science
Dramatic Play Outdoor Learning
Art/Creative Expression Music and Movement
Sensory: Sand and Water Math/Manipulatives

Learning Centers are supplemented by any number of independent learning stations designed for use by one or two children.

Throughout the day, children make self-directed and guided choices using Family Choice Boards, participate in small groups and projects, join in circle-times with the whole group, and reflect upon and document their learning experiences. Children are guided to critical learning experiences that form the building blocks of healthy development. Using the The Creative Curriculum for Preschool and knowledge of the children and families as a framework, teachers use their talent and expertise to design, adapt, and invent learning centers that best serve the children in the room.

Interest Areas

The physical space of The Creative Curriculum classroom is organized into 10 indoor interest areas:

Dramatic Play
Toys and Games
Sand and Water
Music and Movement
The 10 indoor interest areas plus the outdoor space offer multiple opportunities for children to explore, discover, and learn. Interest areas provide a setting for children to learn academic content and apply skills.

Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum is used in all our Pre-K Classrooms

Based on more than 15 years of classroom application and the most current academic, social, and emotional research, the Second Step curriculum focuses on the three essential competencies’empathy, impulse control and problem solving, and anger management.

In about 30 minutes once or twice a week, the students learn to practice prosocial behavior. The Second Step program teaches children how to deal with emotions, resist impulsive behavior, resolve conflict, solve problems and understand the consequences of their actions. By understanding their emotions and how to respond to them, students are able to remain focused on academics. Children learn to understand issues that lead to conflict and then use specific problem solving strategies to resolve and avoid them.
Teachers model and reinforce the skills taught in the lesson throughout the week.

Check back to read our lesson plan.



Michelle Gullette

michelleLead Teacher

My name is Michelle Gullette.  I have lived in Rowan county my entire life.  I am also a new mother to a baby girl named Paislee. I am a recent graduate from Catawba College where I receive my Bachelor of Art Degree in Birth through Kindergarten Education.  I also recently received my Birth through Kindergarten teaching license. I have been in the teaching profession since high school.  I have about ten years teaching and volunteering experience.  Teaching is where my heart is and what I love doing.  Teaching makes all other professions possible!




Jennifer – Assistant Teacher

I live in Albemarle with my wonderful husband Jamie and our three beautiful children. I have 10 years of experience working at Partners In Learning and was excited to come back in 2015. I am returning to Partners in Learning because my heart and soul is here.

I currently have my associates degree in early childhood and will be attending classes to receive my bachelor’s in the fall. In the past 17 years of being in the child care field I have worked with all ages of children.
My favorite thing about working with children has to be the fact that they teach me about play. Children learn through play and as adults we seem to forget that part. I love the smiles that they bring everyday to my life.



MeliyaMeliya Harris

I’m Meliya and I am so happy to be a part of the Partners in Learning Family! I interned with Sam and Sara of the Polar Bear classroom, and it was a great experience! I graduated from East Rowan High School in 2009, and I am a 2014 graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College where I earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. I am continuing my education at Catawba College where I will earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Birth to Kindergarten Education. Some of my hobbies include crocheting, reading, and doing other arts and crafts such as painting and collage. I do not have any children, but I am excited to one day start my own family. I am pretty introverted, but the children help bring me out of my shell!  I love being able to see children get excited about learning, and I get excited to learn with them! Seeing children learn and discover new and exciting subjects and guiding them to better understanding a concept is something I greatly enjoy. I love watching children become thrilled about learning and life!
To Top