Curious Kinders

Pre-K | Mon—Fri

Ms. Elizabeth & Ms. Katey

Our focus is on building a strong foundation for success by helping our students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Classroom Philosophy

Welcome to Kindergarten! This is such an amazing time for children—it is a transition to becoming a “big” kid! In our classroom, we use each child’s natural curiosity and excitement to lay the groundwork for a love of learning and instill community engagement. We’re so excited to spend the year with your child!

Daily Schedule


8:45 – 9:00

Arrival, morning routine, free centers


9:00 – 9:15

Morning Work Tubs


9:15 – 9:30

Circle Time 


9:30 – 10:30

Learning Rotations


10:30 – 10:35

Bathroom Break


10:35 – 11:00

Calendar and Story Time 


11:00 – 11:25



11:30 – 11:45



11:45 – 12:15



12:15 – 12:40

Free Centers 






Kindergarten is offered half-day, 8:45 am until 12:45 pm, Monday through Friday. The class offers a Christian environment with daily devotions, and a curriculum based on the NC Common Core Standards, Our reading program also includes the Balanced Literacy Model “4 Blocks” in accordance with the standards and we add phonics with Saxon Phonics and Spelling and Saxon Math at the Kindergarten level. The same primary writing program, by Lucy Calkins, offered in the public schools is incorporated at the Kindergarten and can be reviewed at In addition, we offer Spanish, Music, field trips, and weekly Physical Education.

Our Teachers


Elizabeth Russler

Ms. Elizabeth has been at NPK for 3 years. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught 1st and 2nd grade. She has lived in Ohio, Georgia, Wisconsin, and now North Carolina! She lives in Mills River with her husband and two daughters. Her family loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking!


Katey Hallaran

This is Katey’s second year in Kindergarten and her fifth year at NPK. Katey has an Associates Degree in Education and has worked with all different ages at NPK. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, working in her garden, taking care of her chickens and playing with her sweet Border Collies, Harper and Heidi. Also in very exciting news, she and her fiance Brad are getting married in October!