Sunshine Kids

Pre-K | Mon—Fri

Ms. Dana & Ms. Stacy

Our aspiration is to create a maximum love of learning and for the children to know that they are all God’s beloved children.

Classroom Philosophy

Children grow so much at this age and are sponges ready to soak up the knowledge you offer them. Because of this, we endeavor to provide a variety of activities and experiences to meet the needs of each individual child. Not all children learn in the same way and we strive to balance the curriculum to reach all the multiple intelligences. We endeavor to create a learning environment that is structured and unstructured; informative and creative; active and quiet; and in which children are given the opportunity to both observe and participate. We seek to help every child to develop skills that will foster  independence, social skills, cognitive, physical, emotional and spiritual development. Our goal is to prepare each child in our classroom to be ready to continue onto Kindergarten.

Daily Schedule


Arrival/Free Choice Centers

Circle Time/Morning Meeting*

Developmental Center Rotation

Show and Share Circle*

Bathroom Break/Handwashing

Lunch, Pack Up, and Quiet Independent Reading


Playground/Gross Motor Play

Goodbye Circle*

Start Dismissal

*Circle time includes activities such as the calendar, the Pledge, weather, group games/activities, stories, discussions, introduction to letters, shapes, colors, numbers, songs, show and share and prayer.

Development Centers

Free Art, Reading, Math, Building, Felt Board, Dramatic Play, Play Dough, Easel, Fine Motor, Listening, Science, Puzzles, Puppets, iPad, Sensory Table, Writing, Magnet Board, Pocket Chart, Literacy/ABC

Our Teachers


Dana Marsh

My husband Lloyd and I have been married for 26 years and have 3 children. My daughter Caroline is a graduate student at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. My son Jack is starting his sophomore year at NC State. My youngest daughter, Lily, is a senior in high school. We have lived in the Asheville area for 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Child Development from the University of Arizona. I have taught for 15 years and this is my 13th year teaching Pre-K at NPK. I feel very fortunate to be able to be a part of the Sunshine Kid’s class and look forward to watching and guiding your children as they take those important steps toward kindergarten.


Stacy Byrne

My husband Brian and I have been 19 married years and have two daughters. Abby and Alyssa are 16 and 11 are in 11th and 6th grades. We moved here from Long island, NY in 2007. I have a Bachelor of Applied Sciences from SUNY Stony Brook. I enjoy volunteering for my children’s schools and at church as well as spending time with my family. I joined the Nativity Preschool staff in 2016. I am excited to be a part of the Sunshine Kids Pre-K classroom and I look forward to helping your children learn, grow and love school.