Tracy is originally from Fairfield County Connecticut. She received her BS in Early Childhood Education from Southern Connecticut State University and her MA in both school and Community Counseling from Fairfield University. Tracy maintains her teaching credentials in both Utah and Connecticut. Before teaching at Shining Stars Tracy worked for the Literacy Project teaching their reading intervention program at the South Summit School District as well as teaching kindergarten at the Park City Day School. Tracy has lived in Park City for seven years with her husband, Scott, and their three children. When not teaching, she loves hiking, reading and riding her bike.
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Melissa
Ms. Nicole is originally from Orange County, CA, where she attended University of Southern California. She graduated with a BA in Art History. She then went on to Loyola Marymount University and received her Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Nicole student taught 3rd grade in Redondo Beach district, taught Kindergarten in Lennox school district and 2nd grade in Hermosa Beach district.
Before teaching at Shining Stars, Nicole was Administrator and Co-Administrator for 3 years. Nicole lives in Park City with her husband, Jim and their 3 children. All 3 of Nicole’s children have gone through Shining Stars program. When not teaching, she loves to travel, visit family in California, read, be active and spend time with family and friends.
Ms. Melissa is originally from Orange County, California, where she attended Chapman University. She graduated with a BA in Sociology and then went back to get her Multiple Subject (Grades K-6th) teaching credential with an emphasis in Reading. Melissa worked for the City of Orange organizing and implementing their elementary school's after-school programs. She also worked for Garden Grove School District and became a semi-permanent substitute teacher in a Kindergarten class. Before teaching at Shining Stars, Melissa was Administrator and Co-Administrator for 4 years. Melissa has lived in Park City for 9 years with her husband, Chris, and their three kids. When not teaching, she loves to spend time with her family, read or go for a great run or hike!
Our curriculum is an adaptation of The Creative Curriculum developed by educators Diane T. Dodge and Laura Colker. It is a comprehensive curriculum based on the theories of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We also use the Zoo-phonics program as an introduction for our students, as this program is also used in the Kindergarten classroom and in the Park City School District.
The Shining Stars Cooperative School recognizes that some parents want a higher level of involvement in their child's education. During the student's "Special Day", you and your child are there in the classroom from morning teacher prep until clean-up after school. Your child gets special privileges, such as being the line leader, beginning opening and closing circle, helping with the weather report and daily calendar activities during circle time, helping to set out snack, etc. It's a wonderful time to share with your child, and is definitely time well spent!
9:00-9:50 - Indoor discovery, Directed Free Choice
9:50-10:00 - 5 Minute Warning and Clean-Up
10:00-10:15 - Opening Circle
1. Good Morning Song
2. Intro of Helpers and Parents
3. Calendar / Weather
4. Pledge of Allegiance
5. Exercise and Movement
10:15-10:25 - Bathroom Break and Singing
10:25-10:40 - Healthy Snack and Library
10:45-11:20 - Outdoor Discovery
11:30-12:00 - Age-Appropriate Learning Activities during Small Group Time
12:00-12:15 - Story Time and Closing Circle
12:15-12:45 - Lunchtime and Pick Up
**This is a sample of our schedule, however some flexibility for field trips, special projects and guest speakers is incorporated.
The daily schedule in our classroom includes age-appropriate activities in the following areas: Fine and Gross Motor Skills, Spatial Relations, Creative Expressions, Language, Science and Math, Self-Help, Reading Readiness, The Senses, Peer Interaction, Art Expression, Dramatic Play, Music and Movement, Community: Global and Local, Snack and Lunch Routine, and Outdoor Play.
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