Reading the Feb. 13 Columbian story “Kindergarteners get a head start: State program helps teacher better understand individual students,” I am glad that our teachers are getting the recognition they deserve. I commend the fact that they want to learn about our children before school starts, so they have a better understanding of the small people they have in their classes.
My son’s kindergarten teacher from Daybreak School in Battle Ground was part of this pilot program two years ago. I liked that the teacher had a chance to spend a week with the children to understand their personalities, and find out what their strengths and weaknesses were. She was able to see who was at what level and what she could do to get them where they needed to be. I enjoyed the program, because I was able to talk with her after she assessed my son, and I was empowered knowing how the teacher and I could work together to help him succeed.
I hope this program will catch on and spread throughout the country. This is definitely one of those programs that I think President Obama was talking about in his State of the Union address.