May 12, 2014
A preschool teacher who also happens to be the school director is preparing to retire after more than three decades in the classroom. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes, CBS19's Stephanie Satchell is featuring Jill Carey who has been making a difference for students and teachers at St. Mark Lutheran Church Preschool in Charlottesville.
Since 1980, Jill Carey has called St.Mark Lutheran Church Preschool her home away from home.
From teaching lessons about the solar system to farm animals, Carey has been busy making sure these children build a good academic foundation.
"They're being allowed to problem solve everyday. They're being allowed to create. They're thinking about what they want to do making good choices and most importantly, I think they're learning to get along with each other," said Carey.
Over the years, many other teachers have worked closely with Carey. They say she's a mentor and hero.
"There are so many great things about having Jill be the director here. I think she's really an advocate for the kids, for the teachers, for the parents. One of the things I think she's held fast to is sort of the understanding that kids learn best at this age through play, through interacting with each other and through creative activities," said Anne Lindberg, Teacher, St. Mark Lutheran Church Preschool.
Although, many teachers, parents and students think very highly of Carey, she say's she's no hero.
"No I don't think of myself as a hero. I'm very lucky. So, I'm fortunate I could find a job that I love," said Carey.
Carey says the job has been rewarding everyday for the past 30 years.
Carey will be retiring at the end of May. There will be a special retirement celebration for her on May 30th at the school fellowship hall at 7:00pm.