|For Immediate Release:
April 8, 2011
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Kansas City Pre-K Teacher Featured
on Cover of National Teaching Magazine
Nick Pettit honored in the April/May issue of Teaching Young Children, a national magazine that celebrates and supports preschool teachers
(Kansas City, Mo.) – Pre-K teacher Nick Pettit is currently featured on the April/May cover of Teaching Young Children (TYC) magazine. TYC, which is published five times a year by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), provides valuable, research-based content that preschool teachers use in their work with children and families.
Pettit appears on the cover of the magazine and in a corresponding interview in which he discusses how he became a teacher, his teaching philosophy, and his future goals. His interview is part of a series on excellent educators chosen to appear on the cover of TYC, which is distributed to 45,000 readers nationwide.
Pettit has been teaching for two years at Scuola Vita Nuova, a pre-K through 8th grade charter school in northeast Kansas City. He was nominated to be featured in the magazine by fellow teacher Melissa Reeder, a third grade teacher at the school.
“I nominated Mr. Nick because I see the wonderful work that he does every day. He develops projects based around the children’s interests to drive learning in the classroom. He is an outstanding teacher who has helped to educate the other teachers at our school about the importance of early childhood education and how the very youngest children learn,” she said.
Pettit, who is an NAEYC member, strives to create a rich learning environment for the students in his class. He also works to develop strong connections to the children’s families through themed nights, a weekly newsletter, and a classroom blog in English in Spanish.
He says he is proud of Scuola Nuova’s commitment to early learning. “The children in this part of the city don’t have many options when it comes to early childhood programs. I’m proud that our school understands the value of a high-quality preschool classroom,” he said.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.