New Kituwah Academy Early Childhood

Language revitalization and cultural education

NKA Early Childhood

Mission:
New Kituwah Academy provides a nurturing learning environment where students, staff, and families, and the community work in partnership to rekindle our language and to instill pride in being “Kituwah First”.

Licensing:
Preschool ages 0-5 years is licensed through the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development. The NKA EC meets the same requirements as any other licensed facility. Our staff are trained to implement Kaplan’s Creative Curriculum. Teachers translate the materials into Cherokee. This is a common practice among existing immersion programs across the country, especially those whose target language is “less commonly taught” like Cherokee.

The Kituwah Academy Program Philosophy
The NKA EC program believes in the revitalization of the Cherokee Language. Our program believes that the Cherokee culture and language is living, thriving and should be incorporated into our children’s education. Our program believes that all children share certain basic needs and that it is their rights to have all these needs met.

We believe that children benefit most from a comprehensive program, which provides a broad range of services and the child’s entire family, as well as the community must be involved. Our program will strive to maximize the strengths and unique culture of each and his/her to develop into a socially competent, productive member of society.

Our program is designed to meet each child’s individual needs. It is also designed to reflect the cultural heritage of the community being served. We will make all efforts to provide enriched experiences for your child through cultural activities that are ingrained into the curriculum. Cherokee elders, artisans and craftsman are invited to the classroom to share their skills with the children.

Each child will receive three developmental screening and assessments during the school year. These tools allow teachers to design the curriculum to meet the needs of each student. The results of the screening and assessment are shared with parents at home visits and parent teacher conferences throughout the year. A developmental assessment is conducted at the end of each year to show parents and staff the progress that has been made by each child.

A variety of learning experiences are planned to foster intellectual, social and emotional growth. Children participate in indoor and outdoor play and are introduced to the concepts of words and numbers. They are encouraged to express their feelings and to develop self-confidence and the ability to get along with others.

Our staff receives training in child development and early childhood education. Each classroom is staffed with teachers with Child Care Credentials.

Calendar

2019-2020 NKA Early Childhood Calendar

 

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Meet Our Staff

Sarah Ganilla

Sarah Ganilla

Early Childhood Supervisor

Kele Groenewold

Kele Groenewold

Language Specialist Assistant

Joni Hill

Joni Hill

Language Specialist Assistant

Shayla Jackson

Shayla Jackson

Language Specialist

Michelle Long

Michelle Long

Family Partnership/Lead Teacher

Chelsea Murphy

Chelsea Murphy

Language Specialist Assistant

Carolina Oocumma

Carolina Oocumma

Language Specialist

Tamara Sampson

Tamara Sampson

Language Specialist Assistant

Rosie Sneed

Rosie Sneed

Language Specialist

Ashley Teesateskie

Ashley Teesateskie

Language Specialist Assistant

Elvia Walkingstick

Elvia Walkingstick

Language Specialist Assistant

Emily Welch

Emily Welch

Language Specialist Assistant