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Welcome to Pre-K

Our preschool is a part of the St. John Neumann community.  It is rooted in the strong foundations of our Catholic faith and promotes the spiritual, academic, physical, and emotional well-being of each child. Our dedicated preschool teacher and their assistant provide students with the integral fundamentals needed to succeed.

The vision of St. John Neumann Preschool is the care and guidance of children to learn to the best of their ability.  Our preschool children are given opportunities to engage in hands-on activities to prepare them the best we can for Kindergarten.

Meet Mrs. Gentile

Mrs. Gentile was born and raised in Connecticut, where she lived until 2008. At that point, she and her husband moved to Ohio where her two children, Nico and Nadia, were both born.

In 2016, as her husband was looking at new job opportunities, he asked her “What do you think about Knoxville, TN?” and they never turned back! They love living in this area and feel it’s an amazing place to raise a family. Her family, including her cavapoo Noble, enjoy outdoor activities as much as possible. They like to hike, bike, camp, or simply play outside every chance they get.

From as long as she can remember, Mrs. Gentile wanted to be a teacher. She started babysitting at 9 years old and has always enjoyed working with children. In college, she was given a summer opportunity to work with a child with autism. That experience led her to get her teaching degree and eventually a master’s degree in Special Education.

This is Mrs. Gentile’s second year at SJNCS. She stayed home with her daughter Nadia until she started preschool this past year. Mrs. Gentile teaches the Pre-K4 class, which she loves. She loves playing, singing, and doing activities with the children. She also loves to make the first school year(s) of the students lives fun and enjoyable in hopes to instill a love of school. She feels SJNCS is one big family and says she feels truly blessed that God led her to be able to work at an amazing school!

Meet Mrs. Greiner

Mrs. Greiner was born and raised in East Tennessee, attending public schools and then the University of Tennessee, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, and a Master’s degree in Education. Mrs. Greiner taught Business and Technology at the high school level in both Knox County and Southlake, Texas, before moving back to Knoxville.

Mrs. Griener shared, “I was raised in a loving Christian home, which I am very thankful for. My father was (and still is) a Southern Baptist Minister, and his example, along with my mother’s, made a big impact on me. However, I always felt like there was something more to my faith that I was missing. I found that “missing piece” in the beauty and tradition of the Catholic Church, especially the sacraments. After my conversion in 2007, I finally felt at peace, and that I had found my home.”

After several years as a stay at home mom, Mrs. Greiner re-entered the classroom as a Kindergarten Teaching Assistant at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. She says, “My first year working with young children, I knew that it was my calling. I absolutely love my ‘little friends’! Teaching them about Jesus’ love is my greatest joy, and God is continually teaching ME something through the children in my life.”

Mrs. Griener is married to her husband, Andy and they have 2 girls, Maddie and Lila. She and her family are parishioners of St. John Neumann.

Not many people can say they have their dream job, but Mrs. Griener believes she does! She is looking forward to being a part of SJNCS, meeting her new little friends, and watching how God continues to help us all grow!

What We're Learning This Year

In Pre-K, your child will participate in daily activities geared towards fostering independence, enhancing academic development, and promoting relationships and community.

We use the Splash into Pre-K curriculum from Frog Street Press which provides an extensive integration of theme, disciplines, and domains. Each week is filled with exciting themes such as families, communities, things that move, our Earth, bugs, choices, and many, many more. This is a cross curricular program with literature, math, science, social studies and social development.

Our reading program, Happily Ever After breaks down and explains the earliest reading skills and aligns with our elementary curriculum for a smooth transition into Kindergarten. It is literature based and focuses on letters, colors, shapes and vocabulary to prepare them for the K-2 Superkids series.

Religion is taught from God Made the World by Loyola Press. We have religion daily and incorporate learning prayers and songs about God during this class. There is a weekly Religion activity that we do on Wednesday afternoons. Each year, we prepare our students to attend Mass on Mondays and Thursdays starting in October.

Center time is provided as time allows. Centers are based on our theme or skills we are currently working on. We usually have play dough and encourage them to make it theme based (i.e. we are learning about homes this week and we may ask them to try and make a home with play dough). We may have a center that is letter practice with dry erase boards or magnet letters, a game that is run by a teacher, and several others (puzzles, pattern blocks, color sorting, peg boards, etc.) This is a popular time of the week. It is like a free play with some structure. They can move around but are not required to (especially if they trying to complete a puzzle or activity).

Singing and dancing time occurs daily after nap. We learn songs that go with their themes and review others they have learned, and once everyone is fully awake we get up and move our bodies. Kids yoga is something fun we try and do during this time, as well.

Friday Folders come home each Friday. please check and clean out your child’s Friday Folder each week.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to complete the form below.

Lunch and specials schedule coming soon!

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