Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 16, 2014

Kokomo Area Career Center

Kokomo Tribune

---- — This is part of a regular series featuring a student and an employer involved in the Kokomo Area Career Center’s School-to-Work program. Any employer or student interested in the School-to-Work program should call James Stradling, KACC director, at 765-455-8021.

Student’s name: Jordan Dye

Parents: Janet and Jeffery Dye

High school: Victory Christian Academy senior

Career plans: Preschool teacher

KACC instructor: Cathy Griffin, early childhood education

Internship placement: Head Start at Darrough Chapel Early Learning Center, 900 S. Goyer Road.

Supervisor: Ashley Scott, Head Start preschool teacher

Jordan Dye’s thoughts:

“I became interested in teaching preschoolers after I helped take care of the children at church and babysitting for my nieces. My first day at Head Start was a busy one because Head Start serves so many more preschoolers than we serve at the Kokomo Area Career Center, many more children with many different personalities. At Head Start, I help out wherever I am needed, but I am mainly involved in fine motor or large motor instruction. I enjoy interacting with the children, especially during the large motor class. All the teachers at Head Start have been very kind and helpful to me. I feel that I have grown so much since my first year in early childhood education at the Kokomo Area Career Center. I know I am more confident this year with the children. In the future, I hope to work at a small preschool.”

Ashley Scott’s comments:

“Head Start at the Darrough Chapel Early Learning Center is a federally-funded preschool program that serves Howard, Miami and Tipton counties. The Head Start children must meet income eligibility requirements. I believe the training at the Kokomo Area Career Center is helpful because it gives high school students a chance to write, and try, a variety of lessons, while they learn if this career might be a good fit for them. At Head Start, Jordan is seeing the bigger picture of what a career as a preschool teacher entails. The Kokomo Area Career Center serves much smaller groups of children with more students working as teachers in that setting. Jordan has learned how to take the initiative when helping preschool students, and she also is good at identifying the different personalities in the Head Start rooms. This experience at Head Start should give Jordan the basic experience if she continues with her plans to be a preschool teacher.”