Hello! My name is JoAnn Patton and in November 2011 my husband and I purchased Kiddie Kollege. Prior to that, I had taught kindergarten for 32 years. Nine of those years were in Christian education. In 2012, I retired from ECISD after 23 years of service with 21 of those years being at Ireland Elementary. During that time, I had the honor of being named ECISD “Elementary Teacher of the Year” and Ireland “Outstanding Teacher” for the 2006-2007 school year. I have always believed that learning should be fun and that children learn best when having fun. As the owner of Kiddie Kollege, I am committed to seeing that all children have an enjoyable learning experience that will build a solid foundation for their academic future.
Megan Wilhite is our school’s director and she also teaches the 3 and 4 year old class. Megan has worked in childcare since 2003 and has been at Kiddie Kollege for 7 years. She graduated from Permian High School and has taken child development classes at Odessa College. She complete the Texas Director’s Credential Course in December 2011 and continues to take workshops and courses to stay updated. Ms. Megan and her husband Tommy have one son, Jeremiah. Ms. Megan has a genuine love for working with young children and wants to provide a fun and enriching program for our students.
The staff at Kiddie Kollege has been selected because of their abilities as well as their sincere concern for the welfare of young children. The teacher/student ratio exceeds the state minimum requirements. All staff are CPR and first aide certified. Kiddie Kollege teachers and aides meet or exceed the annual training hours required by the state of Texas.
The Kiddie Kollege curriculum is a collection of a wide variety of activities from numerous early childhood and kindergarten resources. The curriculum is designed to meet all learning styles so that all children can be successful. All activities are developmentally appropriate and cover academic areas such as language development, phonemic awareness, reading readiness, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Technology is an integral part of our curriculum. The kindergarten and four year old classrooms all have laptop computers and projectors in the classrooms. Morning meeting and reading lessons are presented through PowerPoint presentations. The school also has two document cameras and a SMARTBoard. These activities and devices are used to incorporate lots of music, movement and hand-on activities into the curriculum so that the child is actively engaged in their learning.
Kiddie Kollege is open year round Monday thru Friday from 6:30 A.M to 6:00 P.M. The preschool follows the ECISD school calendar and offers day care on school holidays. Our Summer Blast program includes children ages 3 thru 1st grade.