Degrees and Certifications:
BA - Elementary Education, PreK-6 (Augsburg) MA - Educational Technology (Concordia)
Stacy Shirley began teaching PreK at Dayton's Bluff Elementary in 2013. She has a Bachelors of Art in Education from Augsburg College (2000) and a Masters of Education in Educational Technology from Concordia (2018).
Stacy's favorite season is summer during which she likes to go camping and hiking with her family. During the winter she prefers to hibernate and read.
Ms. Stacy lives in Elko New Market, south of the cities. She lives with her husband, son, and a small dog in house that backs up to a wooded hill. The wildlife (deer, birds, owls, turkeys, and more) in her backyard provide lots of entertainment.
Stacy loves to watch our youngest learners grow academically, socially, physically, and emotionally throughout their PreK year. Student's excitement when they finally accomplish something is one of her favorite parts of teaching. Everyday is a new day and a new adventure with our students at Dayton's Bluff.
Practice writing your child’s name every day. Writing on a vertical surface helps your child build their pencil grip, works on arm strength and flexibility, and it also helps with visual attention and eye-hand coordination. If you don’t have a vertical surface, don’t worry - practice where ever you can with whatever you have. Use crayons, markers, pencils, pens, chalk on paper, sidewalks, white boards, chalk boards, magna doodles, and more. Help your child learn the letters in their name while they are writing; you say the letter and have them repeat.
Practice counting aloud to 30. Too hard? Start with counting to 5 and keep building up as your child is ready. When you should you count? Whenever you have a chance! Count while washing your hands, count while waiting for the bus, count how many steps going up, count how many steps going down, count how many houses, count how many cars.
When your child is ready count backwards from 10. Again start small, we count backwards from 5 a lot in class while waiting for everyone to settle down!
Need more help – check out this counting and number playlist on YouTube.
All Day PreK
7:55 Sign In/Ease In
8:10 Morning Meeting
9:00 Literacy Small Group
9:30 Active Learning
10:15 Math Small Groups
12:15 Rest Time
12:45 Independent Reading
12:55 Active Learning
1:30 Regroup to Revisit