College students go to preschool

Professors guide students inside early childhood classrooms

Metropolitan Community College student Morgan Anderson is studying to be an early childhood teacher. Her program gives future teachers valued guidence in real preschool classrooms.


"I see you!"

Most college students don’t get this kind of hands-on teaching experience in their first two years.

Morgan Anderson loves working with 3- and 4-year-olds in the preschool classrooms at Kellom Elementary School. Today, she and her classmates are practicing how to get young children excited about learning.

Morgan knows the children and classroom teachers personally, and they know her. That’s special.

The hands-on approach, with on-site faculty guiding students, means Morgan and her classmates will be better prepared to teach children in need.

Her instructor, Kathy Halverson of Metropolitan Community College, agrees. “With this partnership, I see my students improving. They are more comfortable in their role as teachers, and they’re better prepared to teach in schools.”

Eventually, Morgan hopes to be a lead preschool teacher in Omaha Public Schools or Educare. We expect her to become a highly effective teacher – that's what this higher education partnership is all about!

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Metropolitan Community College instructor Kathy Halverson (center) is an advocate for better-trained early childhood teachers.


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