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Pre-K program hires new teacher

Snow Moore

There’s a new teacher in town!

This is more than another teacher; this is a new position for the Placitas Pre-Kindergarten Program, which is sponsored by many groups, including the newly formed Placitas Education Fund.

Our new teacher, Katharine Langdon, has moved here from Mill Valley, California. Known as Kit, she will be teaching children ages three and four plus some five-year-olds. Kit has thirty years of experience in preschools from Rhode Island to California and has a strong background in early-childhood education with a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University’s highly acclaimed Early Childhood Development Department. She also has a master’s degree and is trained as a family therapist. She brings her skills working with parents and young children to our new school.

Kit is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She will be implementing the Creative Learning curriculum with a strong literacy program. Children will be learning problem solving and critical thinking. They will need to draw, write, pound clay, run, jump, and play as acceptable ways to express feelings. Kit teaches that self-control deepens self-acceptance and self-esteem comes from courage.

Kit is an pastel portrait artist; she plays the guitar; and and she writes music as well. She is a mother of three grown children and has two grandchildren. She is also a masseuse. She enjoys gardening and cats, and will be delighted to meet new people in the village. There are still a few slots left in the preschool, and interested parents and children are invited to come by and see the program from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the San Antonio Mission Community Center in Placitas.

The Placitas Education Fund is a project of the New Mexico Community Foundation, which is sponsored by the Optimist Club de Sandoval and housed by the San Antonio Mission.

 

BPS mentor program needs volunteers for younger children, too

The Wise Men and Women Mentorship Program was created in 1992 by Ken Carson Sr., a retired postal worker living in Albuquerque, who is committed to volunteering with organizations that promote human dignity and the empowerment of children.

Schools within the district are inviting interested community members to get to know a young person, become a friend, and take part in an age-old custom of humanity: serving as a mentor.

The need for mentors is considerable; increasingly hard times make it so. If you are thinking of a way to help in your community, please consider mentoring a young person. It costs just a little bit of your time and the rewards are immeasurable.

Mentors are asked to volunteer thirty to forty-five minutes a week with a child at their choice of the following schools: Roosevelt, Carroll, Placitas Elementary, or Bernalillo Middle School. At least two roundtable meetings where mentors can meet, share, and learn from one another will take place during the school year. A celebration for mentors and mentored children (mentees) typically takes place at the end of the school year.

A two-hour training course is mandatory for all volunteers, along with background checks and interviews. Please call Carmen Perez at 771-0803 if you are interested in the program or in mentoring.

 

Mentors sought for high-school program

Bernalillo High School is offering a new program to some of its students this fall. This will be a community mentorship program for students at risk of dropping out of high school.

The program is modeled after an award-winning program involving Intel and Cibola High School. In the two years that program has run, all of the students who stayed with the program graduated from high school. Mentors encourage, listen to, and support their students. You can cover career goals, review high school classes, and help the student be successful in school.

If you'd like to be a mentor or find out more about the program, attend the mentor training on October 2 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Placitas Main Fire Station on Highway 165.

The kickoff meeting with students is tentatively set for Thursday, October 10, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the BHS library/media center. Regular mentor meetins start afterwards, initially Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and end in May. For further information, please contact Anna Meck at 867-7988 or anna.l.meck@intel.com, or Freida Trujillo at 867-2388 or ftrujillo@bps.k12.nm.us.

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