Mrs. Teresa Castaneda
Teresa Castaneda, "Ms. Teresa," is the teacher for the Preschool 3 program. She began this position in 2011, and formerly served at Messiah in the roles of Preschool 3 teacher aide and MDO teacher. Ms. Teresa feels that working with preschool children is her strength and God given calling. Her organizational skills and classroom routines give children a sense of security, and provide them with a loving atmosphere where they can flourish and learn. She makes the classroom environment fun, loving, and inviting to all students.

Ms. Teresa has a husband, three children, one grandchild, and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading at the library.

Preschool 3 Overview

The Preschool 3 class provides the introduction to a child's future school experiences. At Messiah Lutheran Preschool we make this experience fun! The children learn social skills such as sharing, following directions, and taking turns. They learn through monthly thematic units which include dramatic play, crafts, finger plays, books, and games.

An alphabet letter, color, shape, number, scripture, prayer, and the flag salute are part of daily circle time. Most importantly, children are taught to "Let their light shine," by participating in weekly chapel and worship time. Christian songs, prayers, scripture memorization, and learning to love one another are all part of our Religion curriculum.

Some highlights of the PS 3 year include participation in the annual school-wide Thanksgiving Program, Thanksgiving Feast, Preschool Christmas Program, Teddy Bear Slumber Party, and the End of the Year Program.

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