The Binkley 4-year-old classes are a place where learning, creativity and exploration are encouraged. Our curriculum gently prepares our students with the academic and social skills necessary for a successful start to Kindergarten.
We believe that every child is different, learning should be fun and that children learn best through play. In addition to large and small group activities, there are many opportunities for the children to “learn through play” in our housekeeping centers, sensory tables, building centers, art exploration centers etc.
Collaborative planning among the 4’s teachers and the use of thematic units are used to expose children to different topics and encourage the children’s natural curiosity in language rich environment.
The fours classes also enrich their units with fun “specials”, a weekly music class with Mrs. Alberda, a gym/movement class with Mrs. Leonard, a teacher taught drama class, and a Spanish class also taught by Mrs. Alberda!
It is our goal to encourage and foster a lifelong love for learning with all of our 4 year olds.
Jenny Jones has been teaching the 4’s children at Binkley Preschool since 2006. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education and, before coming to Binkley Preschool, taught First Grade for several years before becoming a supplemental reading teacher for Kindergarten/First Grade students in the Durham Public Schools. She loves the natural curiosity, excitement for learning and energy of 4 year olds and enjoys the opportunity to help prepare her students with the skills necessary for a successful entry into Kindergarten. She feels fortunate to be a part of the supportive Binkley family and lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and 3 daughters.
Marcy Derby entered the classroom in 1982 as a Kindergarten teacher with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She then continued to teach at the preschool level in the public schools. Marcy joined the Binkley family in 1993 as a parent and a board member while her daughters attended BPS. It was such a wonderful place to be that she joined the staff in 2003 as the 3’s assistant teacher. Mrs. Derby enjoys her days in the classroom learning from the children while enhancing their experience at BPS.
Kelly Denno been a teaching assistant in the 4’s class since 2008, but my association with Binkley goes back years ago when my oldest daughter went to preschool here. I have a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Science in Immunology from Central Michigan University and used this training in my position as a Research analyst in the Cell Biology Department at the University of North Carolina before switching to teaching. After leaving the University, I taught high school science for 4 years at The Woods Charter School during which time I completed my coursework and Praxis testing to receive my teacher’s certification in Secondary Education (9-12 grade) in the area of general science. I really enjoy working with the four year old age group and sharing my love of science as I try to develop their scientific curiosity.
Tess Wesley has been part of the Binkley family since 2003 when her oldest son joined the 3’s class. Mrs. Wesley began her career as an elementary school teacher in 1994, teaching first, second and third grades. She joined the staff at Binkley preschool in 2009. She loves working with young children and helping them to make new discoveries each day. In her spare time she enjoys reading, exercising and watching her children play sports.