WPS adds second section of kindergarten, extends after care hours

Worcester Preparatory School recently announced the addition of a second section of kindergarten to the Lower School for this fall. The two classes will be led by the teaching team of Kelley Burton and Heather Dennis, along with kindergarten assistant Brittany Flurer.

The WPS Kindergarten program is known for its small classes (10:1 student/teacher ratio), which representatives said allows teachers to engage and nurture each child on a personal level to develop their full potential.

Transitioning from WPS second grade to the kindergarten classroom, Burton (WPS alumna of the Class of 2005) said she is looking forward to sharing her passion for teaching.

“I will continue to encourage my young, enthusiastic students to build upon their natural love of learning through exploration and hands-on experiences,” added Burton.

Joining Burton will be new faculty member, Heather Dennis, a former lower-school teacher in the Montgomery and Wicomico County, Md., school systems and program director at the Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore.

“I first fell in love with Worcester Preparatory School when our son enrolled as a pre-kindergartener two years ago, and now I get to fall in love with it all over again as a kindergarten teacher! I cannot wait to welcome children to my classroom, a student-centered space where I will cultivate a love of learning and discovery for them to flourish. They will enter as eager new students and leave with the foundation they need to be successful in their academic future,” she added.

A member of the WPS faculty the past four years, Brittany Flurer (WPS alumna of the Class of 2011) will continue her role as assistant to the kindergarten teachers.

For parents who need extra time for pickup at the end of the day, WPS offers an After Care Program for pre-kindergarten to Grade 6 students to remain at school until 6 p.m. The cost varies depending on two-, three- or five-day-per-week options. For after care and enrollment information, contact Director of Admissions Tara Becker at tbecker@worcesterprep.org or call (410) 641-3575.

Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 school, located in Berlin, Md. More than 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, visit www.worcesterprep.org or call (410) 641-3575.