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Mrs. Joann Potter – Kindergarten


Mrs. Potter has been teaching at MCES for 28 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has done graduate work at both Assumption College and Worcester State University.

“I enjoy getting to know the students and families. I love the fact that I can teach using a variety of methods to reach all students,” she says. “The faculty and staff are very supportive of one another and go out of their way to help you. I also love the fact that we are allowed to teach and stress values and religion.”

She knows what the MCES experience is for parents too, as all three of her children attended MCES.

And what’s her typical day like?

“A typical day in Kindergarten begins with prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance. Once we are in the classroom, we have opening exercises (attendance, lunch count, circle time which is calendar, weather, vocabulary word of the day, and any important news to share.) We then transition into academics. We begin with Reading for 45 minutes to an hour- with many breaks and activities of course. We have a snack break and story time followed by Mathematics.

At 11:00 we go outside for recess (weather permitting) until 11:25. We return to the classroom to finish any leftover work from the morning. At noon we have lunch followed by rest time in our classrooms. After rest time, we have Religion and “Center time”. During this time the students work in small groups at Math, Reading, Writing, Science, Art, Housekeeping, Blocks etc. We finish the day at 2:40 with prayer and dismissal.”

She says people might not know MCES draws children from many different towns who are seeking a well-rounded education that stresses religion and values. “We use a variety of teaching methods so that students can learn in a method that is suitable to their style of learning. “

Mrs. Potter says MCES has a diverse student population, and that’s a good thing. The students and families learn from each other and build long lasting friendships. Students are encouraged to work on service projects and reach out to the community and to those in need.

One of her favorite moments?

“I guess I would have to say that after speaking with a parent whose child hated school the previous year school and battled with him every day to go into school she felt she had to meet with me before he started school,” she says. “I met with her and assured her that we would work together. I grew to love this little boy and when he sounded out his first word looked at me and said, “Did I just read that?” the look on his face was priceless. He amazed himself as well as his mom who so thrilled. She sent me a letter at the end of the year to thank me for changing his life as well as hers. It was then that I realized why I had stayed at MCES all these years.”