Mrs. Nicole Papeck » Welcome to Preschool Room 135

Welcome to Preschool Room 135

Welcome to Locke Preschool! My name is Nicole Papeck and I am the general education teacher in room 135. I am excited to start this new school year and adventure in learning with our youngest students!
I grew up in this very neighborhood and attended Locke school from K-8th grade. I will be celebrating my 6th wedding anniversary this October to my husband, Ryan. We have a happy, little boy named Declan, who will be turning 5 this December. We also have a sweet 2 year old girl, named Josephine. Two other members of our household are our 2 dogs, Jake and Duncan. I enjoy baking, crafting and watching the Chicago Cubs, Blackhawks and Bears! Now that I have little ones of my own, I love to give them opportunities to explore and learn about the world around them. It is so exciting to see them develop right in front of my eyes! 
After learning about how amazing our brain is and how it develops, especially in young children, I decided to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. I addition to this degree, I also have a masters degree in curriculum and instruction and have an ESL endorsement. I have spent the majority of my teaching career teaching preschool. I taught 4-year-olds at a private school for 8 years before joining the Locke School team, where I have taught 2nd, 1st and Preschool the past 9 years. This will be my 4th year teaching preschool at Locke.
I teach along side my classroom aide, Mrs. Nineth Rojas. We teach behind the philosophy that children learn best through play. We work together to ensure that our students are given the opportunities to have play based experiences to develop all areas of their development. By the end of this school year, your child will grow in the following domains: social-emotional, physical, cognitive, language, and the academics (including literacy, math, science and social studies). We will make this year a success for your child and hope to create some memorable moments as they begin their educational journey!