Dear Superintendent Dr. Philip A. Composto,
I am the parent of Eva Sgorbati and PAC President for District 30 Pre-K Center, P.S. 389. We met during the public hearing for the re-site of P.S. 255. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me, addressing my concerns, and for following up with Ms. Cerff. It is always nice to know that there are people who are willing to listen. I am writing this letter to express my gratitude to Ms. Cerff for her direction of the District 30 Pre-K Center, and in recognition of Eva's teacher Amy Kaur, and the teachers assistant Amy Ng-Yu.
District 30 Pre-K Center, P.S. 389, provided an important introduction and meaningful foundation for my daughters education. Ms. Kaur and Ms. Yu, under the direction of Ms. Cerff, created in their classroom an active learning environment grounded in mutual respect between teacher and student and in the initial early bond between student and learning. The care that they have shown to my daughter, and to all of their students, was a welcomed and profound experience not only for Eva, but for her mother and myself as well. Witnessing the participation of other parents during parent activities, I would offer that these thoughts are well shared.
From the day that we first brought Eva to school, we intuitively understood that she was in a truly special classroom. Through subsequent parent/teacher conferences with Ms. Kaur we realized that this environment was fostered through her initiative and planning, her wealth of knowledge about early childhood development and its real-world implementation, and through a heartfelt kindness and honest concern for her students. These qualities are shared with, and well complimented by, Ms. Yu. Ms. Yu often says that they "treat their students like they do their own children." I hope that their children are so lucky. Along with other teachers and staff at the school, I do not hink that we could have asked for a better team with whom to begin this stage in our daughter's life. Or better said by Eva, who often tells me, " I love my teachers."
As parents, we also understand that this is not a given. Considering the vast number of students and teachers within the Department of Education, to have this experience, at this particular school, with these particular teachers, it seems- from a parents point of view- a model to be understood and emulated. While I do understand that the curriculum is in many ways set by the Department of Education, there seems something special that Ms. Cerff has created at our District 30 Pre- K Center. Being a relitively new initiative, I would hope that the Pre-K for All program is always striving to look for ways to better serve the needs of the children. I would also hope that this process begins first with teachers, and there is no better place to start than with Ms. Kaur and Ms. Yu.
Thank you for providing the support for such a wonderful school, its administrators and staff, its teachers, and students.