mrs. jane jurkowski
After a teaching career that spanned 35 years in several communities across New York State, "Mrs. Jane" joined the Jack & Jill family in September 2010 to continue the long and rich educational heritage at the cooperative preschool. She has held teaching positions in public and parochial schools, as well as the university level, where she instructed graduate students. In addition, she served as a program coordinator and literacy coach for the Buffalo Public Schools. She has held leadership roles in curriculum development, staff development, and student achievement initiatives. She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, University of Buffalo Chapter. Experience in early childhood education, elementary education, literacy and special education helps Mrs. Jane in designing lessons that focus on pre-academic and social skills to prepare students for success in kindergarten. Dedicated to a hands-on approach that keeps children actively engaged in learning, Mrs. Jane offers a variety of opportunities to move, sing, dance, explore and participate in the preschool curriculum. A simple motto, "Fun for all, and all for fun" underlies the school's mission to provide children with a warm, nurturing learning environment. A child-centered philosophy governs classroom structure, where all children are encouraged to grow at their own pace, with plenty of love and support along their journey.