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     Welcome to the Pre-K Program. My name is Ginny Smith. I will be your child’s teacher this year. You may be hearing your child referring to me as Ms. Ginny.  I have more than 25 years teaching experience with young children.  I have been with the district for 13 years.  I received my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with an approval in Special Education from Southern Illinois University and my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I also have my ELL endorsement (English Language Learners). I am very excited to be a member of the  MKM ELC Family.  I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your children.

    My classroom aides are Mr. Jason Garcia and Mrs. Kim Cryder. The children will be calling them Mr. Jason and Miss Kim. Jason is currently taking classes to become a teacher. He has been in the district for 5 years. Kim has two sons that are in high school, a freshman and a senior.  She has been in the district for 8 years.  I am very fortunate to have their expertise and assistance. We will work along with you, as a team, to provide the best possible learning environment for your child.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have during this school year. The easiest way to contact me is by e-mail ( I check my e-mail several times a day and try to reply the same day. The phone in my classroom doesn’t ring while the children are present. You can leave a message on my phone and I will reply when students are not present. (847-838-8009). If you have an urgent matter it would be most efficient to contact the main office (847-838-8901) and they can put you through to my classroom line if needed.  You can access the students' weekly schedule with this link.

    Ginny Smith 847-838-8009