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AN APPLE FOR THE TEACHER – Ocean City School District preschool: Karin Stanton

Where the social and emotional success begins

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Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2020 2:51 pm

OCEAN CITY – Karin Stanton, a special education preschool teacher in the Ocean City School District, helps to plan events to help students learn with their families. 

In addition to teaching, Stanton is a community and parent involvement specialist with the district.  In December, the preschool program held a community reading night for its preschool students and families at the Ocean City Free Public Library.  Local police officers and firefighters were invited, and each student received a book from the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library. 

In January, there is a family math night where parents can learn math-related games they can play at home with their children. 

According to Stanton, some of these events are planned around a subject students are being taught.  For a study on trees, an arborist came into the classroom to talk to the students.   

Other events are planned around needs that parents or the community wants addressed, such as nutrition. 

“It’s been a great, great, program to communicate and strengthen ties with families, the community, and it all starts with preschool,” Stanton said.  

“We’re reaching these students now at such an early age and setting them up for a high quality education which leads to their academic, social, emotional success, so I’m happy to be part of that,” she said. 

Stanton has taught in Ocean City for 31 years.  

She always wanted to be a teacher of students with challenging needs, and she majored in elementary education and special education at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. 

She taught at a residential school in Connecticut for 14 months before she decided to move back to Ocean City, where she grew up. 

“The community, the beach, the ocean just drew me back,” she said. 

In Stanton’s opinion, one of the biggest changes in special education in her career is the inclusion of special education students with the general education populations. 

“The students themselves, they don’t see the barriers, they just see another friend to play with, and that’s something that I and the other teachers strongly encourage, is relationships,” she said. 

Stanton also enjoys working with and learning from the general education teachers. 

Stanton has worked in several positions since starting in the district.  She enjoys working with preschool students because of the growth they make.  

“Getting them while they’re young and working with them to instill skills that are going to maintain them as students for the rest of their life.  This is where the academic and the social/emotional success really starts. So witnessing that and being able to watch them as kindergartners to say, look at them, looking at how much they’ve grown physically, but looking at their academic success and I know that happened and started in preschool, so I do look forward to following the students and … seeing how much overall they have grown and being part of that start, their school career, is super exciting,” she said. 

 

 

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