Early Learners / Pre-K

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Early Childhood Messy Night

Families of children enrolled in the Ray-Pec Early Childhood program, Panther Cub Academy, and Parents as Teachers are invited to Messy Night on Thursday, March 16. There are two sessions: 5 to 5:45 p.m. and 6 to 6:45 p.m. in the Raymore Elementary School gym. Flyer

Mary Shatford named Early Learning Director

Mary Shatford will be the new Director of the Shull Early Learning Center, effective July 1, 2017. This new position will include responsibility for Early Childhood classes, Early Childhood Special Education, and Parents as Teachers. These programs will move to the current Shull Elementary School, which will open as Shull Early Learning Center in fall 2017.

Known both for her love of working with children and improving the quality of education for young children, Shatford has worked for the District since 1998.

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At Ray-Pec, she taught first grade for four years and kindergarten for five years. She was an Instructional Coach for three years serving Timber Creek and Stonegate elementary schools. She was a Literacy Coach for two years serving three elementary schools. Since 2012, she has worked as a Curriculum Specialist supporting curriculum development and mentoring new teachers. Shatford earned her Education Specialist degree in Administration from William Woods University, Fulton. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from William Woods.

Shatford was the Ray-Pec Teacher of the Year in 2007. A Ray-Pec High School graduate, Shatford and her husband have two daughters.

To provide our district's youngest students with positive early educational experiences to be ready for school success.

To create excitement for lifelong learning through an environment of education and play.

Collective Commitments:
  • We will unite as a team with families to provide developmentally appropriate activities and learning situations for our students.
  • We will value each child as a unique individual with diverse needs.
  • We will provide a caring and supportive environment.
  • We will provide an appropriate and innovative curriculum to help every child be successful.
  • We will model the behavior we aspire in our students to exhibit.

Early Childhood
The Early Childhood provides tuition-free* pre-kindergarten instruction two half-days a week for students the year before they enter kindergarten. For more information: Early Childhood

Early Childhood Special Education
Early Childhood Special Education meets the needs of young children with developmental delays.
Early Childhood Special Education

Panther Cub Academy
Panther Cub Academy is a full-day childcare center.
Panther Cub Academy

Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers offers home visits and related services for families beginning before birth.
Parents as Teachers