Star Class (Age 3 by September)

Welcome to the Star Class!   My goal is to create a fun and loving environment for all the children and families that come into our class. The value of play is important to me. Through play, children develop cognitive, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing. We will create a safe environment for children to be able to take risks that can encourage their growth and all aspects of their development. As children play, interact, problem solve, create, and form community, they learn. Our room will be a fun, creative, safe, and positive learning environment, full of play and opportunity for children to discover what they love about life and enjoy about learning. It is my job to help your child transition toward more independence and self-care, from side-by-side play to playing one-on-one or in small groups, to be confident when being away from their caregiver for a few hours, and feel secure to be themselves as they mature and investigate their world.

Our monthly snack schedule is available for download on our About page. Snack is the same for all classes.

Check out our school calendar for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.


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Jaylene Wecks, Lead Teacher

I am honored to have the opportunity to teach your wonderful children this year.I have been teaching at Little Acorn since 2009  and I am thrilled to be in the Star Class. I hold a BA in Writing and Literature and a minor in Communications from George Fox University. I have experience working with children of all preschool ages and regularly attend early childhood continuing education classes. I have taken ECE classes at Clark College, and hold over 30 STARs education credits. I also have over five years experience leading in a children’s ministry program.

I am married to my best friend Erik. We have been married for twenty-one years and have three wonderful daughters: Lily, Nora, and Anni. Lily, a junior, and Nora, a freshman, both attend VSAA across the street from Little Acorn. You’ll probably meet them as they leave in the mornings from the Butterfly classroom to head to school when we open the door. Anni, a fourth grader, attends Truman Elementary. As a family, we love to go camping, play games, garden, and I’m an avid crochet nut. We are also a family of Mythbuster and space/science geeks!

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Shari Powell, Assistant Teacher

Hello! This is my first year assistant teaching at Little Acorn and I couldn’t be more excited! My family has been attending Little Acorn since 2013 and we just fell in love with the atmosphere and the staff! It truly takes a village to raise a child!

I graduated from WSUV with my Bachelors in Human Development in 2010. During that time I also worked at a daycare/preschool as a program supervisor/toddler teacher for 7 years before I started my family and became a stay at home mom. 

My husband and I have been together for 13 years. We have two little boys and a baby on the way. Dylan is 6 and will be a first grader at Burnt Bridge Creek Elementary and Corbin is 4 and will be in the Busy Bee class here at Little Acorn. We have two dogs, Lexie and Piper, and a cat named Thor.  We enjoy spending time outside as a family. I love going to the beach and my boys love riding their dirt bikes and swimming. 

I am very thankful for this opportunity to watch your child grow and am looking forward to meeting you all!