Eagle’s Nest Preschool turns 12 years old
CRAIG — After lots of prayer, the little private Christian preschool began with a goal of becoming a place of love and learning; 12 years later, Eagle’s Nest Preschool is still going strong.
“This is my happy place. The children bring so much joy in your life,” said Eagle’s Nest Director Angie Roberts, who helped found the school at Calvary Baptist Church in Craig after working some 15 years as an early childhood educator for Moffat County School District.
“Pastor Rod Compton asked if I’d be interested in starting a preschool at the church. I told him ‘let me pray about it.’ Eight months to a year later, he asked, ‘Are you done praying about it?’”
Soon after, Roberts began the paperwork and necessary inspections to create a licensed private school from several rooms on the north side of Calvary Baptist Church.
“We started with not a dime to our name and had 48 children our first year,” Roberts recalled. Most years, they have a waiting list. The school served more than 70 children in 2017-18, graduating more than 50 students to kindergarten. The large number of graduates has left spaces available for the 2018-19 school year.
The school accepts potty-trained children age 3 to 5. Depending on the number of days — from two to five days per week — fees for the half-day programs range from $140 to $240 per month.
Roberts said tuition pays for everything the nonprofit school needs, except a speech therapist.
While fees could make the school too costly for some parents “with the kind hearts we have in the community, I have been able to ask for partial tuition sponsorship,” Roberts said.
The preschool’s first graduates are now in high school, and when they fly the nest, it’s a joy for Assistant Director Felicia Caddy, who is also one of the school’s longest-serving teachers.
“These kiddos have given me a sense of balance and grounding. I love that I work in such a small program that we are able to work with these kiddos and help bring out the love of the Lord and see that they are truly loved for the things that God gave them,” she said of her charges.
After 30 years of teaching in Moffat County’s public schools, Michelle Foulk decided to become a preschool teacher instead of retiring.
“This is a little school that’s filled with love, and the children come first,” she said. “This is the foundation. … I have seen children walk into a kindergarten room with no prior knowledge of educational concepts, and they are so lost, or children who have not had the social interaction. It is so difficult for the children and the teachers.”
At Eagle’s Nest, the team — Roberts, Caddy and Faulk, joined by teachers Jenae Showalter and Kassi Saeger and mentor Rosie Crosthwaite — provide a biblical foundation with an end goal of “sharing the love of Jesus with the kids,” Roberts said.
In a world where things are no longer simple, she added, it’s also “important to mentor the parents and (be sure) that those parents know they are loved. We are always trying to fill our parent’s buckets, too,” Roberts said. “That’s a very important thing, to fill other’s buckets.”
To learn more about the school or arrange a visit to Eagle’s Nest call Roberts at 970-824-2552.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.
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For nearly 40 years, Jonathan Herring has pursued his passion of education as a teacher, administrator, and principal in bigger cities such as Kansas City and Las Vegas.