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Current Kindergarten Teachers
Welcome to kindergarten! Below you will find the names of our teachers for the school year:
Mrs. Judy Born
Mrs. Sally Eberhardt
Mrs. Amanda Walker
Ms. Kayla Cantu 
Mrs. Danielle Phillips 
Ms. Ashley Gasparini 
Early Entrance to Kindergarten
Firelands Local Schools considers a child eligible for entrance into kindergarten if he/she attains the age of five on or before August 1st of the year he/she applies for entrance. By parental request and only in rare instances where a child is exhibiting exceptional signs of giftedness, a child may be tested for early admission to kindergarten if he/she will be five years of age between August 1st and January 1st. The child must display cognitive, social, and emotional standards established by the Firelands Board of Education. Parents requesting their child be considered for early entrance to kindergarten should contact Valerie Schuster, School Counselor, before April 15th of the calendar year their child would start school. The parent of the evaluated student will be notified in writing of the outcome of the evaluation process within 45 days of the submission of the request. 
Ms. Valerie Schuster, School Counselor can be reached at:

(440) 965-5381 ext 2503 or by email @ [email protected]


KRA Appointment Sign Up
Each kindergarten student, whether attending school online or in person, is asked to go to Firelands Elementary for a one hour appointment before the first full day of school to complete the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.  This Ohio Department of Education assessment tool measures your child’s knowledge and abilities in six areas:  social skills, language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, physical well-being, and motor development.   Your child will also have the opportunity to get to know his/her teacher and become acquainted with the classroom environment. 
***By August 25th, parents of kindergarten students are asked to please go to https://tinyurl.com/y67kb6s2 to sign their child up for this one-hour appointment on either Tuesday, September 1, Wednesday, September 2, or Thursday, September 3.  
If unable to sign up for this appointment electronically, please email Valerie Schuster by August 25th at [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 440.965.5381 x2503.
When the adult and child arrive for the KRA appointment, please park on the NORTH side of the school in one of the parking spots designated with the child’s teacher’s last name.   Please walk the child up to the side door (both wearing masks, please), maintaining 6 feet of distance from those also arriving.  Just like at Kindergarten Screening, there will be two name tags and the adult’s phone number will be written on the child’s nametag, along with the color and make/model of the car.  When the child is finished, his/her teacher will walk the student out to the car to meet the parent and answer any questions.  While this will be a great opportunity for parents to meet the child’s teacher in person, another adult may bring the child instead.  Parents will also have an opportunity to meet the teacher over Zoom on September 3 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM and September 4 from 8:30 – 9:30 AM.  Links to each teacher’s individual Zoom meeting will be emailed to parents a couple of days prior to those meetings.  
All kindergarten students will attend their first full day of school on Friday, September 11th.  
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us any time!
Mrs. Schuster, School Counselor          Mrs. Eberhardt, Kindergarten Teacher       Ms. Gasparini, Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Born, Kindergarten Teacher         Mrs. Phillips, Kindergarten Teacher          Mrs. Walker, Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Cantu, Kindergarten Teacher       

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