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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]


We are so excited to meet your kindergartener and welcome them to our Firelands family!

 Kindergarten screening is Monday, August 10.  To check your child’s time slot, please click here.

 Kindergarten screening is a requirement for students who will be attending school in person and those who have opted for online learning. 

 When you (or the adult who is taking your child) arrive for kindergarten screening at Firelands Elementary (10779 Vermilion Road, Oberlin), please park and walk your child to the library doors on the southwest side of the building.  We are not using the main entrance for screening. 

 We have made detailed plans to help keep everyone safe while providing a comfortable, welcoming environment for your child.  Please carefully read the following procedures:

 -          Upon arrival, one adult should walk the child up the sidewalk to the door.  The adult, kindergartener, and any siblings who need accompany them must be wearing a face covering.

 -          Please follow signage and maintain 6 feet of distance from those in line ahead of you.

 -          When it is your turn, you and your child will be greeted and screening procedures will be explained.

 -          The adult will be given 2 nametags.  The adult will write his/her own phone number on the child’s name tag.  The 2nd nametag will be for the adult to wear and will be matched to the child’s at the end of screening.

 -          The child will be asked to wash his/her hands with sanitizer provided.

 -          The adult and child will say goodbye at the door. The child will be escorted into the building for screening.  The adult will be asked to wait in the car until the child is finished. Adults may also wait outside in our grassy area with a mask on if near other adults who are waiting. 

 -          Screening takes approximately 45 minutes.

 -          Adults will be texted on the phone number provided when the child is finished.  The adult will then follow signage to the same southwest door, but approaching from the opposite direction of the sidewalk.  The pick-up area will be clearly marked.  Name tags will be matched for security and the child/adult will reunite and be able to leave.

 ***Approximately one week after kindergarten screening, parents/guardians will be notified who their child’s kindergarten teacher is.  Parents/guardians will then be asked to sign up for a one hour appointment for their child for the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.  This is a different screening tool required by the Ohio Department of Education that is needs to be completed at a separate time.  The KRA appointments will all take place on either September 1, 2, or 3.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for your child to meet his/her teacher, see the classroom, and become acquainted with classroom and school procedures individually without classmates there.  These KRA appointments are also required to be completed in person for students who have opted for online learning.

 The first full day of school for kindergarten (with bus transportation available for those who signed up for it) will be Friday, September 11

 Answers to frequently asked questions may be found on our website.

 If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!  We look forward to seeing your child on Monday, August 10!


Valerie Schuster

School Counselor

[email protected]

440.965.5381 x2503

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