At Lake Mary Life, we don’t often begin our Focus stories with a personal perspective, but this issue’s Focus on Page Private School in Sanford was particularly pertinent to me.
As an expectant mother, I’m beginning to experience the terrifying process of finding the perfect childcare and education program for my little-one-to-be. There are many items on my laundry list of requirements, but I especially want my child to always feel like she’s with family.
That is exactly the feeling and atmosphere at Page Private School in Sanford. Whether children are splashing around in the pool or reading quietly in the library, they seem relaxed, comfortable, and at home.
“What makes us unique is how family-oriented we are,” says Kathy Teseniar, director of the Page Private School Sanford campus. “We offer a more personal approach to the children and their families.”
The school serves children from age two all the way through sixth grade, so kids have the opportunity to spend their entire childhood with the Page family. Kathy has found that many parents who bring their children to Page for infant childcare end up staying in the program until their little ones complete sixth grade. This is undoubtedly because Page brings parents into the family as well. The school hosts many events, like spaghetti dinners, that involve the whole family. Though she’s an administrator, Kathy also works with parents personally if their child is struggling.
“If a child is having difficulties with schoolwork, I’ll reach out to the parents to see what I can do to help,” says Kathy. “Sometimes I’ll tutor the student personally if extra help is needed and the parents are struggling to find the time to do it themselves.”
Kathy’s actions clearly show how much room in her heart she reserves for the families at Page.
“The feedback I hear most often is simply that we care,” says Kathy without hesitation. “That really makes me feel good about what we do.”
Like so many educators, Kathy entered the field because she wanted to make a difference, and she lights up when she talks about her job and the students.
“I honestly love to come to work every day,” says Kathy. “I love seeing the kids here because they’re my family. It’s like being at home.”
Under Kathy’s leadership, parents can rest assured that, at Page Private School, their children will feel at home as well.
– Rebekah Riley
Photo: Kathy Teseniar, director of Page Private School in Sanford, with members of her Page family
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