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History of the Nursery School
(from the 1991-92 Report to the North Central Association)
The Shepherd College Nursery School was established in the mid-1950s for children aged 3 - 5 years old. It has an annual enrollment of 32 children in two half-day sessions. The nursery school is housed in a large room in Stutzman-Slonaker Hall, a Shepherd College building with classrooms and faculty offices.
The model nursery school has an adjacent observation room large enough to accommodate 25 adult observers and an outdoor play area. In addition to serving community needs, the school is an integral element of the teacher education specializations of Consumer and Homemaking Education and Pre-Kindergarten-to-Kindergarten Education. All students working for licensure in either of these areas must complete a supervised experience in the nursery school. These and other students who enroll in the course, Child Development, must assist in the nursery school. (Outside of education, the Social Work program requires this course.) Students, staff, faculty, and administrators throughout the College volunteer in the school.
Mrs. Susan Lovell is the director of the nursery school. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Frostburg State University. She previously taught kindergarten, owned and operated a private preschool and a family child care businss.