About Marshall First Step

Marshall First Step Academy is a private early childhood education program designed for children ages three to five years. To enroll children must be three years of age and must be potty trained. There will be a maximum of sixteen students, with two teachers in each class.

Our Curriculum

At Marshall First Step Academy we strive to provide our students with an environment in which they can grow and develop as we prepare them for their later school experiences. Our curriculum addresses important readiness, early writing, literacy, and math skills. Children learn actively as they play, color, draw, count, build, and sing.

At Marshall First Step Academy your child will:

  • Develop social-emotional skills to support learning
  • Build physical coordination, strength, and crayon grip
  • Learn to recognize letters and numbers
  • Learn to write letters and numbers
  • Learn to ask and answer questions
  • Learn to sort objects by size, color, or other attributes
  • Learn to count, sort, and create patterns
  • And so much more!
Miss Cassie helping a student

Our Staff

Director/Lead Pre-K Teacher

Miss Cassie has always enjoyed working with young children. She decided in Kindergarten that she wanted to be a teacher. Marshall First Step Academy is her dream come true. Miss Cassie holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a master's degree in Early Childhood Education. She is certified in emergency first-aid and CPR. She worked in the public school system as a Title I teacher for four years. In Title I, Miss Cassie worked with students in Kindergarten, first, and second grades. Her experiences allowed her to see first-hand what is expected of students when they reach Kindergarten. Miss Cassie loves each of her students and is devoted to providing them with a quality education, giving them the tools and skills necessary to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond.

Assistant Director/Lead Preschool Teacher

Ms. Lizzy attributes her interest in teaching to her own experience with homeschooling as a child and is extremely devoted to helping her students reach their fullest potential. Ms. Lizzy has her bachelor's degree in psychology and will soon have her associate's degree in early childhood education. She is certified in emergency first aid and CPR. She worked as the Assistant Teacher in the Pre-K classroom at Marshall First Step for four years. Before that she worked for the Vigo County School Corporation helping students with special needs transition from preschool to kindergarten, as well as working with students with emotional and behavioral disorders. She is the mother of three boys and is an accomplished pianist. Ms. Lizzy is excited to provide her students with a fun and nurturing environment where they can learn and grow.

Miss Cassie helping a student
Miss Cassie helping a student

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