• Mary Jo Dyre

The Best Teachers Find Us


Louise Smith, Kindergarten Teacher Extraordinaire at The Learning Center Charter School, shares her story. "I have always wanted to be a teacher. I was the girl on the block that was always playing teacher with my friends and dolls. I thought I wanted to be a first grade teacher until I had the opportunity to work with some outstanding teachers on the preschool level. I fell in love with Early Childhood Education and how developmental milestones influence the social, emotional and academic progress of a young child.

I began my professional career in a large preschool setting working with young toddlers, then teaching kindergarten, then on to becoming the center director of one of the preschool centers. Eventually, my career led me to a kindergarten position with one of the largest public school districts in South Florida. Over my 29 year tenure I taught Kindergarten, looped between kindergarten/first grade, co-taught a multi-age K/1 class, served as a reading specialist, and even taught 2nd grade. My love, however, is kindergarten.

Born and raised in South Florida, I moved, with my two sons, to North Georgia in June 2020. I was extremely blessed to discover The Learning Center in Murphy, North Carolina, and even more blessed that there was an opening at the right time for the grade level I love. The Learning Center's philosophy allows me to utilize my vast experience and knowledge to develop and implement a developmentally, highly interactive classroom."

Our school is indeed fortunate that Mr. Louisa's life path found The Learning Center. When you have the privilege of seeing her in action in the classroom, there is no question you are in presence of a master teacher. In fact, I found myself wanting to stay for the day as these young learners engaged in learning.

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