About Me

Teaching little learners is HARD (and sometimes messy).
Every week, you are thinking up new and engaging centers for every theme, creating visual supports, and finding activities to meet the needs of all your little learners. Plus you are talking with parents, taking care of kids when they are hurt, doing assessments, creating bulletin boards, maintaining portfolios, going to meetings, and more. You LOVE teaching! You want your students to love learning and you make learning fun.

Raise your hand if you have ever thought....
  • I don't have time to prep that amazing activity.
  • I don't have time to actually sit down and play with my students.
  • I want to create an engaging classroom environment for my students.
  • I wish I had time to plan ahead and be more prepared.
  • I wish I didn't have to spend my nights and weekends on school stuff.
  • I want more time with my family.
  • I want time for myself.
I'm here to help you unleash your teaching super powers! You're not in this alone.

I'm Jackie your go to girl for early childhood ideas and inspiration. My passion is to inspire you with play based activities, themed centers, and supports that nurture and challenge little learners. And to help you find ways to embed character (aka social skills) throughout your day. I want to do the work for you so you can stop missing your life.

My goal is for your to spend less time brainstorming, less time creating. And more time teaching, more time creating a difference in the lives of your students, and more time for your family. YES, have time with the ones you love!

In my TPT store, I have everything you need to create themed centers, build students character, teach social emotional skills, and set up your classroom.

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After over 11 years of teaching a multi age, full day preschool, I am here to share best practices, activities, and supports that excite and challenge students in an early childhood classroom. Children learn by doing, getting messy, investigating their questions, and problem solving with their friends. They learn by playing games, using their imaginations, expressing their emotions, creating, and exploring the world around them. If you want to know even more about me, keep on reading.

A little bit about my classroom…Most of my students are in my classroom for over eight hours a day. I love making my classroom a warm and inviting home for little learners to explore, create, and discover new things!  I want school to be a safe place where students feel loved, valued, and confident. The classroom is a child's third teacher.  The materials evolve and change as our studies/themes change. I am very intentional with the materials I put out and set up. It feel it is my job to nurture their excitement for learning by creating developmentally appropriate, engaging, and challenging lessons and activities so they become life long learners.

A little bit about my professional background…I am a proud graduate of Maryville University where I received a Master and Bachelors of Education in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I served on several committees to create our own school board approved early childhood curriculum using current research, best practices, state and national standards, common core standards, and our districts kindergarten curriculum. In my school, I served on the Character Education Leadership Team. I created and implemented several character education initiatives receiving Promising Practice awards. My school received State School of Character.

A little bit about me personally…I am a mom to two amazing little boys who are my everything! My husband and I have been together for over 9 years. I LOVE my family and I am very grateful for to have them in my life! My dream day is sleeping in, eating a late breakfast, and playing outside for the rest of the day.
My happy place is the Target Dollar Spot and the Dollar Tree (seriously I could spend hours there). I love cold unsweet ice tea, chocolate cupcakes, and going to the gym with my friends. 

This blog is a personal teaching blog, written by me, Jackie Kops. All advise I give is based on research and my own teaching experiences. If you have any questions, please email me pocketofpreschool@gmail.com.


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  1. Hello! I have to say I agree that Preschool is the best place to be! I am an ECSE and work in an inclusive preschool program. I look forward to sharing resources!

    Engage and Play in PreK

  2. Miss Jackie I love your classroom and all that you do. I love your organization of your classroom and how it is set up. I really love your behavior board and your me collage. keep up the good work.marilyn kee4@gmail.com


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