Academics » Kindergarten - Fourth » Kindergarten


Essential foundations for life-long learning begins with a solid understanding of literacy and mathematics. Math Investigations and the research-based phonics program Fundations, are integrated into the exploratory arts, self-discovery, and social interaction. Outside the classroom, children learn responsible citizenship through service projects, such as spending time with the elderly at Mountain Care and donating food to those in need.  Our first quarter focuses on attributes and kindergartners learn to sort and compare a variety of things- from buttons to seasons to even each other! We then discuss culture and how we celebrate different customs during fall and winter months. In the 3rd nine weeks, our science focus is forces and motion, and we enjoy participating in several experiments that are included in our school-wide STEAM event. Finally, we study the WNC environment with a unit centered around our local freshwater habitats and their importance to our area.

About Mr. Ryan
After earning dual certification in Elementary and Special Education from Slippery Rock University (Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania) in 2009 and completing a short stint teaching in Mexico City, Ryan went on to teach in a variety of different educational settings, ranging from K-5 Emotional and Behavioral Intensive Intervention to 4th Grade general education to 8th Grade inclusion. He is thrilled to be joining the ArtSpace team for 2018-2019 school year. When not teaching, Ryan enjoys reading, traveling, making and enjoying art and music, and spending time with his wife, Allison, and their animals.
About Mr. Jake 
Jake was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Sarasota, Florida. In 2014, Jake moved to Asheville to attend Warren Wilson College. In 2018, he graduated with a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Printmaking and a minor in Early Childhood Education, after which he started working at Verner Center for Early Learning as a substitute and then Assistant Teacher. Jake is excited to start working as the Kindergarten Teaching Assistant for the 2020-2021 school year, especially because of his love for art and art education. He is looking forward to being part of the process of art-integration across the curriculum.
About Ms. Rachel

Rachel is originally from Western Massachusetts and has lived in West Asheville for almost nine years. She attended art school in Boston, where she studied Photography and Book Arts. She owns her own bookbinding studio that she shares with her partner Andy and their cat, Jabba. She completed her Masters Degree in Urban Education from UNC Charlotte. She is an avid reader and loves sharing diverse books with her students. Rachel shared, "I am so excited to join the ArtSpace team. I can't wait to make things and work with all of you."