Mrs. Reilly's Pre-K Class

Andrea Reilly

I had the privilege of creating an early childhood program at Saint Edward the Confessor in September of 2000. This year will be my 19th  as a prekindergarten teacher at my home parish.  

I began my teaching career in Woodside, N.Y. I have taught kindergarten, third grade and am passionate about early childhood education. 
I am a product of Catholic education and am committed to providing the foundation for our youngest learners .

I am a NYS certified teacher with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education. I am a Syosset resident, wife, mom and animal lover. I love St. Edward and my school family.

The Star Polisher
by Leah Becks

I have a great job in the universe of occupations. What do I do? I'm a "star polisher."

  It's a very important job. If you want to know how important, 
just go out at night and look at the stars twinkling and sparkling.

You see, I'm a teacher. 
The stars are the children in my class. 
My job is to take them in - in whatever shape they come - 
and shine and buff them and then send them out to take their places 
as bright little twinkling beacons in the sky.

They come into my room in all shapes and sizes. 
Sometimes they're bent, tarnished, dirty, crinkly and broken. 
Some stars are cuddly, soft and sweet. 
Some stars are prickly and thorny.

As I buff, polish, train and teach my little stars, 
I tell them that the world cannot do without them. 
I tell them they can do anything they set their minds to do. 
I tell them they can be the brightest, shiniest stars in the sky 
and the world will be a better place because of them.

Each night as I look at the sky, I'm reminded of my 
very important job and awesome responsibility. 
I go and get my soft buffing cloth 
and my bottle of polish in preparation for tomorrow 
and for my class of little stars.