All of my children’s teachers have been Pacific University alumni.
My husband and I have been incredibly fortunate to be able to send our children to the Early Learning Community, a preschool through second-grade demonstration school on the Forest Grove Campus.
At the ELC, children are taught by highly qualified, master’s level teachers, who also serve as mentors for students in Pacific’s College of Education. It is a place where future teachers discover best practices and have the chance to observe and try out their own teaching skills.
At the ELC, my children have always been valued for who they are and what they bring to their learning community. This spring, my son is wrapping up his final year there (sniffle!), and I am absolutely confident he is moving on not only with the academic skills to succeed in future grades, but also with confidence, social skills and a true love of learning.
The ELC, celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer, is the best learning environment I can imagine for my children. It’s what I would wish for every child. I’m lucky to be able to send my kids there, but I also know that other children will benefit from the experience that our College of Education students have there as well.
When I think about how Pacific changes lives, one by one, I think — of course — of our undergraduate and graduate students. But I also think about the lives they will touch in turn: the clients they will serve, the patients they will care for, and the children they will teach.
My children may not be Pacific students (yet), but they are already among the thousands whose lives have been touched by this place. For that, I am eternally grateful.
Jenni M. Luckett