Fun in the Fours!

The Binkley 4-year-old classes are a place where learning, creativity and exploration are encouraged. Our curriculum 
gently prepares our students with the academic and social skills necessary for a successful start to Kindergarten.


We believe that every child is different, learning should be fun and that children learn best through play. In addition to large and small group activities, there are many opportunities for the children to “learn through play” in our housekeeping centers, sensory tables, building centers, art exploration centers etc.. Collaborative planning among the  4’s teachers and the use of thematic units are used to expose children to different topics and encourage the children’s natural curiosity in language rich environment. The fours classes also enrich their units with fun "specials", a weekly music class, a gym/movement class and a drama class.  It is our goal to encourage and foster a lifelong love for learning with all of our 4 year olds.
  
     
Jenny Jones - Lead teacher of the Superstars 
Jenny has been teaching the 4’s children at Binkley Preschool since 2006. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education and, before coming to Binkley Preschool, taught First Grade for several years before becoming a supplemental reading teacher for Kindergarten/First Grade students in the Durham Public Schools. She loves the natural curiosity, excitement for learning and energy of 4 year olds and enjoys the opportunity to help prepare her students with the skills necessary for a successful entry into Kindergarten. She feels fortunate to be a part of the supportive Binkley family and lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and 3 daughters.
Kelly Denno - Assistant teacher of the Superstars
I have been a teaching assistant in the 4’s class since 2008, but my association with Binkley goes back years ago when my oldest daughter went to preschool here. I have a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Science in Immunology from Central Michigan University and used this training in my position as a Research analyst in the Cell Biology Department at the University of North Carolina before switching to teaching. After leaving the University, I taught high school science for 4 years at The Woods Charter School during which time I completed my coursework and Praxis testing to receive my teacher’s certification in Secondary Education (9-12 grade) in the area of general science. I really enjoy working with the four year old age group and sharing my love of science as I try to develop their scientific curiosity. 


Tess Wesley - Lead teacher of the Honeybees 
Tess has been part of the Binkley family since 2003 when her oldest son joined the 3's class.  Mrs. Wesley began her career as an elementary school teacher in 1994, teaching first, second and third grades.  She joined the staff at Binkley preschool in 2009.  She loves working with young children and helping them to make new discoveries each day.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, exercising and watching her children play sports.
Kim Buckley - Assistant teacher of the Honeybees
I grew up in RI, the second oldest of six children (yup, been surrounded by kids my entire life!), went to school in San Francisco and graduated from the University of San Francisco where I met my husband of 22 years.  We have lived in Chapel Hill for 18 years and have four children, three more or less "out of the nest," and our wee one who comes to us from China and is in the 3rd grade.
This is my fourth year at Binkley and, next to being a stay-at-home mom, it is quite honestly the best job in the world!  I feel honored every day to be a part of this amazing community and your children's lives.  Thank you for sharing them with us, and me, every day....it is a great love in my life!