Welcome to the Kindergarten Class Page!

About your kindergarten teachers: 

Alison Urs, Lead Teacher

Mrs. Urs

Alison Urs has been the kindergarten lead teacher at Redwood since 2015. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Bath College of Higher Education, a master’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky, and a literacy endorsement from the University of the Cumberlands. Alison has 16 years of teaching experience. She has previously taught first grade at the Chinese International School in Hong Kong, kindergarten and first grade with Fayette County Schools, and kindergarten at the Fayette Cooperating Nursery School and Kindergarten. In Mrs. Urs words: “I believe in providing young children with a positive first experience in school. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with your children to being able to provide experiences that will help them develop academically, socially and emotionally.”

Jill Shearer, Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Shearer

Jill Shearer has been Alison Urs’ assistant teacher since her children were in Mrs. Urs’ class at Fayette Coop Preschool. She and Mrs. Urs have worked together for many years as a teaching team and she joined us two years ago to work with her again. Before assistant teaching, Jill was a staff artist for the Herald Leader and then moved on to be a small business owner, opening a record shop, while continuing freelance graphic design work. Jill makes all the children in her class feel welcome and nurtured. In Mrs. Shearer’s words: “The children’s energy and inquisitiveness inspires me to teach them and guide them as they grow and take on new challenges. This is part of what makes every day at Redwood a great day for me.”

Sasha Holt, Assistant Teacher (Fridays only)

Mrs. Holt

Sasha Holt was a teacher for eleven years before staying home to raise her two young children. She holds a masters degree in education and taught preschool-­‐12th grade, emphasizing in language arts, drama and humanities. Mrs. Holt has an eye for the creative process, both in creating and evaluating. She has directed over 30 theatrical plays and musicals with students in pre-­‐K through 12th grades, including Beauty & the Beast, Les Miserables, Into the Woods, and Suessical. In Mrs. Holt’s words: “I’m excited to share my love and knowledge of language arts and the performing arts with students at Redwood, while helping these young learners achieve success in all subject areas, express their individuality, and experience working together to create and explore.”