Karen James, 1st grade grandparent

We are in our fifth year at Hartman Elementary School. I enrolled my granddaughter at the tender young age of 3 in the preschool program. She is an only child and had not been away from me or family members on a regular basis. I was concerned about her adjustment period. At the time, the preschool program and the extended hours provided by LINC influenced my decision to choose Hartman as I had just returned to school full time myself.

Within the first week I knew my granddaughter was in the right place. We were greeted with “Good morning” and a smile from the moment we entered the door. Dr. Kirksey, teachers, support staff, parents, even students, speak to you at Hartman. It’s amazing, no, it is family at Hartman!

Dr. Jessie Kirksey and the teachers at Hartman are the best. My granddaughter is in first grade. She is fortunate to have had the same teacher, Mrs. Fowler for both kindergarten and first grade. Mrs. Fowler donates her time after school to tutor her students. Not only does my granddaughter excel academically, reading almost 2 years above grade level, but she has participated in Cheerleading and Girl Scouts. She is currently enrolled in the GEMS self-esteem program for girls. Other opportunities include Boy Scouts and basketball  for students at Hartman.

The opportunity for parental involvement is endless due to Dr. Kirksey’s open door policy If you have an idea that will benefit children, sit down and talk with her and if possible – it will happen.

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