Melissa Zeimet & Kathy Knox – Preschool

Welcome to Guardian Angel Preschool!

Welcome to our classroom!

Mrs. Zeimet, Mrs. Knox and Miss T.
Mrs. Zeimet and Mrs. Knox, along with their assistant teacher, Miss Turnquist (Miss T.) will be working together in Preschool! In Preschool we are busy learning, adjusting to school routines, and making new friends!

Here is our daily routine:

  • Arrival Routine (hand in folder, wash hands, answer question of the day, attedance chart, write name in sign-in folder, play with table toys)
  • Large Group Lesson: Language/Literature/Letter of the Week
  • Table Work
  • Independent Book Time on the Rug
  • Music & Movement or Outdoor Play
  • Large Group: Job Chart & Phonemic Awareness
  • Bathroom, Wash Hands & Snack
  • Large Group Lesson: Math/Social Studies/Science/Second Step
  • Center Time
  • Large Group: Phonemic Awareness & Closing
  • Dismissal Routine

Center Time is a favorite and important part of the day. During Center Time, students get a chance to interact socially with one another while they are learning through their play and exploration of the materials provided in the classroom. Each day, the students choose a center to go to and are rotated to a different center before Center Time is over. We have several centers available and we switch many of the materials in these centers weekly. The centers provided include: Blocks, Pretend Play, Writing, Books, Art, Sensory Table, Games, Puzzles, Science and the LegoTable.

Daily Large Group Lessons include plans from the Little Treasures Curriculum, Everyday Mathematics, and the Second Step Curriculum. The Little Treasures Curriculum includes instruction on identification of each alphabet letter and letter sounds. Through Little Treasures we also teach a variety of themes such as: friends, transportation, farm animals, zoo animals and many more! Everyday Mathematics is the curriculum used to teach preschool math concepts such as sizes, patterns, counting, numeral recognition, number concepts and more. Second Step teaches children about appropriate classroom behavior, how to name and manage feelings and how to get along with others. ‘Impulsive Puppy’ is a puppet that helps teach Second Step lessons.

A favorite time of the day is Snack Time! This year parents will be providing snacks on a rotating basis. At the beginning of each month a Snack Calendar will be sent home. The day before it is your turn to provide the snack, your child will bring home the Snack Bucket for you to bring back to school the next day. Please follow the guidelines for providing snack that were provided at the begining of the year. The students really look forward to being the snack helper!

Outdoor Play is enjoyed by all the students and we are fortunate to have a great fenced in area to play. A new play set was installed before the 2011-2012 school year started. Both the preschool students and ECLC (Early Childhood Learning Center) students use this area and they LOVE it!

Preschool is very busy place full of growing, learning, fun and friends!


Mrs. Melissa Zeimet is the lead co-teacher for the Monday through Friday morning preschool class. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1993. Since then, she has taught both Preschool and Kindergarten. Mrs. Zeimet also worked at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency as a Home Visiting Teacher for a Birth to Five program. Mrs. Zeimet joined the JFK staff in 2011 as the Preschool Resource Teacher. She and her husband have 2 children. Their daughter attends JFK and their son attends Assumption High School. Her family has belonged to Our Lady of Victory Parish for several years. They have enjoyed many great moments being a part of the OLV/JFK community!

Mrs. Kathy Knox is the lead co-teacher for the Monday through Friday afternoon. She has taught preschool for 8 years. The 2014-15 school year is her first year at JFK. She received a B.S. in Early Childhood education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and she received her Master’s degree in literacy education from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Mrs. Knox is married. She and her husband has a 3 1/2 year old little girl and reside in west Davenport.




Ms. Alicia Turnquist (Miss T.) is the teacher’s assistant for both classes. She received a Bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose University. She has been working in classrooms for almost 10 years. Miss T worked 5 years in the JFK Early Learning Center as an assistant and became the preschool assistant in 2013-2014. She has 2 wonderful children, an amazing fiance and 2 soon to be ‘bonus’ children!