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Hello!  I am Mary Jo Shoemaker.  I have been with Sunshine School since 2006.  I teach PreSchool ages 3-5.  I am a 1991 graduate of James A. Cawood HS and a 1997 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University.  I also recieved my teaching certification at EKU and Union College in 2011.  

I have three children Lauren, Jenna, and Jacob. My husband of 19 years is Russell Shoemaker.  We have two dogs; one Golden Retriever and one Chocolate Lab. Teaching and children are in my heart!
email:  mary.shoemaker@harlanind.kyschools.us





I am so excited about the coming school year and am anticipating the arrival of our new students and their families to the classroom. We are looking forward to getting to know your child. Please feel free to call our classroom anytime.Our work hours are 8-11:30 M-Th and 8:00 until 2:30 on Fridays.

While at Sunshine School your child will have many opportunities each day to learn about his/her world through play. Our school's philosophy is to nurture the child, promote positive self concept and self esteem, and foster independence while using structure and boundaries to ensure their safety. At Sunshine School we strive to meet each child's need on his/her developmental level and learning style through activities that are relevant to their real life experiences. We do this through interest areas in and outside of our classroom. These interest areas are: Art, blocks, dramatic play, sand/water, library, computers, cooking, toys & games (including puzzles and board games which promote sharing and turn taking, etc.), discovery (including magnets, weather, bugs and insects, etc.), music/movement, and outdoors. In addition to these daily learning experiences your child will also have the opportunity to go on field trips, nature walks, as well as participate in basketball games with the other Sunshine students. Please see the calendar for these event dates. We look forward to building a new classroom community together with you and your child!

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Harlan Independent Schools
420 E. Central St.
Harlan KY 40831

Phone: 606-573-8700