The Naples Alliance for Children will honor a person for the Collier County Apple Blossom Teacher of the Year Award on Friday, April 7. A Greater Marco Family YMCA preschool teacher has been named as one of the nominees. Kelly O’Connor is the preschool teacher for the 4-5 year old classroom.
Charlene Garcia, Youth Development Supervisor at the Marco Y, outlined the reasons that O’Connor should be an Apple Blossom Teacher of the Year Award nominee. “Kelly has been the pre-K teacher since January of 2012. When she started, the pre-K program was in a period of transition from the loss of the previous program instructor. The Greater Marco Family YMCA made the commitment to find an individual who was caring, compassionate, loving, and made learning fun.” The award celebrates outstanding early childhood practice in the education of children – infancy through five year olds who attend non-public schools.