IHSD alumna-now-staff, Porchea Fort, remembers her #FavoritePreschoolMemory.

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In 2016, I started my journey working for IHSD as a teacher at the Fair Oaks site. After working for a couple of months I found out the preschool I had attended when I was younger was affiliated with IHSD!

Who would’ve thought years down the line I would work for the company where I attended preschool? While I don’t remember much about preschool two specific moments stand out for me.

One was making green eggs and ham after we read Dr. Sesuss’s Green Eggs and Ham. To this day it is one of my favorite books. To my preschool self, making green eggs and ham was such a big deal, because it was like we were making the story come to life. As I write this post, I just had an ah-ha moment and realized why “WOW experiences” are important for children. It gives them a hands-on approach and leaves a lasting impact, but I digress.

As I write this post, I just had an ah-ha moment and realized why “WOW experiences” are important for children.

The second moment I remembered from preschool was collecting ladybugs with my friend Corey. It was nostalgic when one spring day, while working at the Fair Oaks site, I was passing out cups to children, so they could go look for ladybugs. I think my 4-year-old self never thought, at 27 years old, I’d be doing the same thing only the roles are reversed.

If I do nothing else for those children, I want them to feel they were loved.

My preschool Teacher Jose stands out as well. The impact he left on me is the reason why I work so hard to build relationships with the children. When my students are 29 years old, I want them to look back and reflect on how I made them feel. If I do nothing else for those children, I want them to feel they were loved. That’s the way I felt when I attended preschool, and I just want to return the favor.

– Porchea Fort, IHSD alumni 1993 and Laurel Head Start Site Supervisor

Porchea is honored as a legacy alumna at IHSD’s 35th anniversary by her former IHSD teacher, Jose Ibarra.
Porchea with Laurel Head Start students