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Word Tabernacle opens Impact Academy preschool

Posted on September 26, 2021

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The Impact Academy preschool for children ages 3-5 opened last month at Word Tabernacle Church’s Word Plaza in Rocky Mount.

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The Impact Academy preschool for children ages 3-5 opened last month at Word Tabernacle Church’s Word Plaza in Rocky Mount.

ROCKY MOUNT — The Impact Academy’s August grand opening launched a new opportunity for local students, families and teachers. The preschool is housed in the Impact Center at 821 Word Plaza and serves 3-5-year-old children and their families.

The preschool is part of a strategic plan to improve the region by investing in individuals so that everyone can thrive.

“The school is uniquely designed to function with best industry practices for early childhood education in an ideal environment for families while being the preferred workplace for teachers,” a news release states. “The Impact Academy is creating a community where individuals are holistically nurtured and practically equipped to thrive personally, socially and educationally.”

While the preschool is new, the teaching staff has decades of experience in five-star-rated centers with various education and human development roles. The program director, Kyle Durrell Johnson, and operations director, Tevin Boykin, have backgrounds in Nash and Edgecombe counties’ public school systems.

Impact Academy teachers have served as child care center directors, elementary teachers, preschool teachers and nonprofit community partners. Staff qualifications range from associate degrees to master’s in psychology, educational technology, human services, early childhood education, elementary education and divinity.

One-third of the preschool’s employees are currently enrolled in educational programs to obtain additional degrees.

The program modeled its pay philosophy through a partnership with the North Carolina Early Childhood Compensation Collaborative. Directors used the collaborative’s model salary scale for early education lead teachers. The Impact Academy’s base wage starts at $11.79 an hour. Teachers can make more than $20 an hour with full-time health benefits.

The school aligns its state-approved curriculum and methodology with children’s natural development stages. There is a focus on literacy, learning through play, self-guided exploration, mathematics and holistic nurturing.

“Every child has the ability to learn,” Boykin said. “We do not only want to get them to learn a lesson for the moment. We want to inspire the desire to learn for a lifetime.”

Johnson added that the preschool’s goal is to“set a strong foundation on which children, families and teachers can thrive.”

To learn more about the Impact Academy, visit its website www.theimpactacademywtc.com or contact Tevin Boykin at 252-316-8314 or tevin.boykin@wordtab.net.

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