Transitional Kinder

Ms. Allison Payawal

Phone: 510-724-0242 x103


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Ms. Allison Payawal

My name is Allison Payawal and I am the Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten teacher. This will be my twelvth year teaching at Saint Joseph School. I have taught middle school as well as other primary grades, but TK and Kindergarten is the most fun! I enjoy learning new things and I try to pass my enthusiasm of learning to my students. I have my Masters in Education with a specialization in early childhood education and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials.

When I am not busy working, I spend all my time with my family. I have two young daughters that are bubbly and full of energy! I enjoy staying active and being fit, so I always have some kind of challenge or activity to train for. I look forward to working with you and the children!

  • In September 2010, the Kindergarten Readiness Act passed. The legislation changed the requirements for kindergarten entry from five years old by December 2 to five years old by September 1, so that all children enter kindergarten at age five. This gives fouryear-olds with fall birthdays an additional year of preparation before entering kindergarten.
    The intent of this policy change in California is to provide an extra year of support and growth in a two year kindergarten program to help address the challenges that many students entering school face in struggling to keep up in kindergarten. These challenges can create difficulties that persist as children advance through the grades.
    Transitional kindergarten acts as a bridge between a more flexible play-and–learn environment and the more structured academic setting of a kindergarten classroom. TK classes offer learning opportunities through small groups and hands-on learning. The “gift of time” the program provides helps students meet the social and academic expectations necessary for the traditional kindergarten class the following year.