Early Childhood

Santa Claus and Nichole Hayden
Nichole Hayden
Assistant Principal


  ~    Meet our Preschool Staff    ~


Kate Neikirk, Preschool Teacher
"Teaching preschool students is such a joy. They are so enthusiastic about learning new ideas." Kate is a graduate of Michigan State University and received her Master's degree from the University of Cincinnati. She has taught for 25 years and in 2011 she received the Rosanne Ginny Teacher of the Year Award. Kate is married and has three daughters. She enjoys hiking and horseback riding.


Brenda Miller, Preschool Assistant
"When my preschoolers come running in and give me a bug hug, it warms my heart," explains Brenda Miller. Brenda has enjoyed Newport Preschool students for the past 16 years.  She is a 1971 graduate of Newport High School. "The highlight of my day is watching a student's eyes light up when they learn something new."



Hannah McMillen, Preschool Teacher





Deborah Joy Macke, Preschool Assistant
"I believe even the slightest prostive influence has the potential to change a child's life."  Deborah has made a positive effect on Newport Preschool students for 24 years. She is a graduate of Campbell County High School and loves to help children learn in a safe and caring environment. Deborah is married and has four children and five grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family on their goat farm and enjoys listening to music          


Pamela Kaising, Speech Language Pathologist 
"I love working with preschoolers and love their innocence and eagerness to explore and learn each day." Pam is a graduate of Miami University and Ohio State University and has been a speech language pathologist for 21 years. Pam and her husband enjoy watching their daughter play volleyball and their son swim and play soccer. They also enjoy time at the Cincinnati Nature Center and at the beach.


Nancy Knauf, Kindermusik Instructor 
Nancy studied piano, voice and dance, played the flute, sang in select choirs and performed in musicals throughout her school years. When observing music education programs, Nancy discovered Kindermusik and fell in love with the creative curriculum and the opprotunity to teach music to develop the skills, talents and interests of young children. She is a 2010 Vocal Music graduate of Northern Kentucky University and is a licensed Kindermusik Instructor.


We believe that every child is special, smart and talented, and we know that when you choose our school, you have placed a great trust in us. At Newport Independent Preschool, the entire faculty expresses genuine love and respect for every child. We teach children to show respect and kindness to each other,  creating a caring classroom of learners.

The Newport Independent Preschool Program collaborates with the Newport Early Childhood Initiative (NECI) which is comprised of Children's Inc., Head Start, Brighton Center, Success by Six, STRIVE and Northern Kentucky University. COR-Advantage is a researched-based assessment tool used to assist our teachers in supporting children at every developmental level including English Language Learners and those with special needs. COR-Advantage also provides administrators with more comprehensive reporting options to guide program planning and staff development.

Children attending Early Childhood programs have a greater success in school. We are proud to make a difference in the lives of the children we serve. Our preschool is state-funded through the Department of Education and we follow the goals of the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards. 

Children learn best by doing, it requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn firsthand about the world around us. Play provides a foundation for academic learning and helps children to become enthusiastic learners.  We encourage children to be active, creative explorers and to become independent, self-confident inquisitive learners.



For a Child's Brain, Body, Heart & Soul
Newport Preschool rocks to Kindermusik

Children thrive on music. It’s one of the best vehicles for learning in early childhood development. Kindermusik takes musical learning to the next level; our curriculum is proven to improve a child’s brain development

The ABC Music & Me program with certified instructors and curriculum uses music, stories and movement to prepare children

for educational opportunity.  Certified ABC Music & Me instructor, Nancy Knauf, along with Newport (KY) Schools approached the foundation for funding.  After a successful pilot program, the music curriculum was implemented in the Newport Primary School preschool classes for the 2014-15 school year.  Embraced by Newport Primary's preschool teachers, students visit Knauf's classroom for activities centered around music and literacy that will better prepare them for kindergarten. Veteran teacher Kate Neikirk, who joins her classes in Knauf's classroom, sees the benefits of this program as the students further develop skills that will assist their success at the next level. Click here for the video.







This past year was filled with contributions that directly helped organizations and individuals within the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area. The Clyde N. Day Foundation continues to support organizations, initiatives and individuals like the Newport Primary School as they pursue excellence.



All over the world, parents bond with their babies through musical sounds and rhythmic movement. They rock and swing their children, put them sleep with lullabies, make them laugh with nursery rhymes. Parents know instinctively what scientists have now proven: young children thrive on music. It's one of the best vehicles for learning in early childhood development. Kindermusik takes musical learning to the next level; our curriculum is proven to improve child brain development. And it's fun for parents too! 

Parents follow me to Kindermusik here!



Powered by Kindermusik, the ABC Music & Me curriculum is research-based and research-proven. Our curriculum meets the Kentucky PreK and Kindergarten standards. Kindermusik is committed to strengthening the research foundation that has set our curriculum apart by staying abreast of research from other leading early childhood development experts and continually evaluating our program’s impact. The findings indicate that students in classes using ABC Music & Me program made significantly greater gains in language and literacy skills as compared to student in classes that did not use any of the ABC Music and Me program components.

Click here to read more about the research behind ABD Music & Me.