All 4 of my children have attended various programs at Evergreen over the years with my youngest now finishing her preschool program. The girls LOVE everything about Laura and everything she plans with the kids. I have watched my girls excel in all areas of reading, writing, self regulation, mindfulness, artistic ability, respect, and their overall self confidence. The science experiments and daily programming is amazing!! I’m beyond impressed with every detail and thought put into the little one’s days by Laura...always a theme and purpose in what they learn. I recommend Evergreen to every parent I meet!!
Our little one absolutely loves Miss Laura!! The things she has learnt since beginning school there has been jaw dropping. Miss Laura is always teaching them something new. She always has something going on, be it the park, library, outside gardening or learning about bugs. I love how it's not just about "building blocks and learning their ABC's", but so much more! I would also like to add that we have, aside from school, joined many of her workshops, dance, crafting, cheer ugh the list goes on! She is amazing & you wont be disappointed. 😊
I can't say enough about Evergreen and Ms. Laura! The program is so amazing. My son has learned so much this past year that I am afraid to send him to kindergarten as it will most likely be a huge step backwards. Ms. Laura puts her heart and soul into this program not to mention all of the extra events they put on. We love,love,love Evergreen!
I cannot express enough how much my daughter and our family loves Evergren Academy ! This fall our daughter will be starting kindergarten with a full understanding of writing her letters and sounds each make as well as so many other amazing skills Laura has taught them. I feel 100% confident that she will be starting school completely ready . Even on days when she isn’t scheduled to be there she is always asking when she can go back because she has so much fun!
Looking back a year ago today, I never would have thought that in 12 short months [my son] would be ready to enter Kindergarten. I can now say with confidence he is ready and that is because of you! Thank you!!
You have helped him grow in so many ways and have taught him so much over the past year. His independence and social skills have reached a level I never thought possible. Thank you for taking care of him and helping him to grow! He's really going to miss you!"
The Crowe Family
Evergreen Academy has been an integral part of our daughter's life for the past 2 years! We first enrolled [our daughter] when she was 3 years old into the full day program that Miss Laura offers.
We noticed a significant difference in how our daughter responded to the way Laura teaches.
After the first day of class, our daughter asked when it was time to go back to school. She was printing her own name (using upper and lower case letters correctly) within weeks of attending Evergreen Academy! WOW!
Our daughter started Kindergarten this fall and was leaps and bounds ahead of her classmates...all because of the learning strategies that she was taught by Miss Laura.
We love Evergreen so much that we now have our daughter attending an after-school program there. I recommend Laura and her program to anyone that wants their child in a happy, safe and learning environment.
We are so happy with the preschool program offered at Evergreen Academy! The day is very well structured and balanced and full of activities that are engaging and support learning. Our child loves Ms. Laura and looks forward to his preschool days. Our little one has grown socially and academically. We would definitely recommend the program to other parents!
Keep doing what you're doing!! Great job, [our daughter] loves it there!!
Evergreen Academy is a wonderful place! My daughter looks forward to going every week and always talks about her friends and what she has learned. Laura is so great with the kids! I recommend Evergreen to anyone I know!
Honestly sending our son to evergreen was the best decision we have made! Our son has grown and learned so much at this school! Mrs O'Connell is amazing with the children! She keeps you posted if needed throughout the day, every evening she's posts photos of what the kids have done that day. Very satisfied with this place would recommend to anyone!!!
A wonderful program! We are very happy that our child is enjoying the program thank you
Absolutely awesome teacher and care for your child!!
I am on a fixed budget and would spend any amount on this preschool because my daughter has improved in all areas. We both feel comfortable walking in! Big hugs to my daughter from her friends coming or leaving. The work sent home shows what we need to practice and how far she has come. Lot of adventures, small groups and learning through fun with an amazing teacher Mrs. Laura!!
A lot of time, energy and thought goes Into preparing for daily activities for the kids. The education they receive surpasses anything I could ever expect from a preschool. I personally think the program you offer is amazing and I'm glad [my daughter] gets to be a part of it!
Enrolling my son into Evergreen Academy was the best decision I have made thus far for his academic journey. I cannot express how amazing it has been for him, as well as me as a parent. I was so excited to find a school that offered so many options. As a parent I had many choices as to when he went to school, and for how many days I felt he was ready for.
Mrs. Laura’s kindness, patience, professionalism and “out of the box” teaching styles is why my son loves school and is excited to learn. I feel because of Evergreen Academy (Mrs. Laura) my son now has the skills and readiness to transition into the regular school system with ease and confidence.
It is so important for kids to have a positive outlook on school and learning, Evergreen Academy has not only provided that for my son but has gone over and above my expectations.
Cynthia Gallinger White
“I Love my school because we sing, laugh, learn about lots of cool things, and oh yeah I love Mrs. Laura too!!”
Kaiden 5yrs Old
The perspectives my daughter has developed about friendships, nature, the environment, and academics through a multi contextual approach to her learning was a unique and innovative way to build a solid foundation for her future schooling.
I support Evergreen 100%!!!
(Due to privacy preferences, this parent has chosen to remain anonymous. Her daughter attends the Stepping Stones program twice a week.)
I cant say enough good things about our experience so far with Miss Laura at Evergreen Academy Inc. My daughter is already saying her full alphabet and quickly learning sounds, writing/tracing letters, recognizing some simple words and letter sounds. It has been very good for her confidence and a great start to having a love for learning!
She loves it!! Early Education is so important and an early boost in reading skills leads to her being able to read and learn topics of interest independently which is truly priceless!!!! I'm impressed by the healthy meals and the amount of learning supplies you have for the kids. Also, your professionalism and enthusiasm. Can't wait to see where Evergreen goes! Port Colborne's young families are lucky to have you!!
Jessica McKeen Grabell
My experiences at Camp Wild were ones I will never forget! The friendships that I made through endless fun activities and themes are things that I will never be able to top again! Going to Camp Wild allowed me to open up to new things, and made me who I am today, an outgoing, hardworking nature lover! (Still iffy about bugs though!)
It also allowed me to connect with members in my community creating long-lasting friendships will people I probably would've never met! I am grateful everyday that I got to experience something as awesome as Camp Wild growing up!!
(Myah is in university now but attended Camp Wild in her early years)
Laura is devoted to making a difference in the lives of people through education and love for the environment. You would be hard pressed to find someone else so dedicated to her goals.
She is genuinely reluctant to accept the effusive praise she so richly deserves. As brilliant as she is when she is at the forefront, it is her work behind the scenes that makes her a truly incredible person. She does not need—nor does she search for—credit. She just wants to make a difference, and she certainly does.
My daughter Natalie attended Camp Wild (a program run by Director Laura O'Connell) for 4 years.
What a terrific, influential, positive experience it was for all of us! Natalie not only gained a great deal of practical knowledge and hands-on experience with nature, including designing and constructing board games, orienteering, geocaching, making and acting in videos, scrapbooking, playing outdoor games, and catching and learning about wildlife, but she also benefitted from Laura's skill in dealing with and integrating children from a wide spectrum of ages, physical and mental abilities, intelligence levels, socio-economic backgrounds, and genders as indicated by stories Natalie would tell us when she got home.
My husband and I benefitted by knowing our daughter was spending her summers learning a great deal, exercising, gaining social skills, and being happy! We heard a couple of stories about how well some problems that came up were dealt with and felt complete confidence in the competence and ability of Laura and her councillors. The ratio of students to supervisors was good, and we felt very lucky to get in year after year (because we applied as soon as possible) because many, including Natalie's friends, were turned away once word of the camp got out due to its excellent reputation.
I would not hesitate to recommend that any child be placed in Laura's care and I am sure she would be an outstanding formal educator.
Sincerely, Beth Palma.
My son Kruze was lucky enough to have the experience of attending Laura's Camp Wild for 4 summers.
I highly recommend Laura and anyone she chooses to be on her team as I know her to be responsible and caring...A wonderful teacher, caregiver, and all around person!!