Our Program

The Lil' Raiders Preschool is the school-based district preschool program and is an inclusive early childhood classroom at Mary Welsh Elementary. The Lil' Raiders program serves four and five year olds both with and without an IEP, and only three year olds who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Lil' Raiders programming runs Monday - Thursday from 8:15 am to 3:15 pm. We follow the school calendar which includes all early dismissals and no school days. To attend preschool, students must turn 4 before September 15th, 2017. State Wide Voluntary Preschool Program Grant funds 10 hours of weekly instruction. Tuition for 4 year olds is $75 per month due to the additional time to support full day programming. If your child is 5, there is a $225 per month tuition fee.

Please contact Mr. Jepson (michaeljepson@williamsburg.k12.ia.us) for additional information.

Meet the Teacher

Laura McCalester, Lead Teacher

Laura has been the lead teacher of the Lil' Raiders Preschool for seven years. She received her BA in Early Childhood Special Education from St. Ambrose in 2010 and her MA in Special Education from Grand Canyon University in 2012. She is passionate about teaching preschool and loves sharing in the first school experience of her littles. When she's not teaching she loves to spend time with her husband and their two dogs, cheer on the Hawkeyes, take vacations, and go to Target.

Para Educators

The classroom also has paraeducators that support the lead teacher in providing instruction for all students.

2018-2019 Paraeducators

Amy Harrison

Marisa Martinez

Amber Heisdorffer