The final graduation from Happitime preschool will occur in May after 31 years of service to the Crozet community.
School head Linda Reaser started her teaching career in 1967 in West Virginia before moving to this area in 1968 and teaching at Broadus Wood Elementary for one year and Greenwood Elementary for six years. She operated a small preschool while her children were small and then opened Happitime Preschool in the fall of 1984. Her love for children and passion for teaching and learning led her to have a tremendously successful and rewarding career as a preschool teacher. She believes that learning fundamental values and skills, plus taking responsibility for your own actions, are critical in a child’s development and growth. Every activity she led had a learning objective and expected outcome as she prepared the children to enter kindergarten.
Besides her preschool work and church commitment, Reaser has been associated with the Girl Scouts in the area since 1968 as a troop leader, life guard, Sugar Hollow Day Camp director, as well as serving on the Skyline Counsel Board of Directors. One of her greatest joys was being the advisor/mentor to many girls who earned the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards.
An open house celebrating her years of service to the community will be held Sunday, April 24, at Olivet Presbyterian Church, 2575 Garth Road in Ivy, from 2 until 5 p.m., with a brief program at 3:30.