Rainbow Classroom

Ages 3 years to 4 years

Happy new school year and welcome to the Rainbows Room! I am so excited to be your child' teacher. I have been a teacher at Palmer School for five years and this is my third year as the Rainbows teacher. I am truly lucky to do a job I am passionate about at a school that I love. My daughter is a Palmer School alumni and her experience at Palmer equipped her to have a smooth and successful transition into elementary school. 


My teaching begins with making your child feel safe and at home in the classroom and helping all the children come together in a learning community. A community that is warm and welcoming to each unique individual, each with his or her own learning styles, strengths, interests and dreams. Our basic goals in Rainbows is to build a foundation for learning and make school fun. A large part of the year is based on personal growth, independence, problem solving, following directions and listening. We do this by building your child's confidence through play and positive interactions with teachers and peers. 


I am a huge supporter of frequent home-school communication. This open dialogue will ensure your. child's needs are met daily. We will discuss your child, what's happening in our classroom, ways you can support your child's learning at home and most importantly ways I can extend what you do at home in school. 

                         This is going to be an awesome, fun and exciting year! 

    The Rainbow classroom is a place of great growth for students as they introduce new subjects and work on existing skills. Students are able to work on building a sense of autonomy and independence not only in play but also their learning. This extends into their self-help skills where students assist at drop-off with coats, lunch with plating and pouring. The teachers utilize the school's creative curriculum during lessons which allows for students to be engaged through play. Subject areas include reading, name writing, number sense and identification, science, and social studies. By engaging each of these subjects the students expand not only their learning but their knowledge of the world around them. Some of the student's favorite year activities include hatching chicks in the spring and the summer train trip. Rainbows also continue to work on their social and emotional development, such as problem-solving and emotional coping. 

Head Teacher

Carol Ortman


Teacher Assistant

Cindy Yost

Associates in Early Childhood Education from RVCC

 Miss Cindy has been a member of the staff at The Palmer School for several years.  She has four children. In her spare time she loves to garden, go hiking, and bird watching. 

Staff Ratio 1:10

Science Curriculum

Weekly Cooking Projects

Social and Emotional Skills