Beth Whaley, Principal

Hello! My name is Beth Whaley and I am the principal at Fuerstenau Early Childhood Center. (Read "Principal Bio" for more information), and the Early Childhood Director for DeWitt Public Schools. I support the staff and families for Kindergarten, Young 5's, Little Panthers and the before- and after-school KIDS care programs. 

Since being hired in June 2014, I have been diligently working to get to know the staff and building, to become familiar with DeWitt Public Schools and the DeWitt Community. When I look at the facilities, staff, schedule and curricular plans for the 2016-17 school year, I am very excited.

I am looking forward to meeting our new students and their families! FECC is a beautiful place to learn.

Principal's Bio
Principal, Fuerstenau Early Childhood Center
Early Childhood Director, DPS

I have loved every minute working with the early childhood staff at DeWitt . It is a privilege to work with such a dedicated group, to ensure an educationally rich, developmentally appropriate, successful experience for every child!

I have been in education for 25 years. Prior to being hired in DeWitt, I taught early childhood in Perry Public Schools for 19 years, and have most recently completed 3 years as an Early Childhood Specialist for the Ingham Intermediate School District. I also work as an Early Childhood Specialist for Shiawassee Regional Educational School District. I am an MSU alum, having received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education, my Masters of Arts degree in Early Childhood, and my Educational Administrative certificate from Michigan State. 

I believe that children learn best when students and families feel safe and welcomed in their school. I envision our early childhood programs as places where teachers and parents work together, faculty use child data to plan intentionally for each student, Common Core standards are met utilizing developmentally appropriate methods, and where staff and students are excited to get to school each day. I believe that parents are a child’s first and best teacher, and that we work together to ensure that pour programs meet your child’s individual needs.

I have three adult sons who are making lives for themselves. It is an interesting transition to watch your children leave your home to make their own. I spend every minute that I can with them, and never laugh harder than when we are all together. 

Feel free to introduce yourself to me. I am looking forward to meeting the new families. If there is anything that I can do, feel free to contact me any time.