HESPERIA — One local educator believes creating tomorrow’s leaders begins with laying a strong academic and moral foundation at an early age.
President Breada Leach of ABC123 Christian Academy told the Daily Press that her staff is dedicated to instructing students, ages 2 to 5, in several developmental areas including reading, writing, mathematics and their relationship with God.
“Many people underestimate the ability of children to comprehend so-called complex subjects,” said Leach, who’s earned a doctorate and also worked as a nurse at UCLA Medical Center. “We believe that if we introduce young children to the joy of learning, we will create lifelong learners. We’re planting seeds of hope today so they can face the challenges of tomorrow.”
Leach said she’s excited about the academy’s graduation ceremony on June 2 where nine students will each receive a diplomas and certificates of achievement before they move on to kindergarten.
“These young students will be taking a big step into another academic world,” Leach said. “As a team, we know that we've poured everything that we possess into them.”
Leach said as a single mother of daughter, Tiffanay Tapp, she understands the struggle of single parenting and the battle of being present in her daily life, and ensuring that she was loved, nurtured and given the opportunity to learn.
"Tiffany is 28, finishing up her PHD in psychology and making an impact in this world,” said Leach, who's also a Hesperia Chamber of Commerce board member and ambassador, writer and inspirational speaker. “My thinking is that if I can do this with one child, let me do this with more children.”
With campuses in Hesperia and Victorville, and her entire staff speaking English and Spanish, and one speaking Russian, ABC123’s English/Spanish curriculum focuses on developing the child's spiritual, cognitive, social, emotional and motor skills areas,
An average 12-hour instructional day at ABC123 is separated by preschool and kindergarten schedules, filled with indoor and outdoor activities, circle time, snacks, lunch, recess, instructional time, naps, playtime and homework.
Leach said all of her teachers exceed the minimum qualification, with head teachers required to have a required amount of Early Childhood Education units and a Child Development Teacher’s Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Teachers must have at least one year teaching experience and staff must also have completed a required amount of ECE units, with all staff required to have CPR and first aid certification.
“Breada is an extraordinary person who has built a great school along with her hard working and knowledgeable staff,” Hesperia Councilman Russ Blewett said. “She’s been a big influence on her students and their families. I admire the daylights out of her.”
Blewett said after meeting staff, children and families associated with ABC123, he admits that “it’s a quality school with quality people where they don’t babysit — they teach.”
“I feel like God gave me the opportunity to provide these children with a solid path of learning, which will steer them away from trouble when they’re older,” Leach said. “So many young children, with the potential to change the world, are neglected. We’re here to plant and to watch life spring up.”
ABC123 is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit abc123ca.com, facebook.com/abc123ca or call 760-243-5800.
Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLa Cruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.