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Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Welcome to Palmer Early Learning Center!  Please take time to look over our website to learn more about our wonderful school.  I would like to introduce myself as principal and provide some insight into what led me to Palmer.  This is my 37th year as an educator, with 36 of those years in the field of early childhood.  I have enjoyed positions as a teacher, preschool director, reading specialist, literacy coach, and administrator in various schools across the district, and am honored to have been in the role of Palmer Principal since 2016.  I am also the District Coordinator of Early Learning for KCS.  I enjoy this role as well, especially when I am out in other schools and get to run into former Palmer students!  

Palmer is a very special school in that we have three different programs operating daily.  Our Early Childhood Learning Center is a tuition-based program for children six weeks to five years old.  We also have five Voluntary Pre-K classes with two housed at Palmer and three at V.O. Dobbins (Palmer Teachers).  These classes are grant funded by the Tennessee Department of Education, and are available at no cost to students who qualify.  Additionally, we are very proud of our Early Intervention Program for children with special needs.  All three of these programs work together in an inclusive environment to meet the needs of all learners.

The faculty and staff at Palmer are comprised of an excellent group of educators.  They are highly qualified, dedicated, and thoroughly enjoy working with children.  We believe that the work of children is play, and that play is a critical aspect of early learning.  We structure learning around the Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards, which can be found on the TDOE website.  A link is provided on the links page of our website as well.  Our goal is to teach children to become critical thinkers and problem solvers before the age of five, and to ensure that all of our students are ready for kindergarten.

If you have questions please reach out to us directly.  We would be happy to talk with you to provide more specific information.  You are welcome to contact me at 378-2160 or [email protected].  


Dr. Amy Doran

Principal, Palmer Early Learning Center

Coordinator of Early Childhood/Grant Writer

Kingsport City Schools