Dear CKA Members,
Welcome to the California Kindergarten Association! As President of this wonderful organization, I want to personally thank you for doing what I believe to be the most important job: educating our youngest learners.
I started my presidency in March of 2021. I was, and continue to be, completely awestruck by the passion, determination, and grit shown by educators during the 2020-2021 school year. Teachers found millions of creative ways to support their students, families and colleagues with absolutely no previous training on “pandemic teaching.”
Stop what you are doing right now and give yourself a pat on the back.
You are still here.
You are essential.
You still care deeply about educating your students.
You are a superhero!
The mission of the California Kindergarten Association is “to foster children’s early learning and development by promoting best practices and professionalism in teaching and advocating for high quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood education.”
When the pandemic hit, we looked to our mission statement as a guide. We focused on providing high quality professional development as well as emotional support when many of our members needed it most.
As President of CKA, I will lead the board to continue innovating the ways in which we serve our members. We have a team of highly talented, passionate, and experienced educators who have devoted their spare time to supporting educators in providing high-quality educational experiences to our youngest learners. Keep an eye out, we are always offering something new!
Welcome to CKA! I’m so glad you’re here!
Genevieve “Gennie” Gorback, M.Ed. became President of the California Kindergarten association in March of 2021, after serving three years as board member and two as president-elect. Gennie has volunteered with CKA’s California Kindergarten Conference Committee since 2014. She is the chair of the Evening Event Committee and is known for obtaining amazing raffle prize donations.
Gennie is an early childhood educator with a Masters of Education in Teaching, a California teaching credential and a preschool Site Supervisor permit. She most recently taught Transitional Kindergarten in the public elementary setting. Gennie has temporarily stepped out of the classroom to be at home with her two young daughters, but is excited to return to teaching when the time is right for her family.
Gennie is passionate about learning through play. She enjoys training teachers and guiding parents on easy ways to organize sensory play activities for young children. You can find Gennie’s Glittery Play Dough Recipe here.