From the very beginning, the founders knew that the key to success was creating a warm and welcoming environment that would make the children and their families feel at home. So they carefully selected a team of educators who shared their passion and dedication for early childhood education and were committed to creating meaningful relationships with every child in their care.
Over the years, the preschool has grown and evolved, and when founder and director, Beverly Gonzalez retired in 2022, Karri Hasty took on the role of owner. Hasty previously served for many years as the school’s director under Gonzalez and has continued the legacy of learning at FishHawk Early Learning Center.
Today, FHELC is a thriving community of educators, parents, and children, all united in the pursuit of providing the best possible start in life to our youngest FishHawk community members—a place where every child shines!
In 2000, as FishHawk grew into a flourishing community, two women—a passionate educator and a seasoned preschool center owner, created FishHawk Early Learning Center (FHELC) as a nurturing environment for young children to thrive in their early years. The original founders have since retired, but their planted seeds have bloomed into a center where children have come to grow and learn for many years.
Provides differentiated curriculum
Fosters caring citizens
Embraces a growth mindset
Offers a low student-to-teacher
I’ve been so blessed to be a part of this preschool, starting as a part-time VPK teacher in 2006, then becoming a curriculum coordinator, promoting to the director, and finally taking ownership in 2022. What a journey it has been!
The FishHawk neighborhoods are special places for families and children alike. A supportive community of various family backgrounds—military, international, and long-time area residents all call FishHawk home. And, our preschool is a micro-community of the vibrant and diverse families that make up our neighborhood.
I come from a family where education was of high priority. My father was a principal, and his educational leadership inspired my path. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Education with certification in grades K-9 from the University of Illinois. Additionally, I have a VPK advanced director credential.
It’s a great honor to work alongside and lead FishHawk Early Learning Center’s dedicated staff and serve every child who comes through our doors with passion and dedication. I love seeing how each child grows physically and cognitively and the differences that make each child so unique. It’s a joy to know that together as staff, we profoundly impact their love of learning and future success.
I look forward to meeting your family and welcoming your child into our family at FishHawk Early Learning Center!
Director & Owner