Master Teacher Program

Children learning on tablet


Under the supervision of a Master Teacher, early childhood teachers apply knowledge gained in classroom settings to develop positive, practical teaching skills.

The Master Teacher Program is a training program funded by the United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties. It was developed by the United Way of Central Florida in partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Polk County, Polk State College and others.

With a focus on language development, the Master Teacher Program is designed to improve the quality of preschool experiences, while helping children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.



  • Safe Environment
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Learning Environment
  • Physical Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Communication
  • Creative Abilities
  • Sense of Self
  • Social Competence-Character Development
  • Guidance
  • Family
  • Program Management
  • Professionalism


  • 99 Quality Indicators
  • Reddy On
  • PPVT (Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test)
  • EVT (ExpressiveVocabulary Test)

Ms. Michelle was invited to work in our toddler classroom of the Master Teacher Program at United Way.  Having her in the class has 100% changed the way I see my job.  I am now excited and motivated every day I come to work.  The changes she has made to the classroom has positively changed our day schedule and has made coming into work less draining and more enjoyable.  What are so thankful to have her here!!

Lizbeth Santos

Michelle working in my class with the United way Master Teacher Program has helped me immensely.  Her being in my class has motivated me to become a better version of myself for the kids.  The support and training I am receiving is life changing for my classroom.  I feel as if my class has a whole new aura.  I’m happier and the kids are happier.  Just on day 1 speaking with Michelle, I already knew how big of a blessing the program was going to be and is to my classroom.


Some helpful books for your classroom or home!