Her kindergarten class is filled with color, from the rainbow-colored play-mat to the plastic bins filled with educational toys. Tiny tables served as stations where parents could sign up to take part in the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), volunteer to help with the morning or afternoon sessions, or be added to the informative e-mail list.
The incoming kindergarteners and their little brothers and sisters played at the small, wooden tables and the play-mat while their mothers hugged and said their hellos waiting for Roberts to speak with them.
Deysi Romero walked in to the classroom with her daughter, Zaira Muñoz. The five-year-old hesitantly walked to a table where Roberts asked her to write her name on a cubby tag. She paused, glancing over at her classmates playing and back up at her mother.
"You can play when you write your name on the paper," said Romero.
Roberts approached the table, finally convincing Zaira to write her name on the tag with a soothing voice she has certainly perfected as a kindergarten teacher over the years.
"I'm just nervous, because I know she's going to cry when I leave," said Romero. "She's been at home with me every day until today."
Romero is hopeful that going to school will not only help Muñoz to become less timid but also to learn how to speak and read in English.
Roberts walked across the room, her long, linen skirt flowing above her yellow ballet flats as she spoke effortlessly with several mothers explaining what snacks their children can bring, where they can drop off and pick up their children, and what the class size will look like in the morning and in the afternoon.
"This is my sixth year teaching as well as at Jeremy Ranch," said Roberts. "I started here right after graduating from the University of Utah."
This year will be the first year that she will be implementing an applied math program. The children will participate in more hands-on exploration and class discussions teaching them how to prove their math and agree or disagree with how a student came to find the answer, Roberts said.
Registration for kindergarten started in May, but parents can keep registering throughout the year. According to Roberts, class size really depends on word-of-mouth.
Both of her morning and afternoon class sessions will total around 50 students, but she is anticipating a good year despite the big numbers.
"This is just a small glimpse into what the year is going to be like," said Roberts. "We're all excited for another good year."