I came to Nature’s Pointe four years ago, as a parent. I am thrilled to be teaching here! My family and I are so glad we have found Nature’s Pointe Cooperative Preschool. The play-based, child-centered approach is certainly best for our children. My husband and I have two daughters, ages ten and eight. We also have a five year-old son who just started Kindergarten.
I have my B.S. in Elementary Education from Illinois State University and have taught for ten years — nine were at preschools. I enjoy children of preschool age because their excitement for discovery is contagious! I am always looking to learn more about the early childhood years because they apply to my own life and the classroom. The cooperative preschool setting is so unique because parents get to engage in their child’s learning, their child’s peers, and with fellow parents. At NPCP, everyone grows together, and the sense of community is strong.
I teach the Koalas class and assist with the Pandas class on Enrichment Days. My husband Mike and I are parents to twin 14 year old boys, Alex and Evan. They are graduates of NPCP. I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and 20 years of experience working with young children. This is my 10th year teaching at NPCP. The preschool years are my favorite! The children are so excited to learn new things. They have such a natural love of learning. After experiencing co-op with my own children, I know this is the best place to nurture that love and watch it grow! I am looking forward to another great year!
I’m the lead teacher for the Pandas class. I have over 25 years experience in early childhood education. I have worked with all age groups in various early childhood settings but I especially love co-op classrooms. I have worked at Nature’s Pointe Co-op for 11 years. I have a BA from Purdue University in psychology and certification in parent education and the program of West Ed. I am married and have 3 co-op children of my own. I chose co-op for my own children because I am a strong believer in play being the most important work for young children and wanted to be involved in the education of my own children. The greatest pleasure I have is seeing children’s faces light up as they learn. I also love seeing parents learn with their children!