Maria Abilock teaches the Toddler parent observation class and a Twos parent participation preschool class. PreSchool Family has been an important part of her family since 2004.
“I love working with children and parents at PreSchool Family and helping everyone learn about and manage their feelings. I also love game nights with my family, fostering kittens, biking, hiking, and growing my own fruits and vegetables in the garden."
Becca King teaches a Twos class. She joined the PreSchool Family community as a parent in 2002 and went through the program for seven years with her two daughters. She began teaching in the program in 2008 and is passionate about supporting families with young children. Before coming to PSF Becca taught as a first grade teacher and as a naturalist.
“I enjoy working with children, camping and traveling with my family, swimming and hiking, and eating Rick's ice cream.”
Jenn Pierson teaches a Threes class. Jenn is a passionate believer in parent participation programs and was a parent at PSF as well! "Snuggling kids and singing songs, giggling and being creative with my children, crafting to music, using my label maker and laminator, reading myself to sleep every night, obsessively loving hedgehogs and naming them "Steve" ...these are a few of my favorite things..."
Karen Stein teaches the 6-12 month class. She began teaching at PSF for two years in 1980 and 1981. She returned to PSF in 1988 and has been teaching here since then. She was also a parent in the program with her 2 children.
Autumn Vandiver’s involvement in the parent participation community began in 2006, when she attended a cooperative preschool with her daughter and fell in lovewith this model of education.
In the years since, Autumn has been involved in the field of early childhood and parent education in several different capacities: as a parenting columnist for a local newspaper, parent coach, workshop leader, preschool teacher, and co-director.
One of Autumn’s deepest joys is getting messy in a classroom of preschoolers and in connecting with their parents. When she is not teaching, she enjoys reading, writing, crafting, fostering cats, and is a beginning gardener.
Marjan Wilkes co-teaches a Fours class with French Yarbrough. She was a parent in the program with her two children and has been teaching at PSF since 1995.
“I could not ask for a better job! Teaching four year olds is a wonderful excuse to be silly and messy; supporting and teaching their parents a source of great satisfaction. I'm always learning from the children, the parents, our classroom teaching team, the PSF colleagues (who are the best!) and the Greendell staff. When I'm not at school I like to read, potter around in my garden, swim, go for walks and travel with my husband".
Laura Zweig teaches the Threes Nap Class (where no one actually naps) and has been teaching at PreSchool Family for almost 30 years. She is also a dance and creative movement teacher and the happy grandmother of 2 wonderful grandchildren.
“I think I’m known as the teacher with all the cooking projects. I love cooking, dancing, singing, and getting silly with 3 and 4 year olds!”