Meet the Staff
Director / Lead Teacher: Wraparound
Gail is a lifetime resident of the Kalamazoo/Portage area. She has a Bachelor of
Science in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University with emphasis in
creative arts, math and science. She has worked with children for the past 15 years
in many different capacities: preschool director/teacher, reading paraprofessional
for elementary children, before- and after-school program supervisor, teaching English
as a Second Language in Japan, as well as a summer camp director/counselor.
April is a native of Michigan with a varied background of work experience which
brings a unique perspective to the preschool. While residing in California she worked
with victims of domestic violence and the homeless to secure housing. There she
received her Associate of Arts degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute
of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco while working for a children’s clothing
designer. She spent eight years in Athens, Greece teaching English as a Second Language.
After settling in Kalamazoo, she served as a board member for three years as a parent
of Hilltop students and has taught Sunday school to preschoolers.
Lead Teacher: 3s and 4s
Courtney was born and raised in Shelby Township, Michigan. She attended Western
Michigan University where she earned her Bachelor in Creative Arts and Science.
While attending university she fell in love with Kalamazoo and now calls it home.
Courtney joined began her teaching career at Hilltop shortly after her graduation.
Lead Teacher: 3s and 4s
Stephanie was born and raised Lansing, Michigan. She came to Kalamazoo to attend Western Michigan University in the fall of 2004.
There, she received her Bachelor Degree and Early Childhood Endorsement. During her time at Western she has had the opportunity
to work not only in preschool setting, but also at the Kindergarten and Second grade levels.
Lead Teacher: 4s and Young 5s
Melissa is a lifetime resident of the Portage area. She has a bachelor of arts in
English/Elementary Education from Western Michigan University. Melissa has continued
her education with post graduate work at Spring Arbor (Kalamazoo campus) and Central
Michigan University. She has worked with children in several educational capacities:
as a first grade classroom teacher, a young fives teacher and as a literacy paraprofessional
in several grades, with an emphasis in BK and Kindergarten classrooms.
Lead Teacher: Wraparound
Liz is a native of Midland, Michigan where she graduated high school. She moved
to Kalamazoo in 2008 to attend Western Michigan University where she recently graduated
with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology with minors in Social Psychology, Social Work,
and Holistic Health Care. In addition to being a Student Ambassador and Special
Tours Coordinator at WMU, Liz spent time in Ireland as a nanny and home-school preschool
teacher. After an internship at a local adult foster care home, she accepted a position
as a Direct Care worker for six months. Liz has also volunteered her time as a Girl
Scout Leader for the past two years at Arcadia Elementary School.
Robin grew up in the Kalamazoo area. She is a graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High
School and attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She directed her church
nursery program for two years and has taught Sunday school for three and four year
olds. She gained extensive experience in Early Childhood Development while working
as a paraprofessional for five years in the Grand Ledge Public Schools and has training
working with children with various types and degrees of disabilities.
Angela grew up in Michigan. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University with
a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. After graduation she taught
for three years at a local preschool and was employed at WMU for several years.
She has served as a board member and volunteer parent at Hilltop.
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ethnicity, disability, or sexual orientation.