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 & 4s
Teresa was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After graduating from Grand Rapids Community
College with an Associates in Early Childhood Development, she moved to Portage to and attend Western Michigan University.
She graduated from WMU in 2010 with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood.
Teresa taught at two local preschools for six years before joining Hilltop.
Lead Teacher: 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 & 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.
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.