Meet the Teachers

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tothBonnie Toth – T/Th 2’s Teacher

I have been teaching in the early childhood field since 2001, and became a Mommy in 2008. I began working as a preschool teacher while I was in school for my Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Science Education. However, as I neared the end of my program, I realized that I wasn’t ready to give up the joy I found in teaching younger children. I went back to school, and received a Master’s in Elementary Education in 2009. I am still passionate about science, and find myself incorporating science into my everyday teaching. I have found teaching young children particularly rewarding because my students are constantly teaching me. They remind me to look at this world with wonder and excitement, to love unconditionally, to embrace the moment, and to laugh, play, run, and read every day.

My husband, Joey, is my high school sweetheart and a man of many talents: an entrepreneur, a devoted daddy, an amazing cook, and a source of endless patience; I am grateful for all the support that he has given me. The birth of our daughters changed our lives forever. I never knew how much love I was capable of holding until I met these wonderful girls! When it was time for my oldest to go to school, I wanted her to go to a preschool that reflected my own beliefs about learning: I needed to find a play-based school where children were honored and their needs were respected. I spent many hours looking for a school where I felt my children could flourish. When I found the Co-op, I fell in love. I was amazed at what a perfect fit it was for us. Joey and I are so grateful for the experiences that our children have had here. I believe that the love of learning and home-school connections forged at the co-op create the best possible foundation for future learning, and I am profoundly grateful that my teaching journey has led me here. From 2014-2016, I had the honor of serving as the Director of the Co-op.

 

 

UdartVivian Udart – M/W/F 2’s teacher

I was born and raised here in Las Vegas, by a CCSD elementary teacher! Growing up with a mom who taught instilled a love of young children in me. I loved helping her grade papers and being in her classroom. This love was strengthened when I had my first child in 2012. During my second year as a stay-at-home mom, I decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. I have since obtained my degree from Kaplan University. I am passionate about play-based learning and have previously worked in a Montessori preschool as an assistant teacher.

By my side, through it all has been my amazing husband Bryan. He is a source of endless love, support, and encouragement. He does so much for our two daughters and myself and I cannot imagine a life without him.

I first found the co-op while searching for preschool options for my oldest daughter, who is now 5. I was amazed to find such an great school that aligns with my educational and parenting philosophies. While it wasn’t a perfect fit for our family, at the time, the co-op remained in my thoughts. I am so ecstatic to have the opportunity to start my career at this amazing school and for my younger daughter to be able to begin her education here. I am looking forward to working with the amazing team of teachers here and getting to know all of the families I will have the honor of working with.

 

 

TeriTeri Johnston – Monday-Friday 3’s Teacher/Love and Logic Facilitator

I have double Associates Degrees in Early Childhood with emphasis in Preschool and Infant Toddler. My career includes home day care, work at traditional child care centers, and at a college lab school, all in Las Vegas. I began teaching in 1987, started at the Kids’ Co-op in 1996, and took on the added responsibility of the Director position from 1999 to 2014. My education and experience in all areas of my professional development have given me an all-inclusive understanding of the needs of a Parent Cooperative school. I have built relationships with children, families, community partners, and have invested myself both personally and professionally in the school’s success.

Additional training, experience, and skills that I have acquired over the years include:

  • Member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • Member of the Nevada Registry for early childhood education/training which includes numerous recurring training and certification requirements (15 hours of annual classroom or conference training, CPR, First Aid, etc.).
  • Member of the California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools (CCPPNS).
  • A certified facilitator for the Love and Logic Institute, Inc teaching:
  • Becoming a Love and Logic Parent, and
  • Early Childhood Parenting Made Easy
  • Several times a year at the Kids’ Co-op and around the community.

On a personal note, I am married and have three children and three grandchildren — two who have been through the Co-op program. We had the amazing opportunity to experience involvement in the Kids’ Co-op as parents during the early years of our daughter and grandson. I see the benefits of this program every day in both of them. My life is so enriched by the encounters I have had with families that have passed through the Kids’ Co-op doors. I have made life-long friends and work with an amazing staff.

 

 

lisafitzLisa Fitzgerald (a.k.a Mrs. Fitz) – Monday-Thursday 4’s Teacher

I have a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. I’ve been teaching at the Co-op since the fall of 1994 and have taught Kindergarten, 4’s, 3’s and 2’s programs. I have seen the Co-op grow and stretch into the phenomenal program it is now.

I began my Co-op journey when my daughter, Katie, started preschool in the 2’s class in 1992. I was the class co-coordinator and the vice president before I was hired as a teacher. My son, Adam, and I began preschool together when he was two, and here I am… still in pre-school!

My husband, Greg, a retired captain for the Clark County Fire Dept., and I have been married for 20+ years. It seems as though the Co-op has always been a big part of our lives. I will always be thankful to the Co-op, and all the children and their families, who have blessed my life with friendship, patience, wisdom, and strength for the journey.

 

 

SchulteMeryl Schulte – M/W 4’s teacher

I started at the co-op when my daughter was four. The next year, my son started in the 4’s class. Now, I’m starting in the 4’s! I’m so grateful for the experience my family has had at the co-op, and I hope to pass on that love for play and community to my own 4’s class.

While I worked towards my Associate in Business, I worked with children at the Las Vegas Art Museum as a docent and later assisted a program in forming lesson plans about nutrition for school-aged children. I became a substitute teacher in 2013 and enjoyed the experience of teaching all ages and settings in the school district. I’m thrilled to partner with Mrs. Alexanian and be part of an amazing team of teachers and families at the co-op.

 

 

AlexanianAmy Alexanian – T/Th 4’s teacher

I began my journey as a parent when my son began at the Kids’ Co-op in 2010. I got involved by helping new families as a class coordinator. Soon after I was a fundraiser, managing the Co-op’s annual race. But, I was really hooked by the magic that happened in all the classrooms at the Co-op.

I have taught private piano and voice, group preschool music, elementary classroom music and am looking forward to my next adventure as a preschool teacher. I am excited to teach with Mrs. Shulte and learn with a team of experienced, knowledgeable teachers.

 

 

vickyVicky Thompson – Office Administrator & Teacher Support

I have a BA from NAU in Business Administration with an emphasis in data processing and have taken several seminars in early childhood education. Before coming to the Co-op, I worked for Pepsi for fourteen years in the computer department.

My husband, Curt, and I have a son named Matt, who attended the Co-op for three years and is now a student at UNLV. I have worked as a working parent, a teacher sub, served on the Board and taught the 2’s class for three years. I am currently working in the office, primarily serving as the teacher support position.