Our teachers have years of teaching experience with young children and have educational backgrounds in elementary education and early childhood.
Each classroom is staffed with two professional and experienced teachers. Our staff is dedicated to provide children a nurturing and supportive learning environment. We focus on a hands-on approach using manipulative materials and real-life situations in science and math curriculum. Discovery and exploration are encouraged in all of the learning activities. Twice a year parent and teacher conferences are conducted to inform parents about the child's development and progress.
A brief education background and experience of each Pooh Corner Preschool staff member:
Sarah Brooks has an Associates Degree in Child Development from Washtenaw Community College, as well as training in HighScope. Sarah believes when children have experienced a positive and trusting relationship with their teachers in their first school years, they will have a strong foundation for their future educational journey. Sarah has taught for 14 years at Pooh Corner.
Terrie Eroh has a Bachelor’s degree in Science and in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Eastern Michigan University. Terrie believes children learn best with hands on experiences to develop their physical, social and cognitive skills in a positive, caring environment. Terrie has taught for 22 years at Pooh Corner.
Lucinda Richmond has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan as well as a Master’s of Science and Ph.D. in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. Lucinda believes that a positive preschool experience builds the foundation for successful learning throughout a child’s educational career. Her goal is to instill a love for learning in her students so that they experience a joy of learning that will last a lifetime. Lucinda has been working with children for many years including teaching preschool children.
India Sobieski earned her post baccalaureate teaching certificate in Elementary Education with a focus on Science from Eastern Michigan University and her Master’s Degree in Reading from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. India believes preschool is a time for children to grow and learn through exploration and self-directed inquiry. She believes it is her task to help them in their growth by providing an engaging learning environment that is safe, supportive, and nurturing. India has taught for 3 years at Pooh Corner.
Pranvera Usein has a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics and Reading from Eastern Michigan University. She believes in creating a safe, collaborative, and ongoing learning environment. Pranvera believes that children learn by doing and exploring while providing them the appropriate tools to reach and become the best they can be. Pranvera has taught for 2 years at Pooh Corner.
Heidi Woltemath has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. She believes that it is her job to guide the children through many different experiences and activities. She believes it is her responsibility as a teacher to use her knowledge and passion to reach each child and give him/her the skills and experiences necessary to be the greatest individual he/she can be. Heidi has taught for 9 years at Pooh Corner.
Lauren VanderPloeg has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from Western Michigan University and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from DePaul University in Chicago. She also has a ZA endorsement. She believes that all children are unique and thrive in an educational environment where they can grow socially, emotionally, physically, and mentally. She has been teaching preschool for several years.
Su-Fen Lin is the Director of the Pooh Corner Program. Su-Fen has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Michigan University. She taught children from 0-5 years old and has more than 20 years of experience working with children and parents, including 10 years as an Early Childhood Program Director for the University of Michigan. Su-Fen believes a developmental approach to early education through spontaneous, and integrated curriculum, children build strong foundations for learning. Su Fen has been with Pooh Corner for 13 years.