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:
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 25 years at Pooh Corner.
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 6 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 11 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.
Emily Louria has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Eastern Michigan University. She believes in a nurturing, supportive, and exploratory play-based environment that is child led. She believes that children are natural learners and should be able to question, examine, and investigate their curiosities. Emily is a Saline Area Schools alum and started her education journey back in 2002 when she was a student at Pooh Corner.
Emily Gala has an educational background in special education and has been working with children for many years, most recently owning and operating an in-home daycare. She also worked for Community Education’s before and after school care for several years. She is looking forward to seeing your child grow socially and academically. This is her first year teaching at Pooh Corner.
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 16 years.