Jillian Miles (more information coming)
Angie moved here from Atlanta, GA where she was a manager of System Operations for Norfolk Southern Railroad for nine years. She took six years off to raise her son, which inspired her to go back in the childhood field. She began her career working with children in 1996 when she worked as a pre-k teacher in Atlanta, GA.
Angie gained her early childhood credentials and plans to continue her education in early childhood and early intervention. She has been a teacher at OPH since 2013. In the classroom, Angie loves introducing new ways to use the children’s imagination through art and play.
Outside of school, Angie enjoys painting and cooking. Angie and her husband Jason have an eight-year-old son, Elijah.
Liz graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Psychology in 1998. Shortly after graduation, she moved to San Francisco where she worked for over ten years as a professional in the investment services industry. In 2011, her family relocated to North Carolina, which gave Liz the opportunity to spend more time at home with her two girls. It also allowed her the opportunity to make a career change and get back to her passion for working with young children.
Liz started as a sub with OPH in 2014. She is fascinated by children’s unique personalities and learning styles, and loves spending time learning outdoors. Twinklers come into the school as crawlers or new walkers, and Liz loves watching their physical strength and confidence explode as they learn to maneuver the outdoor classroom.
In her free time, Liz enjoys running, yoga, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Liz has been married to her husband Jon for 13 years, and they have two daughters, Mason (9) and Katherine (7). She loves to travel, and is looking forward to visiting London, England in the future.
Alex has worked with children in a variety of settings for the last fifteen years. She has an Associate’s Degree in Clay and is currently taking Early Childhood classes through Durham Tech. Alex fell in love with the Reggio-Emilia approach after substituting and floating at OPH. She loves the emergent project-based learning, and the emphasis on the environment as a teacher. She enjoys incorporating art into the classroom and really loves when kids go all in and get messy. After being in the Twinkle House last year, she is excited to loop up with her children to the Star House.
Alex lives in Durham and loves exploring all the good food and activities the city has to offer. She is an avid reader and enjoys knitting and cooking in her free time. On any given Saturday you can find her at a Bulls Game, listening to live music, or hiking at the Eno River with her partner Carl and their dog Zora.
Gretchen began working with children in 1998 as a nanny for a family friend. Over the next 12 years she was lucky enough to care for the children of three wonderful families. In 2010, Gretchen enthusiastically joined the team at OPH. Since beginning at OPH, she has earned her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Alamance Community College and is currently enrolled in the Human Development and Family Studies program at UNCG.
There are so many fun things Gretchen loves to do in the classroom, but her favorite thing is just to have conversations with the children. Gretchen loves hearing their stories, and tries to make a personal connection with the children through her own stories about life and family too.
Outside of work and school Gretchen cherishes her time with her husband Cory, and their vibrant daughter Evie. As a family they enjoy bonfires with friends, canoeing, camping, and spending time at the beach. Gretchen’s personal hobbies include dabbling in different art expressions, especially mixed media; enjoying the warmth of the NC sunshine through outdoor activities; and dancing in the kitchen while cooking!
Leslie joined our staff in 2012 with a variety of experiences working with young children. She developed toddler curriculum in a Montessori preschool and spent seven years working with families in international adoption.
Leslie graduated from Ithaca College in 1991, and also has post-partum doula, Montessori training, and NC Childcare credentials. She is currently working toward her NC Administrator Credentials.
Often called, “the toddler whisperer” by her co-teachers, Leslie exudes love and caring for her students, recognizing the gifts each individual brings, and the patience and nurturing needed to encourage each child to blossom. She particularly enjoys bringing music into the classroom.
During family time Leslie enjoys exercising, singing, playing, reading, swimming and spending time outdoors with her three children, Julia (13), David and Evan (10), and their dog Bella.
Kim’s love of teaching began at a young age. However, when it came to deciding what to do after high school she opted for a double degree in Communications and Costume Design from Virginia Tech. Quickly upon graduating, she realized she desperately wanted to teach. She got her K-6 teaching license from East Carolina University and began her teaching career as a Kindergarten teacher in Warren County. There, she developed a deep love for creating laughter and joy in the classroom. After a few years, she moved to Virginia where she worked for a Reggio-inspired school in a three-year-old room. This was her first introduction to the Reggio philosophy and she fell in love with the approach. After taking time off to raise her twins, she is ecstatic to be back in the classroom where she and her students can learn from each other while exploring the world around them.
After school hours, you can find Kim and her husband chasing after their twin boys and taking them on adventures. In the little spare time she has, she also enjoys designing custom costumes and running.
Megan graduated from UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Education in 2010 and has been teaching ever since. She taught second grade in Hillsborough before moving to Southport, North Carolina where she was a classroom teacher and literacy coach. Megan spent much of her time individualizing learning for her students and figuring out creative ways to bring curiosity and passion to learning. This included spear-heading the creation of a school garden and a giant cardboard arcade installation. While the Reggio approach is new to her, Megan has always recognized and fostered her students’ interests in the classroom. She is eager to see what a new family of Sun House students will teach her in the upcoming year!
Megan and her husband are pleased to be back in the Triangle with their new baby daughter, Anderson. In her free time, Megan enjoys sewing, farming, and adventuring- including long walks to the coffee shop with her two pups, Huxley and Fitzgerald.
We feel so lucky that Teacher Gwen knocked on the OPH door one day in 2012! Gwen is our superstar sub, floater, and afternoon nap helper, and she is beloved by teachers and students alike. Gwen is a long-term resident of the White Cross community, and her husband attended the original White Cross School that operated in our space in the 1930s and 40s!
Gwen has owned and operated her own in-home child care centers for years. We are so glad she found us when the time came for her to “retire!”
In her spare time, Gwen enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.
Danielle lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and four boys. She is passionate about children being children. Danielle and her family enjoy food, books, and traveling as a family.