Cindy is a Durham native with over 20 year in the early childhood education field. She has worked with children from infancy up to five years old in the preschool setting. Cindy joined Our PlayHouse Preschool in 2013.
In her spare time Cindy enjoys reading, decorating, walking, bingo and spending time with her family.
Paula is originally from Pennsylvania, but has lived in North Carolina for over thirty years. She earned a BS in Elementary Education from Indiana University of PA and a Masters in Early Childhood from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She worked many years in the public school system both as K/4 and Kindergarten teacher. Additionally she has taught in Head Start programs, was involved with several research projects on quality early childhood settings and supervised undergraduate student teachers. Throughout her many years in the field she has fought to provide young children appropriate, safe and warm environments. She believes children should be free to explore and discover in their own way and in their own time. She values each child, strives to listen, observe and follow their lead. She was very happy to find her way to Sprout House and fully embraces Reggio inspired learning.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, four grown children and grandson Leo! She can often be seen running (well jogging), reading on the beach, or just enjoying the wonder and surprise of each day.
Amy Smith has a degree in Psychology, which she earned from Guilford College. As a Durham native Amy has a deep love for the community and enjoys the emphasis the Reggio approach puts on those relationships. With over five years of Reggio Emilia experience, and with eight years as an educator, Amy uses her love of reading, singing, playing and connecting to create an environment that is both comforting and empowering to toddlers and preschoolers.
Marissa joined the OPH community this year and is excited to continue to teach in a Reggio inspired environment. Marissa recently moved to NC from New Hampshire where she worked at the University of New Hampshire as an early childhood educator/mentoring teacher for aspiring educators in the field. Marissa has a B.A. in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies with a certification in Early Childhood Development and Education from the University of Connecticut. While teaching at the Child Study and Development Center at UNH for the past 3 years Marissa earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from UNH. Marissa is passionate about taking a child lead approach to education and fostering children’s natural love of learning by supporting them as cocreators of their own learning experiences.
When she’s not teaching Marissa enjoys exploring the Raleigh/Durham area with her boyfriend Vlad and their dog Jax.
Josh Rodgers has been involved with early childhood education since 2001. He has served as a floater for early childhood programs, taught pre-k and Kindergarten for six years, and served as both an after-school and camp program director. He continues to be a camp director for Congressional Camps’ 3-5-year old program since 2007.
Josh believes in the importance of project-based learning, natural environment exposure, and managed-risk experiences that grow children’s independence and self-development. A former theater major, he also delights in integrating children’s literature and music into the classroom’s learning atmosphere. He believes each child learns and grows uniquely, and supports independent education that focuses on children as individuals.
During his downtime, Josh enjoys reading, cooking, theater performances, and spending time with his partner, Kevin, and their dog Lily. With a large love for his family, he also travels back to the Northern Virginia/DC area regularly to visit his parents, young niece, and many siblings.
After working with children in different capacities over the years, Meghan is excited to work with children in a school that utilizes the Reggio-Emilia philosophy. She believes children learn best when they are encouraged to follow their interests and that the role of the teacher is to be a co-learner. Most recently, she was working at a Waldorf-inspired school in Portland, Oregon. Meghan moved to Durham this spring with her partner in order to build an intentional community with their friends. Now they all live in the same cul-de-sac!
Besides working at Our PlayHouse, Meghan enjoys exploring her new home, sharing meals with loved ones, going van camping with her partner, and hopes to get involved with more social justice movements in the area. Meghan graduated from Linfield College with a degree in Environmental Studies and hopes to share her enthusiasm for the natural world with her students, learning more about our local environment in the process.
Emily earned a degree in Art Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts. She taught art classes to one to twelve year olds in a community center in Beacon Hill in Boston. In addition to teaching at the community center, Emily directed the summer camp programs, weekend workshops, and community events for the greater Boston area. Emily has worked with children of all ages and diverse backgrounds for over nine years; both one-on-one and in the classroom environment.
Emily’s passion for teaching and working with young children comes from her family of teachers. Working at camps and teaching for almost a decade Emily loves being able to give children the tools to express themselves and learn new exciting things about the world around them. She is excited to be working in a Reggio inspired school where the children are able to learn, play, and explore. Emily has a passion for the arts and is excited to incorporate this into the classroom.
In her free time, Emily loves to explore her new town of Raleigh with her husband, play with her handsome cat Elliot, travel around the world and visit with her friends and family; especially her niece and nephew in MA. She also can be found making crafts and loves exploring and developing new ideas for art projects.
Liz is a native of Lexington, Kentucky; which is where she attended the University of Kentucky and earned a BA in Psychology. Shortly after graduation, she moved to San Francisco where she worked for over a decade as a compliance and operations management professional in the financial services industry. In 2011, she and her family relocated to Chapel Hill. This cross country move granted Liz the opportunity to change careers and pursue her lifelong dream of working with young children.
Liz began working at Our PlayHouse Preschool Chapel Hill in early 2014 before joining the OPH staff full-time for the 2014-15 school year. Liz is passionate about the Reggio philosophy and loves the opportunity it provides her to wonder and inquire right along with the children. She values classroom relationships and believes in ongoing collaboration between children, teachers, parents and the broader community.
In her free time, Liz enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband and two daughters. She also loves running the local trails, cooking, and traveling to new places.
Sally has over a decade of early childhood educational experience, including ten years in preschool and preK classrooms and two years of school administration experience, including serving as the Head of Admissions at an independent PreK-8th school in Brooklyn. Sally loves working with children and families and is passionate about creating strong school communities and deepening those connections with the larger community of Durham.
Sally has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Clark University and a double masters degree in Infant and Parent Development and Early Intervention, and Early Childhood General and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education. Sally is a proud parent to a current OPH preschooler and an OPH graduate and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.