Staff

Carol Juergemeier – 9th year at Play and Prep

 

Outdoor Education Program Coordinator/Teacher

Carol has a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a minor in Psychology from Guilford College and holds a current Professional Early Childhood (P-3) License in the State of Ohio. She has been teaching preschool for the last fifteen years both in Pittsburgh and Solon. She spends her free time reading and being outside. She lives in Solon with her husband Scott Mabey and has three grown children, Joel, Clark and Elsa.

Jody Halley – 7th year at Play and Prep

 

Director

Jody has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and a minor in Education from Baldwin Wallace University and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University. She is involved with volunteering in the Solon Schools and plays in the Solon Community Band. She lives in Solon with her husband, Scott and her two children, Trevor and Taryn

Emily Johnson- 6th year at Play and Prep

 

Creative Movement/Stem Teacher and Assistant Director

Emily has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a specialization in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology from James Madison University. She is involved in Solon PTAs, coaches Lego robotics, and enjoys exercising. She lives in Solon with her husband, Peter, and her three children, Silas, Simone and Wyatt.

Lesley Perlberg – 5th year at Play and Prep

 

Music Teacher and 3s Teacher

Lesley has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing from Kent State University. She previously taught dance, gymnastics and music at The Little Gym. Lesley is involved with Solon PTAs, running her accessory business, and watching her kids sporting events. She lives in Solon with her husband, David and two kids, Grace and Alex.

Sally Chapek- 8th year at Play and Prep

 

Assistant Teacher

Sally has a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design from Kent State University. Her hobbies include sewing, owning an Etsy shop, singing in the Spirit Fire Praise Team at SUMC, taekwondo (attained black belt status) and playing clarinet in the Solon Community Band. She lives in Solon with her three children, Charlie, Collin and Carter.

Laurel Cline – 6th year at Play and Prep

 

Outdoor Class Teacher

Laurel has completed Early Childhood Education coursework at Cleveland State University and hopes to be able to finish her degree soon. She enjoys music and art and any chance to get outside. She lives in Mentor with her cat, Roscoe.

Laura Kosnik – 6th year at Play and Prep

 

Assistant Teacher

Laura studied at Lake Erie College and Cleveland State University and has a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Prior to Play and Prep she worked for the Fairport Harbor and Solon Public Schools. Laura and her husband Don live in Solon and have three children Anne, John and Rachel.

Margie Balog- 5th year at Play and Prep

 

Pre K Teacher

Margie studied Early Childhood Education at Lakeland Community College. She has recently obtained her CDA in Preschool Education. Margie has over 14 years of experience in teaching Preschool. She is very involved with her children through school and sports. She lives in Mayfield Heights with her husband Don, three children Alex, Jacob and Gianna and her puggle Lola.

Carmela Fakler – 4th year at Play and Prep

 

Assistant Teacher

Carmela has worked in the Solon Schools for 18 years, most recently as a Kindergarten Aide, following a career as a stay at home Mom and before that a Legal Secretary for GE. She has a degree from Lakeland Community College. Carmela and her husband, Brian, live in Solon and have four adult children. She is recently retired and is excited to be work with children again at Play and Prep.

Kaitlyn Pecherkiewicz- 3rd year at Play and Prep

 

Pre K Teacher

Kaitlyn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wittenberg University as well as a Master’s Degree in Human Development/Family Studies from Kent State University and a Master’s Degree in Applied Social Sciences from Case Western Reserve University. Kaitlyn has worked with youth in a variety of settings including a residential treatment facility, a school-based therapy program, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, and an in-home daycare. In her free time Kaitlyn runs a small photography business and enjoys reading. Kaitlyn lives in Reminderville with her husband, Eric, and their two kids, Anna and Ryan.

  Patti Mauldin – 1st year at Play and Prep

 

3s Teacher

Patti has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Akron. She has previously taught dance, first grade, and a combined 7-8th grade Montessori class. Patti lives in Solon with her husband Mark, two children, Isaac and Melanie, and dog Charlie.

  Emily Harrigan – 1st year at Play and Prep

 

Assistant Teacher

Emily has a Bachelor’s in Child Life as a Child Life Specialist and a minor in Family and Child Development from The University of Akron. Prior to Play and Prep, she worked at Rainbow, Babies and Children’s Hospital where she worked with children of all ages and developmental levels. Emily is also currently an English as a Second Language teacher and enjoys spending time at her cottage in Pennsylvania. Emily lives in Aurora with her son, Blake, and their cat, Lucy.