Our Teachers

Carol Juergemeier – 8th 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 – 6th 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, the Girl Scouts and plays in the Solon Community Band. She lives in Solon with her husband, Scott and her two children, Trevor and Taryn.


Emily Johnson- 5th year at Play and Prep

Creative Movement 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 – 4th year at Play and Prep

Music Teacher and Extended Day 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.


Teresa Schofalvi – 8th year at Play and Prep

3/4’s Teacher

Teresa has a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Dowling College in New York. She has spent the last 32 years teaching, tutoring and/or volunteering in schools with children ages birth to 21 in New York and Ohio. She formerly lived in Solon for 12 years and currently lives in Hudson with her husband, Karl-Heinz, two daughters, Amanda and Amelia and two Dachshunds, Cupcake and Bridget.


Sally Chapek- 7th year at Play and Prep

Science Teacher and 3/4’s Assistant Teacher

Sally has a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design from Kent State University. Her hobbies include sewing, singing in the Spirit Fire Praise Team at SUMC, taekwondo and playing clarinet in the Solon Community Band. She lives in Solon with her husband, Jason and three children, Charlie, Collin and Carter.


Laurel Cline – 5th year at Play and Prep

Pre K Teacher, Messy Monday/Outdoor Class Teacher and Extended Day Teacher

Laurel is a few classes away from a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education at Cleveland State University. She enjoys music and art, and any chance to get outside. She lives with her cat, Roscoe.


Laura Kosnik – 5th year at Play and Prep

Pre K Teaching Assistant, Lunch Bunch

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- 4th 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 – 3rd year at Play and Prep

Pre K Teaching Assistant, Early Bird and Extended Day

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- 2nd year at Play and Prep

3s Teacher, 2s Assistant and Extended Day

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.


Julie Seitz- 2nd year at Play and Prep

3s Assistant Teacher

Julie has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Caldwell University in Caldwell, NJ. She has been involved in preschool education as an assistant preschool teacher and substitute preschool teacher for the past 6 years and has been a children’s yoga teacher for the past 4 years at several preschools in the Cuyahoga/Summit area. She lives in Twinsburg with her husband, Werner, her two children, Hannah and Joe, and their dog, Biscuit. In her free time, Julie loves to go camping! 🙂


Carla Finelli – 1st year at Play and Prep

2s Teacher
Carla studied Education at Kent State University and she currently holds the State of Ohio Certification in Early Childhood Education. She has over 13 years of experience teaching preschool and has worked as a certified health aide for Solon City Schools. Most recently, she taught PreK at Pioneer Preschool after being a stay at home mom for ten years. Her hobbies include volunteering with Solon PTA, party planning and spending time with her family. Carla and her husband Anthony live in Solon with their 9-year-old son Dominic, their morkie pup Marshall, and Carla’s mom Maria. She is excited to begin her career with Play and Prep Preschool.


Katie Verbiar – 1st year at Play and Prep

Assistant Teacher
Katie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education. She got that degree at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. She has volunteered on many occasions before she was an Assistant Teacher at Play and Prep Preschool. In her free time, she likes to sing, dance, and act. She lives with her dad Joe, her mom Mary Kaye and her little sister Rachel in Solon, Ohio.