|Jody Halley – 8th year at Play and Prep
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- 7th 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 the Solon High School PTA, coaches robotics, and enjoys exercising. She lives in Solon with her husband, Peter, and her three children, Silas, Simone and Wyatt.
|Carol Juergemeier – 10th 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.
|Kaitlyn Pecherkiewicz- 4th year at Play and Prep
PreK Teacher (Willow)
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.
|Rainy Titus- 2nd year at Play and Prep
PreK Assistant Teacher (Willow)
Rainy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from The University of the Thai Chamber of commerce and an Associates Degree in Medical Billing & Coding from Remington College. She also has completed an international cultural exchange Au pair Program. She has been involved in the education community in Solon PTAs, Solon P.O.P., Solon Early Childhood PTA, and Volunteering in the Solon Schools. In her free time she exercises and teaches cooking (Thai food). She lives in Solon with her Husband, Ben, two kids Bella and Kepler and a lovely golden retriever Margie.
|Julie Coussa – 1st year at Play and Prep
Pre K Assistant Teacher (Oak)
Julie has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While a student at UCLA, she lived abroad for two years in Granada, Spain, where she studied Spanish Literature and Psychology at the University of Granada and also worked as a private English teacher and tutor. Julie also received her multiple subject (K-8) teaching credential from California State University San Marcos. She volunteers in the Solon Schools and on their PTAs. Julie loves to cook, dance and spend time with her family. She lives in Solon with her husband, John, two daughters, Natalie and Emily, and their two cats, Bozley and Theo.
|Kiersti Critchfield – 1st year at Play and Prep
PreK Teacher (Sweetgum)
Kiersti has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Management from Ohio University. Prior to Play and Prep preschool, Kiersti was the director of Children Ministries at Federated Church and prepared and taught classes and programing for children from birth to 6 th grade. Kiersti was also a Jazzercise instructor for five years and now takes classes as a customer. Kiersti enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling. She and her husband, Matthew reside in Chesterland with their four children Eli, Noah, Hope and Eve and their two dogs, Red and Chip.
|Lesley Perlberg – 6th year at Play and Prep
3s (Maple) 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.
|Sarah Welch – 1st year at Play and Prep
3s (Maple) Assistant Teacher
Sarah has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from Ohio University. She is involved in Twinsburg PTAs and Girl Scouts. In her free time she enjoys watching her daughters’ soccer games, baking and playing board games. She lives in Twinsburg with her husband (Andy), two daughters (Hallie and Marissa) and her dog (Bella).
|Patti Mauldin – 2nd year at Play and Prep
2s and 3s Teacher (Beech)
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.
|Leah Streem – 1st year at Play and Prep
3s Assistant Teacher (Beech)