Staff

Jody Halley – 9th year at Play and Prep

Director/2s Assistant

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- 8th year at Play and Prep

Assistant Director and Creative Movement/Stem Teacher

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 – 11th 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 seventeen 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.

Carol Eisenberg – 1st year at Play and Prep

Outdoor Assistant

Carol has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cleveland State University. She has been involved with the Solon PTA while her kids were in the district. Carol has also been a substitute teacher and crossing guard for the Solon School District. In her free time, Carol enjoys baking, gardening, hiking and visiting her kids at college. She lives in Solon with her husband Steve, and her children, Ben and Sydney.

Kaitlyn Pecherkiewicz – 5th year at Play and Prep

PreK 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.

Laura Eck – 1st year at Play and Prep

4/5s Teacher

Laura has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University, and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Cleveland State University. She is involved in the Solon School’s PTA and Solon Early Childhood PTA. Laura also teaches Stroller Strides, a mommy & me workout class. She lives in Solon with her husband, Stephen, and their children, Claire and Colin, and cat, Moo.

Rainy Titus- 3rd year at Play and Prep

Assistant Teacher

Rainy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and an Associate’s 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.

Kiersti Critchfield – 2nd year at Play and Prep

4/5s Teacher

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 6th 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.

Jennifer Schusterman – 1st year at Play and Prep

Assistant Teacher

Jennifer was born and raised in Mayfield Height. Lives in Solon with husband Jeremy and their children Noah and Emma.

Lesley Perlberg – 7th year at Play and Prep

3/4s 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 children, Grace and Alex.

Sarah Welch – 2nd year at Play and Prep

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 – 3rd year at Play and Prep

2s and 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 and dog Charlie and has two children, Isaac and Melanie, who attend Belmont University in Nashville.

Julie Coussa – 2nd year at Play and Prep

Assistant Teacher

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.

Julie Seitz

Assistant Teacher and Yoga

Julie has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Caldwell University in Caldwell, NJ. She previously taught both adult and children’s yoga classes and was the assistant teacher in the 3s at Play & Prep in 2018 and 2019 as well as a substitute teacher last year. In her free time Julie enjoys camping, kayaking, paddleboarding, reading and watching her son play football. She lives in Twinsburg with her husband (Werner), her son (Joe) and her two dogs (Biscuit and Bean). Her daughter is a freshman at The Ohio State University.