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Joan Derryberry, Teacher
3s, Multi-Age and 4/5s Preschool Classes

“Miss Joan” is a graduate from Lima Technical College/Ohio State University ​with a degree in Child Development. She is a member of the Ohio and National Association of the Education of Young Children and is a Certified Ohio Preschool Teacher. Miss Joan was Licking County's Early Childhood Educator of the ​Year in 2001, and joined the Co-op in 2007. She has enjoyed raising her twin daughters in Granville with her husband, Ray, and has taught preschool for ​over 35 years.

"We could not have asked for a better preschool teacher for our kids than Miss Joan. She provides a kind, accepting and respectful environment for children to thrive in. Our kids did not speak any English when they enrolled, and Miss Joan has worked so wonderfully with our family during that time, in making sure we (the parents) and our kids were comfortable and understood. Our kids never felt different than their peers, and Miss Joan always supported us in keeping up with a second language. The transition to the elementary school was very easy and our kids were well prepared for kindergarten. We highly recommend the GPCP!"
--Cecile and Jordan Katz

"My son has had the privilege of having Miss Joan for the past two years, and I have had the privilege of being in the classroom to watch her teach. Miss Joan provides an environment where kids can become active problem solvers and where they can apply their thinking to the world around them. She enables the children to develop problem solving skills through play, talk, and interaction. Students are also provided authentic opportunities for learning with a play-based approach. Through these opportunities, they acquire language and deepen their understanding of numeracy concepts. As a kindergarten teacher, I believe learning through play is highly beneficial for preschool aged students. Learning through play provides the children an opportunity to establish their own internal motivation for behaving appropriately. Miss Joan's engaging, personalized, and integrated teaching allows students to think, create, explore, investigate, and share. Her classroom prepares students to develop the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they need to enter kindergarten."
​--Mariah Gibbs




Christina Phillips, Teacher
2s Preschool Class

"Miss Christina" comes to us with over 15 years of preschool teaching experience, including at another parent cooperative preschool in Montana. Her background includes teaching typically developing preschool students, as well as teaching students with special needs. Christina had three children attend the Co-op, and she served on the board, including as Board President of the Co-op from March 2008 through May 2009.

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How lucky we were that our son's very first teacher was someone as special as Miss Christina. When he walked in for his first day, as a shy two-year-old in a strange place among unknown children, he was understandably shy and quiet. But Miss Christina's unique warmth, approachability, and sincere interest in each child was immediately apparent, and she coaxed out their best and brightest selves. As the weeks and months went on, lightbulbs of learning went off, classmates became friends, and school became the highlight of the week. At the center of it all was Christina, beloved by children and parents alike. We will always treasure the role she played at the crucial beginning of our son's education." 
--Kim Byce and Trent Beers


"Miss Christina's personal strengths are her effective communication style with children and parents, her knowledge of child development, and her many years of experience as an educator. She is attentive to her young students and understands that all children need room to grow and explore. She meets them where they are and appreciates each child's individual strengths while supporting their needs."
​--Ceciel Shaw






Our teachers


Parents and students consistently rave about our caring, experienced teachers. The Co-op teachers are highly trained professionals with both degrees in education and many years experience teaching young children, including their own. Always wanting to advance their teaching methods, our teachers regularly pursue additional training and attend the Ohio National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference each year.