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The Teachers
All our staff members at Through The Garden Gate Preschool have two things in common: they all love working with children everyday and they are extensively educated and trained in the field of early childhood education and development. These are very important elements of a high quality preschool experience for your child.


Marilyn Mers-Hardison
Owner / Director
Lead Teacher for 9:00am-12:30 Class and Eagles Class
B.S. in Early Childhood Education / Special Ed.
Over 35 years teaching experience and 175+ continuing education hours in Early Childhood Teaching


Jody Penick
Lead Teacher for 8:30am to 12:00 noon Class
Over 15 years teaching experience
Over 120 hours Early Childhood classes/workshops


Rachel Simpson​
Assistant Teacher for Morning and Eagles Classes