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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 Red Robins Class
B.S. in Early Childhood Education / Special Ed.
Over 25 years teaching experience and 120+ continuing education hours in Early Childhood Teaching


Jody Penick
Lead Assistant teacher
Over 8 years teaching experience
Over 60 hours Early Childhood classes/workshops


Birute Nelson
Assistant teacher
Over 15 years teaching experience
Elementary Ed. teaching degree
Over 120 hours Early Childhood education classes/workshops