Our Teachers

Melissa Egan

melissaMelissa Egan started teaching the Tadpoles at Downey in 2007 after seven years of being a co-op parent. Her past experience, including being a preschool teacher from toddlers to four-year-olds and a grade school volunteer, make her a great fit for the Downey team. As a co-op parent, she held a variety of positions, including president, and served on the board of ICPC. Melissa has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Western Kentucky University and received specialized training in early childhood education at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Melissa is a calming presence in the classroom and enjoys building relationships with the parents. She loves being in nature, spending time with her family, and laughing as often as possible.

Staci Lovold

IMG_6616Staci Lovold has a bachelor’s degree in kindergarten-primary education from Indiana State University and a master of arts degree in curriculum development and mild interventions from the University of Indianapolis. She has taught kindergarten and first grade and served as a literacy coach for K-8 students for several years before joining the teaching team at Downey.  Staci has had two children progress through cooperative preschools and has held a variety of roles during that time, including the health & safety chairperson, class representative, and membership chairperson. As Downey’s Frog and Leapfrog Kindergarten teacher, her goal is to meet all of the children where they are developmentally and help them progress from that point using developmentally appropriate activities and materials.  She is looking forward to learning more about the families joining the class.

Mindy Dant

IMG_2833Frog teacher. Bio COMING SOON!

Angie Burck

IMG_3332Lily Pad and Polliwog teacher. Bio COMING SOON!