Our Staff

Our Staff

StephanieStephanie Waldo, teacher, has been with the preschool since 1987. Stephanie discovered CCNS when she was looking for a part time position that would support her desire to spend time with her then 2-year-old (and second on the way). Her teaching background is working with emotionally and behaviorally disturbed kids. Stephanie’s favorite things about the CCNS program include the CCNS philosophy on the importance of play, watching the kids learn to work out their own problems, and having parents in her class. Stephanie believes parents can take skills modeled and learned in the classroom into the home. It is enjoyable for her to see parents come in and want to spend this quality time with their child.

This skilled teacher believes in the sound philosophy of CCNS and believes it is precisely what keeps this school going strong. As society changes, and our day to day lives may seem more stressful than in past generations, Stephanie sees consistency and a feeling of security in CCNS. She also loves to see more fathers involved in the classrooms than ever before and more grandparents having an active role in children’s lives. She truly believes that it is no accident that parents seek out CCNS year after year. People are drawn to the goodness of the school and nothing but great children graduate from it.

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TerryTerry Crandall, teacher, is a mother of two CCNS alumni who are now both in their 20′s. Terry has taught at CCNS since 1988. She continues to teach at CCNS because of the children and the philosophy which embodies hands on learning, great field trips, and socialization through experience.

She loves children, nature, animals, family, friends, overalls, heart-shaped rocks, books, and hiking. Terry has three cats and a dog. Her favorite color is green (ask any of her students!) and soon after you know her, you’ll know her favorite animal is the giraffe. Her favorite part of the school days is “All of it”!  On a personal level, she and her children have made lifelong friends.

Terry feels the co-op binds the school community together. Children learn that their parents value them and it builds a rapport between all involved. She also knows that the school is successful because parents like to be involved with their child’s education. Additionally, research has shown that the philosophy of socialization, which includes getting along, problem solving, and asking for help, raises a child’s social IQ and produces happy, confident, and joyful children.

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WhitneyCathleen Wilkes, CCNS director, discovered her passion for working with children through a community summer camp. While obtaining her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, she spent her summers as a camp counselor and realized working with children was purposeful, fulfilling, and fun! She went on to receive her M.Ed. from Marymount University and has since worked in schools in various roles. Her organizational, administrative, and teaching skills make her a perfect fit for Director of CCNS. She has personally seen the benefit of a play-based preschool as she has three children who have either graduated or currently attend CCNS. She believes the classrooms here genuinely foster curiosity and learning by encouraging children to engage and explore their world through play. Cathleen holds office hours on site and she’s always happy to help with questions or concerns. If you don’t catch her at school, feel free to email her at director@ccnsslc.com, or call her at 385.743.0114.