This is Lori’s 11th year as Director of Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool. She first became involved with Preschool as a devoted parent helper in daughter Kaysia’s class, then joined the staff as a teacher in 2003 before becoming Director.
Lori enjoys kids of all ages and has taught middle and high school biology and coached high school and college sports. She was a founding board member of the Southeast Enrichment Resource School (SEER School), a multi-age learning community providing educational options for the kids of Sitka.
Lori as B.S. degree in Biology from the University of California - Davis and earned her teaching certificate at Sonoma State University. She has also completed a Masters in Public Administration and Non-Profit Management and continues to take classes in Early Childhood Education.
Lori has lived in Sitka for 20 years and in Southeast Alaska for 25 years. She is also owner of Rose Fisheries, a seafood marketing business. Lori enjoys yoga, hiking, gardening, animals, building things and especially having fun with her sixteen-year-old daughter Kaysia.
TONI OLSON - Teacher
This is Toni's fifth year teaching at Mt, Edgecumbe Preschool. Toni came to Sitka in 1993 to pursue her dream of commercial fishing. She owned and operated the salmon trollers F/V Magic and F/V Melody S before teaming up with her husband Paul Olson in 2004. They now spend their summers fishing together on the F/V Valient Hunter.
When Toni became a grandmother to grandson Orion she discovered a passion for playing, teaching and joining with children as they discover the world around them. She thrives in the ongoing challenge oflearning and growing with the kids and continuously strives to find new ways to enrich the preschool experience. Toni is excited to teach at Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool and she participates in ongoing education in Early Childhood Education.
LAURIE POITRA - Teacher
Laurie Reading to Children
Laurie began teaching at Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool in 2001 and through the spring of 2005. She continued teachings at another early childhood preschool from 2005 through the spring of 2013 and returned to Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool in the fall of 2013.
Laurie attended and graduated from Miles Community College in Montana and also attended Seattle Pacific University. She earned her Child Development associated in 2008 and continues to hold this current preschool teaching credential from the National Association in Washington D.C. Laurie has continued to earn credits in Early Childhood Education from the University of Alaska Southeast through the Association for the Education of Young Children of Southeast Alaska. She is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children also known as AEYC.
Laurie and her husband Lawrence came to Southeast Alaska from Montana. They have spent most of their adult lives in Sitka along with their three sons, Jamie, Jeff & Stephen. Their two youngest sons attended Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool.
Laurie loves spending time with young children. She believes that each child is a treasure and that they each bring joy, fun, imagination and wonder filled possibilities to those around them. Laurie believes that since early childhood is so short and so important, her responsibility is to help provide each preschooler with a nurturing, exciting childhood that will last them a lifetime.
CHRISTY WILLIAMS - Teacher
Christy teaches in the afternoon class at Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool. Her favorite things to do with kids include messy projects such as finger paint, clay, cornmeal, water play and shaving cream. Singing with and reading to children bring her joy. She enjoys exploring art, block building, and dramatic play as she learns from and with your children. Christy recommends the National Institute for Play's website as a good resource.
Christy has taught in preschools and children's centers for thirty years. She has a degree in Elementary Education and has completed graduate course work in Early Childhood and Human Development.
Christy says that Sitka is a great place to grow up! Christy grew up in Sitka and has raised her sons Peter and Trevor here. Her parents, Frank and Ruth Roth and sisters Gwen and Jessica live here as well. While nationally children aren't outside enough (and suffer from nature deficit disorder), Sitka kids have every opportunity to explore an incredible natural world.
Christy is married to Stan Schoening. Stan is an artist in wood and clay, and is especially interested in Northwest Coast art forms.