Our Teachers

The teachers are the heart of any preschool experience.  At CHUP, our certified teachers offer a warm and caring environment in which to learn and grow. Both teachers participate in continuing education through the Greater Detroit Cooperative Preschool Teachers’ Association.

Mrs. Beth Wagensomer- 3’s and 4’s Class Teacher

Mrs. Wagensomer, or Ms. Beth as the kids call her, is a well established teacher and has taught both here in Michigan and internationally.   Ms. Beth studied Early Childhood Education and Spanish at Central Michigan University and La Universidad Del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Upon graduation she joined the Peace Corps as an education volunteer. During her service, she lived and worked in Bolivia, teaching English and early childhood classes in a remote village. Before joining the CHUP family, Ms. Beth spent 7 years teaching for the Head Start program in the downriver community. Ms. Beth and her husband Josh now reside in Allen Park where they enjoy playing board games, gardening and spending time with their three daughters, Miriam, Naomi, and Lydia.

A Note from Ms. Beth

I am so excited to embark on another great year at CHUP! I am looking forward to growing as an early childhood educator and learning right alongside my students!

I strongly believe that one of the most important factors in a child’s development is family involvement.  I am delighted to be part of a program that encourages family participation and fosters a sense of community within the school environment. As an alumni of a co-op preschool myself, I am excited to now be part of creating that same type of learning environment I enjoyed as a young child.

Here at CHUP children will be given the opportunity to learn through play and exploration. They will be allowed the freedom to use their imaginations, create, experiment, problem solve and build relationships with their peers. A child’s “work” truly is and always should be PLAY. These experiences will expose children to math, science, literacy and other academic concepts in a meaningful way. The teachers and parents will provide support to allow each child the opportunity to grow, flourish and develop at their own pace.

It is my personal goal that each child leaves our program having developed a true love of learning.  I want them to be active learners who seek out knowledge, take pride in their skills and dream big. I want them to learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them. I hope for them to accept each other and to feel accepted. I want them to learn to work together and help each other. It is my hope that they will learn to express their emotions, thoughts and opinions in a constructive and respectful manner. These social/emotional and problem solving skills are just as important as any academic knowledge they gain. I truly hope that all students gain the confidence needed to take on life’s challenges and that they feel comfortable seeking out guidance when they need it.

In a world where children seem to grow up too fast, I hope to give them a happy, loving place to PLAY and just be little!

Mrs. Margaret Hadley – Parent-Tot Class Teacher

Mrs. Hadley began teaching at CHUP Preschool in the fall of 2007, after having been a member and serving on the board while her own children attended the school.  She has lived in Michigan all her life, growing up in Livonia, then moving to Dearborn after marrying.  She attended Eastern Michigan University and received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  She has earned 18 credit hours in the Guidance and Counseling Master’s program from Eastern Michigan University.  Margaret is active in the community and schools.  She has served as a Cub Scout Den Leader, Daisy Co-Leader and actively volunteers in her children’s schools.  Mrs. Hadley and her husband Darwin reside in Dearborn and have three children:  DJ, Nicholas, and Megan.

A Note from Mrs. Hadley

My three children all had the wonderful opportunity of attending CHUP Preschool.  I feel so fortunate to be able to be back at CHUP as the three-year-old teacher.  My family has benefited greatly from the experiences and memories of attending CHUP.  It provided the chance for me to participate in my children’s education, as well as meet other dedicated parent.  The co-op program allowed me to work in the classroom and to serve as a board member.  I loved being able to observe my children using their imagination and making new friends. CHUP encourages preschoolers to have fun in a safe learning environment.  

The program is based on a developmental philosophy.  CHUP focuses on learning through playing and exploration.  Free play in the classroom provides the best possible learning environment and helps young children develop many skills.  It encourages children to have fun by providing age appropriate toys, crafts, music and hands on curriculum.  Children will be exposed to group time, which offers stories, calendar and weather discussion, finger plays, and movement through music.  CHUP also has many opportunities for outside enrichment to help your child learn about the world around them. CHUP Preschool offers parents the wonderful gift of sharing in their children’s education.  Its program provides a combination of resources to enhance and inspire learning and discovery.  Playing stimulates the three-year-olds cognitive and creative development, as a co-op parent you will have the opportunity to observe and participate in your child’s learning.  This experience will bring great joy as you watch your preschooler grow and learn. 

My goal for each child is to help foster confidence and independence.  I want each child to feel special in my classroom and enjoy coming to CHUP Preschool.  This may be your child’s first encounter with school or being away from you.  I want to help make this transition a positive pleasant experience.  It is my hope that the experiences your preschooler has at CHUP will inspire and enrich their lives.

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