LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

Guilford Park Preschool is currently registering for the 2021/2022 school year. Please call or email the Preschool Office for more information.

(336)282-6697

rwilloughby@guilfordpark.org

Here at Guilford Park you will see play based learning. The children are engaged and excited, the teachers are intentional with objectives. Our children leave Guilford Park prepared and ready to be life long learners!

We’re About The Little People…

QUALIFIED TEACHERS

We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful, experienced, and caring staff here at Guilford Park. Our turnover rate is very low, but because our teachers are professionals, there may come a time when one of them will decide to return to a full-time position.

PRACTICAL LEARNING

We provide opportunities to explore, read, sing, create and practice independence in the classroom.

PARENTS WELCOME

We have very engaged parents at our preschool and we welcome you to our school.

CLASSES

We offer classes from 3 months of age through your child’s Pre-K year.

Meet Our Teachers

REBECCA WILLOUGHBY
REBECCA WILLOUGHBY Director
Rebecca Willoughby, Becca is the preschool director. Becca looks forward to supporting our wonderful staff and each of you and your precious families. Becca has been teaching for over 20 years with experiences in Middle School Math and Science, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Summer Church Camps for children, ages 3-12, a Covid Teaching Pod and the delightful years at Guilford Park in the 2’s and 3’s classes. Her youngest daughter attended Guilford Park. There have been so many rewarding experiences over Becca’s career. A huge highlight is watching the children grow over a school year. Becca reflects, “In my class, we always created a learning journal. In the journal it highlights letter learning, number learning, monthly activities and learning objectives. The journal also captured physical growth, 1st day to last day of school, special books that were a part of our circle time, learning to cut with scissors, learning to write their name, sharing with friends, showing kindness to friends, just to name a few. The best part was that I got to experience each of those experiences every moment of every day. What a blessing I will always cherish. The beautiful part now in my new role, I get to see it across all of Guilford Park. What an abundant blessing.” Becca enjoys traveling with her husband and 2 daughters to the beach, mountains and in recent years out West (Utah, Nevada and Arizona) and New York City. They also enjoy visiting historical locations and taking local hikes. She enjoys walking her dog, cooking, baking and Netflix binging, especially Downton Abbey.

CAROLINE ASKEW
CAROLINE ASKEWOffice Assistant
Caroline is our wonderful administrative assistant, toddler teacher and we would all say, the heart of Guilford Park. You can find Caroline helping a class down the hall, collecting tuition, replying to emails, caring for our babies, getting band-aids and ice packs for boo boos, greeting families, just to name a few. Caroline has spent many years at Guilford Park with all four of her children, 2 daughters and 2 sons, attending Guilford Park, serving on our Preschool Committee, teaching in several classes and of course all of her support to keep us all going. Caroline loves to travel with her husband and children to the beach and the mountains. She loves jigsaw puzzles, hiking, watching football and basketball, Go Heels!
NANCY JESSUP
NANCY JESSUPLead Teacher - Crib Room
Nancy Jessup is our Crib Teacher. She has been caring for our babies for 20 years. Nancy’s memorable highlights have been thinking about a child’s laughter, hugs, bye-bye waves, first words, first steps and so much more! Nancy says, “One of the most touching experiences in working with babies and young children is the realization that a child has learned to trust me as their teacher. Also, some of my very first Guilford Park students are now working their way through college.” For the year ahead, “I would like each child to experience an exciting, fun-filled year of discovery and growth as they navigate through their early developmental stages.” Nancy loves to spend time with her adult children and husband. She loves to read, hike and play with her orange kitty, Sam.
KAITLYN WHITE
KAITLYN WHITEAssistant Teacher - Crib Room
Kaitlyn White is joining our staff after graduating from UNCG in December 2021 with a degree in Human Development Family Studies, Child Development and Family Studies and Sociology. Kaitlyn is looking forward to forming friendships with the parents of children in the Crib Room. She feels honored to have the opportunity to guide the tiniest people through their first year. From sitting up, to crawling and then to their first steps and words, she is excited to see each baby grow and develop their own personality! She is excited to have a bunch of tiny best friends! Kaitlyn babysits and enjoys making connections with different families across the area. Living with her parents fresh out of college means that they spend a lot of quality time together! She especially enjoys spending time playing with their family dog, her favorite family member, Lacie.
MICHELLE LOWE
MICHELLE LOWELead Teacher - Toddler Room
Michelle Lowe is our toddler teacher. She has been caring for our toddlers for 23 years and her youngest son attended Guilford Park. Michelle’s memorable highlights are teaching her toddlers and making memory books for her students. For the year ahead, Michelle wants to help toddlers learn and grow and teach sweet manners. Michelle enjoys hiking and walking with her husband in the woods as well as crafting, especially with her grandchildren. Michelle has cared for many families outside of Guilford Park with after school care as well.
KELLY ADAMS
KELLY ADAMSAssistant Teacher - Toddler Room
Kelly is our toddler teacher. She has been a part of our 2’s class in past years and now we are excited for her to be with our toddlers. Kelly’s memorable highlights are to see the joy of watching the kids grow and learn during the school year, Kelly says “hearing I’m a fun teacher always makes me smile.” Kelly is excited to see her students talk and become their own little personalities. She loves to watch them be creative as well. Kelly has 2 sons, one who is a Guilford Park alumni. Kelly loves to travel with her husband and boys as well as go to the movies. She loves to organize, read, watch tv and spend time outside.
HEATHER BURRESS
HEATHER BURRESSLead Teacher - 2s
Heather is our 2’s teacher. She has been a part of our Guilford Park family for many years, first as a parent with her 2 boys attending and recently as a crib teacher and currently as a 2’s teacher. Heather has loved moving from being a Guilford Park parent to becoming a teacher. She enjoyed having the chance to support new moms while caring for their crib room babies and she cherishes the sweet relationships she makes with the older children. Heather says, “Getting to teach the 2’s with Mary Brogden as school reopened in January 2021 was so much fun and I will always hold that class in my heart.” Heather is excited to hear students “using their words,” to talk through a conflict. She also looks forward to teaching fine motor skills such as cutting with scissors and teaching sharing and taking turns. Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and boys traveling and hiking, especially in the mountains. She loves to read, walk with friends, spend time with people from other cultures, garden, build jigsaw puzzles while watching a movie and sit on her deck enjoying the stillness.
DEBBIE HUNEYCUTT
DEBBIE HUNEYCUTTAssistant Teacher - 2s
Debbie is our 2’s teacher. Debbie has been a part of our Guilford Park family for 33 years as a parent, teacher and leading our amazing preschool as Director. She is thrilled to be back to her roots, teaching the 2’s. She has many memorable moments over her career including creating an excitement for learning, mentoring families and mentoring teachers. Debbie desires the children to feel safe, secure and appreciated as individual creations of God. She is excited for them to feel excited each day about learning and experiencing new adventures. Debbie loves to hike with her husband, read, garden and hunt for unique items for her home and garden. Debbie has 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter, 2 daughter-in-laws and a son-in-law. She is a proud Mimi of 3 grandsons and a granddaughter.
CARRIE IVEY
CARRIE IVEYLead Teacher - 3 Day 3s
Carrie is our 3 day 3’s teacher. Carrie has been part of Guilford Park for many years, as a parent, with both daughters attending and as a teacher. She has worked with our crib class, 3’s and PreK, engaging in several stages of our preschoolers. Carrie loves growing with families as siblings join the class year(s) later, Carrie says, “it gives me a chance to reconnect and to hear all the wonderful things their brother/sister are accomplishing.” She loves to see children learn and understand letter sounds and to start to read! “The “click” in their eyes is so amazing! Carrie looks forward to her students gaining friendships, learning through play and to have the best time while at school. She also wants to instill the love of books. Carrie loves to vacation with her husband and 2 daughters to the beach or mountains. She also loves to go to the pool, watch Survivor, walk, Purre Barre exercise, read, garden and enjoy watching birds.
SARAH THOMAS
SARAH THOMASLead Teacher - 4 Day 3s
Sarah is our 4 day 3’s teacher as well as 3’s Friday Friends teacher. Sarah has been part of Guilford Park for many years, as a parent, with her youngest daughter attending as well as teaching in the 2’s and now the 3’s. Sarah has spent her career in Elementary Education as well as Early Childhood Education, holding a Master of Education degree from UVA. Sarah is looking forward to seeing her students grow developmentally, emotionally, and academically through creative play, peer/teacher interaction, and through engaging meaningful instruction. Sarah says, “I look forward to knowing each child and celebrating what makes him/her unique!” Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, son and 2 daughters. She enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, cooking and watching movies.
RHONDA HAMPTON
RHONDA HAMPTONAssistant Teacher - 4 Day 3s
Rhonda is our 4 day 3’s teacher. Rhonda has spent previous years subbing at Guilford Park and we are thrilled to have her join our Guilford Park family this year. Rhonda enjoys reading with the children, talking with them and laughing together. She is excited to see them learn new things and grow in their independence. Rhonda likes to spend time with her husband and son at the pool and the beach. She enjoys traveling, shopping and reading.
SHARON BRADSHAW
SHARON BRADSHAWLead Teacher - PreK - 4 Day
Sharon is our 4 day Pre-K teacher. Sharon has been part of the Guilford Park family for many years, first as a parent with her son and daughter attending and a teacher. Sharon has taught 2’s, 3’s and PreK here at Guilford Park, More at Four and did her student teaching in Pre-K at Gateway Education Center with children of various learning styles. Sharon is certified in Conscious Discipline and The Incredible Years. Sharon is excited to see her students gain knowledge through play, wonder, and discovery that will carry them deeper into their learning by exploring the world around them. Sharon says, “I create a positive and calm learning environment to facilitate the development of the whole child (social, emotional, intellectual, physical, self-regulating and communication skills) so they will become lifelong learners.” Sharon enjoys traveling with her husband and children to the beach and mountains in their RV. She also loves to hike, shop, watch reality tv and meet friends for lunch.
NAN CIFANI
NAN CIFANIAssistant Teacher - PreK - 4 Day
Nan is our 4 day Pre-K teacher. Nan has taught in both the 2’s and Pre-K. Over the years, Nan has enjoyed experiencing 4 and 5 year olds learning to read, motivating children to behave in a positive way and experiencing end of year programs to highlight their year. Nan says, “Four year olds gain so much independence and very tangible skills for the future. I can’t wait to see everyone, including parents, feel confident about the upcoming move to Kindergarten. I want every child to think of learning as a natural, organic part of life. I want each child to feel secure that they have a place in a class with friends and teachers that care about them.” Since Nan relocated from the midwest, one of her favorite things is to explore new places and cities with her husband and son. They also enjoy music, especially concerts and playing instruments at home. She loves to cook, read and enjoy time outside.
BETH WILLIAMS
BETH WILLIAMSLead Teacher - PreK - 5 Day
Beth Williams is our 5 day Pre-K teacher. Beth started her career teaching Kindergarten at Sternberger Elementary, tutored and enjoyed substitute teaching for Guilford County Schools grade K-6 and then when she had children of her own, she began teaching Pre-K at Muirs Chapel for 8 years before joining Guilford Park in 2008. Beth believes that this is her chance to make a difference. She wants to prepare your children for Kindergarten in ways that are engaging, exciting, rewarding and developmentally appropriate. Beth says, “We will work on developing and nurturing skills in the areas of literacy, math, science and social studies, fine and gross motor development, social/emotional maturity and the ability to follow directions in classroom routines. We want our students to feel good about themselves, get excited about learning and develop a positive attitude about learning that will follow them throughout their school career!” Beth loves to spend time with her husband, 2 sons, a daughter and 2 granddaughters that attend Guilford Park. They love weekly game nights, family dinners, spending time in the mountains and family trips to Disney World. Beth loves to read, travel, hike and play with her pets, 2 dogs and one cat.
MARY BROGDEN
MARY BROGDENAssistant Teacher - PreK - 5 Day
Mary Brogden is our 5 day Pre-K teacher. Mary has taught in the 2’s and Pre-K. Mary enjoys each and every year watching the children grow and learn and accept new challenges with excitement. Her favorite time at school is in the morning when the children walk through the door with smiles and hugs. Mary says, “I especially like to watch the children who are a bit hesitant open up and become independent little people ready to take on the day.” Mary would like to see the children learn to become independent thinkers and learners. She would also like the children to enjoy coming to school each day and know it is a safe place where they are loved and cared for. Mary enjoys vacationing at the beach with her husband, son and 2 daughters. She loves to cook, bake, read, garden and take walks.

For more information of if you would like to take a tour.  Please contact Rebecca Willoughby.

Our Classes

CRIB

Our Crib Room is composed of 8 babies and 2 teachers.  Babies can attend 1, 2, 3, or 4 days a week.  Our goal is to provide an environment where babies can feel very secure and loved.  We create a classroom full of music, toys, sensory, exploration, and books.

  • M T W TH

    Any combination of days offered above.

  • 3-11 months by August 31

TODDLER

Our Toddler Class is composed of 10 toddlers and 2 teachers. We provide opportunities for toddlers to learn social skills, experience creativity, participate in language exploration, and practice gross motor skills. Toddlers learn the world is exciting and fun-filled.

  • M T W Th F
    Any combination of the days offered above

  • 1 year old by August 31

TWO YEAR

Our two‑year‑old’s class is composed of 12 children to 2 teachers.  We provide opportunities to explore, read, sing, create and practice independence in the classroom.  The two year olds participate in painting, storytelling, singing, and dancing.  We offer a play enriched environment while at the same time integrating developmentally appropriate readiness skills incorporated within the child’s play.

  • 2 days per week – Monday & Wednesday
    3 days per week- Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
    Add Friday option
    5 day option may be available, call office for information

  • 2 years old by August 31

THREE YEAR

Our three year old’s class is composed of 12 children and 2 teachers. This classroom is very exciting.  Language has been mastered, fine motor skills are being sharpened, gross motor skills are constantly used, and memorization pre‑emergent reading and writing all come together.  The children are gently encouraged to rise to the next level of development by working together in learning and play centers as well as with individual attention from the teachers.  We are beginning the building of readiness skills needed for objectives that will be introduced in the Pre-K Classes.

  • 3 days per week – Tuesday-Thursday
    4 days per week –Monday-Thursday
    Friday option is available for the 3 and 4 day classes.

  • 3 years old by August 31

PRE-K

Each Pre-K class is composed of 15 children and 2 teachers. These classes are preparing your child for Kindergarten. We offer a literacy-rich environment building pre-reading skills through daily activities in phonemic awareness and print concepts. Additionally, important early math concepts are taught through a variety of hands-on activities. Each classroom is a sensory-enriched environment giving the children many opportunities for discovery through cause and effect.

  • 5 days per week- Monday – Friday
    4 day option Monday – Thursday in either class

  • 4 years old by August 31

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