Faculty

Meet our highly trained professional faculty. Our teachers have degrees and advanced degrees in early childhood education, child development, and music and art. We bring our talents, knowledge, and experiences together to create a loving team of professionals.

Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.
—Loris Maliguzzi, founder Reggio Emilia preschools

Tricia Windschitl
Preschool Director
5-Day Lead Teacher
Tricia received both her B.S. and M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Iowa State University. She has taught preschool children in a variety of settings including the Child Development Lab School at Iowa State, the Iowa City Recreation Center, and the Formative Years Center in Ames. Tricia enjoys the bustle and playfulness of the preschool classroom and delights in helping children explore, discover, and think about their world. She sees her classroom as a community of learners, all influencing one another with their experiences, questions, and curiosities.

Nuha Elbadawi
5-Day Assistant Teacher
Nuha holds a B.A. in Environmental Sciences and has a certificate from the Child Development Association.  Nuha has worked with children since 2005 and is interested in studying Early Childhood. Nuha is originally from Sudan.  She enjoys cooking and has four children aged 4-14 who keep her busy.  Nuha enjoys seeing children learn and learning from others.


Kirsten Williamson
2-Day & 3-Day Lead Teacher

Kirsten received her B.A. from Luther College in Art and Elementary Education. She taught K-5 Art for five years in the Des Moines School District and the College Community School District before coming to Preucil. She lives in Iowa City with her husband, two small children, one kitty, and a yellow Labrador. She enjoys sewing, scrapbooking, yoga, and spending time with her family. Kirsten is grateful to work in such a special place that respects children and values their creativity in all forms.

Hope Spragg
3-Day Assistant Teacher
Hope holds a B.A. in art education from The University of Iowa and has taught art at the elementary and high school level. In addition to art, community theatre is a passion she has practiced on and off stage for much of her life. Hope loves to combine the forces of creative play and making art with field experts (i.e., children). She is the mother of two Preucil graduates and also enjoys painting, hiking, and going on almost any adventure with her family.

Chris Sharp
2-Day Assistant Teacher
Chris holds a B.S. in Growth and Development of Children from Iowa State University and has spent the past 17 years putting theory into practice at home with her four children. Chris worked for several years at the University Hospitals In-Patient and Guest Relations. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hot yoga and reading. Chris is excited to be a part of the creative, nurturing environment of Preucil Preschool and to foster curiosity and creativity in preschool age children.

Marit Hervig
Preschool Music
Violin & Viola
Marit holds a B.M. from Western Illinois University and a M.M. from Arizona State University in viola performance and pedagogy. Marit’s teachers include Doris Preucil, William Preucil, Dr. Roland Vamos, William Magers and William Lincer. She completed her Suzuki Teacher Training with Sonja Zeithamel and Doris Preucil. A former Preucil School student, Marit has taught at the University of Memphis Suzuki Institute, is a registered Music Together teacher, and has been a member of both the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra and the Quad Cities Symphony.

Helen Neumann
Art Teacher
Helen holds a B.A. in studio art from Grinnell College and an M.A.and M.F.A. in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa. Helen has taught art at the University of Iowa and the Art Institute of Atlanta, and privately in her home. Raised in Macomb, Illinois, Helen was trained in Suzuki violin since the age of four in the studio of Roland and Almita Vamos. The mother of two, Helen is interested in the relationship between art, especially conceptual art, and the imaginative expressions of young children. She sees the preschool classroom as a place to tap into and develop those creative energies.

Lauren Willberg
Floating Assistant Teacher
Music Together® Coordinator
Lauren worked as a children's librarian and a full time nanny before joining the Preucil Preschool staff in 2010. She has been a part of the Music Together program since 2007, and became a Registered Music Together teacher in 2011. In 2016 she completed her Certification Level II by The Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey, for researching the origins and pedagogies of the Suzuki approach and comparing them to the Music Together Program. She enjoys working in the Preucil Preschool as well as in the Music Together classroom. Lauren lives in Iowa City with her husband, son and daughter and enjoys sewing, knitting and baking in her spare time. She finds great joy in music and loves sharing this with the families at the Preucil School.