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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.