The teaching staff is the most important component of a Preschool program. Unlike many early childhood programs, our teaching staff boasts very low turn-over. Many of our teachers have more than 15 years of experience here at MCP and we have a combined 170+ years of teaching experience!
Tracy Albaugh, our Director, has been with MCP for 15 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and also has a Pennsylvania Director’s Credential. She is a huge Steeler’s fan and enjoys boating, golf and traveling in her free time. She enjoys spending time with her husband Don, her three children Kierstin, Cameron and Connor, and her three step-children Donny, Ashley, and Lindsey.
Pat Clawson has been a teacher for 30 years, 21 of which are at the Meadville Cooperative Preschool. She teaches three, four, and five year olds. Pat has an Associates degree in Early Childhood and has 30 credits towards her Bachelors degree. She loves working with young children–she says they keep her young! When she is not teaching at MCP, she enjoys reading, walking, knitting, traveling and collecting sea glass. Pat also enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren that live in Chicago.
Michele Cybulski has been at MCP for 36 years. She teaches our older children, ages four and five. She has a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Ohio University. In her free time, Michele enjoys punch needling, crafts, running and the outdoors. Michele has two daughters – Sarah who lives in Greeneville S.C. and Jennifer who lives in Burlington Flats, NY. She also has two grandsons, Max and Sam.
Amy Miller teaches children from three to five, and has been a teacher at MCP for over 25 years. Amy studied Elementary Education/Early Childhood at Allegheny College and has a BA in English. She enjoys learning about the Civil War (Gettysburg), and the Titanic, and she also enjoys listening to Bob Dylan. A lot. Amy also enjoys reading, gardening, and swimming. Amy loves the enthusiasm with life and learning of small children, she says they keep her mentally young.
Amy Simcheck has been our After-school teacher for 13 years. She studied Elementary Education and Early Childhood while in college. Amy enjoys reading, going to garage sales and collecting Star Wars items.
Mary Stewart, who teaches the four and five year olds, has been a teacher here at MCP for 14 years. She has a BS in Human Ecology/Consumer Affairs, and enjoys quilting, reading, and walking in the woods. Mary and her husband, Tim, have three children, Maura, Katie, and Daniel.
Mary Lynn Bartoe
Mary Lynn Bartoe has been a teacher at MCP for 15 years, with a total of over 20 years teaching. She teaches our youngest group of three year olds on MWF, and our oldest group of four & five year olds on T/TH’s. She has a BA in Elementary and Special Education and likes to garden, do needlework, crafts, cook and hike in her spare time. She has three children and aquired two new ones when both her son and daughter got married.
Linda Prenatt is in her tenth year of teaching at MCP. She teaches our three, four and five year olds. She enjoys reading, sewing and spending time with her family.
Tracy, now in her second year at MCP, has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She has two children, Ryan 8 years old and Josie 7 years old. She enjoys spending time with her children along with outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, swimming, kayaking and running.
Holly has been teaching at MCP for two years now. After graduating from Conneaut Lake High School, she attended Edinboro University with a dual major in Early Childhood and Special Education. Holly and her husband Matt have two dogs, Sampson and Silus, who love running through the woods. They also love to hunt and fish together.
Alyson Carlson is our Business Manager. She has been with the preschool for 13 years. She has a BS in Accounting from Indiana University of PA and likes to travel, walk and cross country ski. She has three children, two on their own and one still in college. She volunteers with the preschoolers at First Christian Church and serves as a board member at the Pregnancy Center of Meadville.