Stacey Johnston: Preschool
Stacey brings six years of teaching experience to the preschool classroom. She works closely with parents to promote understanding of their child’s growth and development, and looks for the sparkle in the children’s eyes as her primary motivation to give the love and energy that teaching requires. She believes that freedom to explore combined with learning to accept responsibility helps children define their place as individuals and members of the group.
Elissa began teaching Spanish in 1998, after she received a master’s degree in education from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Her travels throughout Latin America inspired her both to learn and teach Spanish to students ranging in age from 3 to 78. She served as curriculum director on the founding teams of two innovative high schools, where she developed Spanish immersion and travel programs for students, and led high school students on expeditions to study border issues in the United States and Mexico for six years. In 2009 she founded Express Fluency, before living in Costa Rica, teaching Spanish in a high school semester program. Elissa currently leads Express Fluency’s travel programs in Central America and teaches Spanish in Neighborhood’s Preschool, Pre-K/Kindergarten and Elementary classrooms.
The Neighborhood Schoolhouse Board of Directors is charged with overseeing staff and teachers, creating budgets, tracking spending, raising funds for scholarships and other programs, ensuring learning spaces are safe and functional, development, and strategic planning.
Paula Melton: President
Paula Melton, president of the Board, has been a Neighborhood parent since 2007, when her sons enrolled in the kindergarten and first grade. She is also managing editor at BuildingGreen, a local publishing company that serves the international green building community.
Josh Burns: Vice President
David Houghton: Secretary
Jim Kirby: Treasurer