Lauren Konz is lead teacher at Mountain Breeze Preschool. She started caring for children at a young age when she babysat and nannied in the summers. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University. Throughout college she took art education and early education courses. Lauren recently completed EDU 119 (Introduction to Child Development) and is currently enrolled in more early childhood education to add to her degree.
Lauren has worked as a freelance photographer and spends her free time painting, taking pictures, and exploring new places. After her first year working in a preschool setting she knew it was the place for her. Sharing the large amounts of love, kindness, and creativity that comes with working with children has been a blessing.
Rachel Maietta is the director, substitute teacher, co-founder, and member of the board of directors at Mountain Breeze Preschool. Her love for children and motherhood started at a very early age. She received her Red Cross Babysitting Certification when she was 11 and has been caring for children since then. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Developmental Psychology at Suffolk University and has worked with families and directed preschools in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. She has been doing yoga and meditation for 21 years, and tries to bring the love and inspiration she feels into the classroom as well as outside of it. She has traveled to many countries and lived in many places until she found the calm beauty of Marshall, NC, in 2012. She became a mother in 2008 and has found it to be the most challenging and rewarding job she has ever had. She is the mother of three boys, a teen, tween, and toddler. She is also a certified parenting coach and founder of Wholehearted Parent Coaching.
Alicia Gentry is assistant teacher at Mountain Breeze Preschool. She was born and raised in Madison County and has always been surrounded by younger siblings, cousins, and neighbors. She loves working with children and telling stories. She was part of the early childhood education program when she was a student at Madison High School. She has completed EDU 119 (Introduction to Child Development) and likes to continue learning.
When she is not at Mountain Breeze, she enjoys spending time with her husband and middle school sweetheart Koley, and their five dogs and three cats.