Lauren Guthrie 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 also a certified parenting coach and founder of Wholehearted Parent Coaching.
Amy Rabb’s life came full circle when she started working as a substitute teacher at Mountain Breeze.
She grew up in Chapel Hill, NC, where she began working with young children at an early age in the church nursery. In college she majored in Art Education first at UNC Chapel Hill, and later earned her degree in Art Education and Appalachian Studies at Mars Hill after moving to Madison County for her first stay in the late 70’s. She spent several years as a childcare teacher and director here and in central NC.
When she returned to central NC she worked for almost 30 years for a non- profit agency that provided training and technical assistance services to childcare programs as well as childcare assistance to families in Orange and Chatham Counties. She was Executive Director of that agency for 20 years. In 2012 she retired to return to Madison County, the home of her heart. Upon her return she accepted a position with the Madison County Partnership for Children where she coordinated training and support services for local childcare programs. She retired from the Partnership two years ago.
Amy feels lucky to have met Rachel when she was starting Mountain Breeze. Amy thinks Mountain Breeze is one of the best preschool programs she has ever worked with. She is so happy to be a substitute teacher here and to have the chance to work with the wonderful teachers and families. Being here reminds her why she wanted to get into Early Childhood Education to begin with.