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.
Tinamarie McDermott is our assistant teacher and has an innate desire to support and encourage children in their process and growth, recognizing the importance of these formative years on the rest of their lives. She has two little girls of her own, one of which attends Mountain Breeze four days a week. She began working at Mountain Breeze as a substitute teacher and learned very quickly she was in love with the school and the students. After a year she began working full time as the assistant teacher. She is so excited to continue learning by being here with the students as well as through college courses.
Tinamarie is currently enrolled in college and working on her degree in Early Childhood Education. She has completed EDU 119 (Introduction to Child Development) and is currently enrolled in more classes. Before she began taking classes for her certificate she didn’t understand the need to be certified to teach at a preschool, but now as she is diving into the schooling she can’t quite understand how to ever be fully educated. She believes children are so much more complex than we give them credit for and these courses have been helping her to deepen her understanding about how they learn and the phases of development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and has worked on many environmental campaigns throughout college. She can’t wait to continue her journey teaching, and she feels absolutely blessed that it began at Mountain Breeze.
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.