Our teachers are degreed and experienced. We have a lead teacher with an assistant in every class. Each year, staff members are required to attend workshops and classes for continuing education. Each teacher is highly qualified and committed to helping each child grow and mature in a loving and positive way.

Emily Johnson

Coming to Northbrook Preschool in 2002 was a blessing because I returned to what I loved most - preschool! I taught in the Early Childhood Dept. at the Univ. of West Georgia and directed their lab preschool for 16 years starting in 1976. Most recently, I was a tenured assistant professor at Kennesaw State Univ. My doctorate is from Auburn Univ. My dissertation was on children’s play. I love it here!

Carol Erbentraut
Assistant Director

My degree is from Ohio Wesleyan University in elementary education. Being the assistant director since 2002 has been an exciting challenge. Not only do I get to “play” with these amazing children, but I also am part of a team of creative, wonderful professionals. All three of my children came to school here and I know that this loving environment cultivates growth

Lori Vertz
Assessment Coordinator/Pedagogista

After leaving sunny San Diego, and coming to the peach state in 2014, I was so excited and blessed to find Northbrook Preschool for my 2 young children. I started working at Northbrook Preschool as a substitute in February of 2015. I loved it so much I took the position of the assessment coordinator/pedagogista in August of 2015. I graduated from Clarion University of PA and received my bachelors degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I have been teaching young children since 1995. My most recent job of 7 years was teaching PreKindergarten at The Children's School (A Reggio Emilia inspired school) in La Jolla, Ca. I love seeing the children's eyes glisten and the look of wonder on their faces as they learn and experience new things. I feel honored to work with an incredible faculty in such a warm and inviting environment.
Julie Julie Ferris
Chapel Teacher

I began teaching chapel at Northbrook in 2011 and I love it!  Having the opportunity to teach the children about Bible stories each week is such a blessing.  Children love coming into the sanctuary to sing, pray and learn a new story from the Bible. This year our theme is “All Creatures Great and Small” and all of our lessons are about animals in the Bible or associated with the religious seasons.  Once a month the children who have birthdays are invited to the altar to receive a Birthday Blessing from our pastor.  The classes also take turns performing a song for their friends in chapel. Parents are always invited to attend!

Liz Favara
Lead Teacher Media

I graduated from Queens College N. Y. with a BA in Early Childhood/Elementary education and a MS in Early Childhood. I started at Northbrook in 1992 and taught 3s for four years. I began the Media Center in 1996 and have been there ever since. I have a love for children’s literature and feel very blessed that I get to share stories with all the children here at Northbrook.

Marianne Borden
Art Teacher

Northbrook Preschool is such a wonderful place and I am thrilled to be a part of it! I am a Georgia native and a Georgia Bulldog as well. I graduated with a BFA in Surface Design and Weaving from UGA. My husband and I have four children. Three of my children attended Northbrook Preschool. They are now in elementary and middle school. I am looking forward to discussing art forms, artists and introducing your children to new mediums of creativity.

Karen Hughes
Music Lead Teacher

I have been the music teacher at Northbrook since 2001 and was previously an assistant in twos. Originally from Connecticut, I have over 20 years of musical experience. I graduated from Montclair State University with a BA in Music Therapy. If you pass the music room you will hear sounds of little voices. I have enjoyed sharing the gift of music with each and every child.


Lynda Bresnick
Music Assistant Teacher

Audrey Power
1 year old Lead Teacher, MW and Th classes

I began teaching at Northbrook in 1990. In addition to teaching, I purchase all the supplies for the preschool each month and keep track of whether immunizations of the children are current. I came to Atlanta 29 years ago after graduating from Purdue University. I have three adult sons. My husband and I live in Alpharetta with our Chocolate Lab, Jack.

  Libby Davenport
MW 1s Assistant Teacher
T 1s Assistant Teacher

Rykie du Plessis  
TF 1s Lead Teacher
MW transitional 2s/3s Assistant Teacher

I began teaching at Northbrook in 2008 and love it. We have lived in the United States since 1999 and in Roswell since 2003. We are originally from South Africa where I obtained a Masters Degree in City Planning. I earned the Child Development Associate national credential in the summer 2011.

Alden Reding
TF 1s Assistant Teacher

I am excited to be a part of the Northbrook Preschool family. My husband, Travis, and I moved to Alpharetta in 2006 with our two daughters, Hannah (14) and Avery (11). I graduated from Converse College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. I will begin working on my Child Development Associate credential this school year and will complete all the requirements within two years.  I am thankful for the opportunity to work at this wonderful preschool.

Lori Purcell
MWF Transitional 2s/3s Teacher

After my own daughter attended Northbrook Preschool, I decided to teach here. I have been teaching two year olds since 2000. I completed my Child Development Associate credential in 2009.

Lisa Cash
MWF Transitional 2s/ 3s Assistant Teacher

I began teaching at Northbrook Preschool in 2002. I love teaching the older 2s because they are loving and so eager to learn. It is fun to see their faces light up when they learn something new. To further my growth as a teacher, I completed my Child Development Associate credential in 2009.


Stacey Jones
MW Young 2s co-Teacher

Rupa Desai
MW Young 2s co-Teacher
TTh Transitional 2s/3s co-Teacherr

I have lived in Georgia since 1989. I am a Law School graduate (from India). I received a Child Development Certificate in 2009. I began at Northbrook Preschool in 2003. I enjoy yoga and traveling.

Ashley Paden
TTh Young 2s Lead Teacher

I am so excited to be a part of Northbrook Preschool. My husband Ryan and I have two children, Austin (14) and Haley (11). Austin and Haley both attended Northbrook Preschool. We joined Northbrook UMC in 2002. I have been active in the church teaching Sunday school and have been director of Vacation Bible School for three years. I have also been a substitute teacher in Fulton County. I will be finishing my Child Development Associate national credentialthis year. I love working with children at Northbrook.

Maria Alaluf
TTh 2s Assistant Teacher 

I’ve been part of the Northbrook Family since 2005. Both of my sons, Pablo and Jose Eduardo attended the preschool. In 2007 I started teaching Spanish and the following year I also became the assistant in the T/Th 2 year old program. My husband Eduardo and I are originally from México and have been living in Georgia since 1995. I completed my Child Development Associate national credential in 2010. I’m grateful for having the opportunity to work with children and grow with them.

Lauren Cochell
MW Transitional 2s/3s Lead Teacher
T 1s Lead Teacher

I am so excited about teaching at Northbrook Preschool! I graduated from East Carolina University in 2003 with a degree in Child Development and Family Relations.  I received my certification as a Child Life Specialist and worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta until I took a break to stay home with my children.  My husband Ryan and I have lived in the Atlanta area for many years and we have two children who have both attended Northbrook!

Carol Froula
MW Transitional 2s/3sSupport Specialist

I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a teaching degree in Special Education and a Masters degree specializing in physical disabilities. I am also trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading. I took a break after grad school to work for Club Med.  I was a G.O. (gentil organisateur) for the children’s programs in Mexico and the Bahamas. It was a fabulous experience before heading out into the real world as a special education teacher. My husband Matt and I have 2 daughters, Eleanor and Mary Frances, and a son, James, all whom attended Northbrook. I am so grateful to work at Northbrook as an inclusion specialist for the Adaptive Learning Center.
Jenny Rindt
MWF 3s Lead Teacher

I am excited to be a teacher at Northbrook Preschool. I started as a long term substitute for a three year old class in January 2011, and realized I wanted to jump back into teaching. My teaching career started with an undergraduate degree in special education from the University of Georgia. I later received my Masters of Education in mild disabilities from GA State. I taught at the elementary school level for 7 years before staying at home with my children. All three of my girls experienced a wonderful and God loving environment during their time at Northbrook. How could I pass up the opportunity to give the same experience to other children? I am thankful for this chance to teach in this wonderful school.
Allison Liguori
MWF 3s Assistant Teacher

I'm a native New Yorker but have lived in Roswell for 18 years with my husband Frank and 3 children, Sophia and Julia are in 6th grade and Nicholas is in 4th grade. I have my BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. After graduating college, I became involved with the autism community and furthered my education in behavioral therapy. Ultimately, I believe the preschool environment is where the love of learning & school begins which is why I chose that area to return to work after staying home with my children.  Northbrook is the perfect place for that journey to begin and I'm thrilled to be part of the faculty here.

Heather Oaks
TThF 3s Lead Teacher

I am thrilled to be teaching the 3's at Northbrook.  I have a degree in Social work from Auburn University and my master's in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Univerisity of Alabama in Birmingham.  I taught Kindergarten until I had children.  Since then I worked part time at my church in Birmingham directing the preschool ministry and have worked full time raising my children and supporting my husband in ministry.  My husband, Brian, and I have three children.  My oldest two are in elementary school and my youngest will be in Pre-K at Northbrook this year.  In my free time I like to read, bake, travel and be outdoors.  

susan Susan Castleberry
TThF 3s Assistant Teacher

I began my career at Northbrook as the parent of a three-year-old, then as a substitute teacher, and after retiring from Delta Air Lines, became an assistant teacher in the 3s program. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology from Kennesaw State University. My husband Buddy and I have lived in Roswell for over 20 years, and have three children - Jenna, Megan, and Matt.

Amy Amy McClelion
M-Th Transitional 3s/4s Lead Teacher

I am proud to call Georgia home. I grew up in Gwinett County and then went to the University of Georgia. I have a degree in early childhood education as well as a Masters of Education in Reading Education. I began teaching in 1997 and taught 3 years of second grade, 3 years of first grade and then 1 year of kindergarten. In 2004 I left the classroom to become a full-time mommy. I returned to the classroom in 2012 as a 4 year old preschool teacher at Sailsbury First United Methodist Church in North Carolina. I married my husband, Kevin in 2000. Currently Kevin is a Senior Energy Engineer in the Sustainability group at Kimberly Clark Corporation. We have been "corporate gypsies" and have lived in four states since we married. We have lived in Utah, Idaho, and North Carolina. We have 3 wonderful daughters, Emma Kate, Gracie, and Chloe. In my free time I enjoy reading, running, shopping and flipping" furniture. I am excited to begin a new chapter in my teaching career here at Northbrook.

Jennifer Smith
M-Th Transitional 3s/4s Assistant Teacher

I grew up in Roswell and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.  My husband Mac and I have two daughters, Charlotte and Morgan.  Both of our girls attended Northbrook Preschool.  I have been a substitute teacher for many years at Northbrook and feel very fortunate to be a part of the Northbrook Preschool family.  This year I will begin the process to obtain my Child Development Associate.


Sara Almstedt
TWTh 3s Lead Teacher

My name is Sara Almstedt and I am so excited to be teaching the T, Th, F 3s class. My husband, Jeff, and I have became members of Northbrook UMC in 2006 and our daughter, Anna, attended the preschool for four years. I have been involved with the school for many years, in many roles. I've been a parent, substitute, chapel teacher, assistant and now a lead teacher. Before Anna was born I taught elementary school for ten years. In my free time I like to walk, read, and go out for ice cream with Jeff and Anna.

Lisa Marino
TThF 3s Assistant Teacher

My name is Lisa Marino and I began at Northbrook Preschool as an assistant in a three year old class in 2008. I love this age and the joy and wonder they bring into the classroom each and every day!  My husband, Anthony, and I have three children, Zachary, Lauren and Isabella.  I worked as an engineer for many years before leaving to stay home with my children. I received my CDA credential in 2010. Thank you for sharing your sweet children with me this year!

Kassie Kassie Blocker
TWTh 3s Co-Teacher

I am Kassie Blocker and am so excited to be part of the staff. I starting teaching here in 2012. My husband, Russell and I have three children, Lynley, Ty and Charlie. Lynley and Ty are in elementary school and Charlie attends Northbrook Preschool. We also have a Golden Retriever mix named Max. I grew up in Roswell and graduated from Roswell High School. I went on to earn my BA in early childhood education at The University of Georgia and my MS in early childhood education at Georgia State. I taught one year of preschool at Mt. Pisgah and 7 years at Beaver Ridge Elementary in Gwinnett County. Northbrook UMC has been my family’s church home since it was established and we are so blessed to be able raise our children here, as well. I love running and water skiing and really any activity that can be done outdoors.

Kris Kris Koneiczny
TWTh 3s Co-Teacher

Jennifer Picquet
M-Th Pre-K Lead Teacher

I have been a teacher at Northbrook in the fall of 2008. I have a BS degree in Elementary Education and an MS in Reading Education. Iam from NY, but have called Roswell home since 2001 I have two children who attended Northbrook as pre-schoolers but are now in elementary and middle school.

Kay Kay Zemke
M-Th Pre-K Assistant Teacher

I began my career at Northbrook preschool in 2006. For seven years, I was the Assessment Coordinator. In 2014 I moved into the pre-K classroom as an Assistant Teacher. I have a BA in English and Secondary Education from Mercer University. In 2008, I received my CDA credential. Working with preschool aged children is such a blessing and I feel so fortunate to be part of their early learning years.
ms laurie Laurie Radziewicz
M-Th Pre-K Support Specialist

I am so excited to be a part of the Northbrook preschool family. I have worked in education for 15 years now. I earned my undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University majoring in education and cognitive psychology. I also have a Master's from Marquette University in school counseling. I have been a classroom teacher, gifted specialist and school counselor. I am excited to now work for the Adaptive Learning Center as an inclusion specialist. I have lived in many states but Georgia is by far my favorite. I live here with my husband and two children.
Brenda Burr
M–F Pre-K co-Teacher

I feel so blessed to be part of the Northbrook faculty and I look forward to coming to school every day to feed the curious minds of the preschoolers. My husband David and I have been married since 1995 and we have three children: Lindsay, Riley and Jack. I grew up in Wisconsin and received my Bachelors degreein Early Childhood Education from UW– Whitewater. I taught first and second grade for 9 years before staying home with my children. My tow youngest childreen attended Northbrook, and I really loved the school and all that it offered. I became a substitute at Northbrook for one year and then found a permanent position here teaching the five day Pre-K class in 2009. I have been Orton-Gillianham trained and use many of its methods while teaching our little ones. I have truly found my passion for teaching with the 4 and 5 year olds and look forward to a year full of conversations, listening and building knowledge.

Krista Duke
M-F Pre-K co-Teacher

I graduated from Florida State University with a Master’s degree in Special Education, specializing in learning disabilities. I taught children with special needs for 10 years before taking a break to stay home with my two children. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to experience Northbrook as both a parent and a teacher. My daughter began attending Northbrook Preschool in 2006 and my son followed in 2009. They each began their journey in the 2’s class. Each year I was reminded of what an amazing program Northbrook offered and I was able to watch my children flourish in the Christian environment. I began teaching in the 4’s class in October of 2012 and have loved being back in the classroom. The children teach me something new everyday.

Julie Julie Ferris  
M-F Pre-K Assistant Teacher

I have a BS degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University and a M.Ed. in Early Childhood from Augusta State University. I taught PreK-4 and 1st grade for 7 years. After staying home with my two children, I began as the chapel teacher at Northbrook in 2009 and have been a 4’s assistant since 2011. Most recently, I wrote a children’s book about the Masters golf Tournament that you can read more about on www.junebugprint.com.  It’s a privilege to teach at a preschool where both of my children attended. I absolutely love teaching and I feel so blessed to be a part of this wonderful staff. It is amazing to see a little 4 year old grow and develop throughout the school year.

Anne Anne Moore
M-Th Pre-K Lead Teacher

This is my first year at Northbrook but I am an experienced educator. I graduated from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia and came to Atlanta and taught Pre-K for two years. During that time I received my Masters from Kennesaw State University. I worked in City Schools of Decauter for over ten years teaching Kindergarten, first and second grades. After staying home for a few years with my children, I returned to the classroom teaching EIP. My family (husband Jason, and daughters Madison and Elizabeth) recently moved to the Roswell area. I am thrilled to be part of the Northbrook faculty.
Valerie Szymczak
M-Th Pre-K Assistant Teacher

My husband, Matt, and I moved to Roswell, GA in 2000 and were fortunate enough to have my sons, Eddie and Tommy, go through the Northbrook Preschool program. I have a BS degree in secondary education from Virginia Tech. I taught high school for 7 years in Fairfax, VA before staying home to raise my family of boys, Jack, Eddie, and Tommy. I will be finishing the Child Development credential this year. It is a true gift to be teaching at Northbrook Preschool and working with such amazing and curious 4-year olds.
Merry Barlow

Merry Bentley-Barlow
M-Th Pre-K Lead Teacher

I am so excited to join the wonderful staff at Northbrook.  My undergraduate degree is in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University.  After two years of teaching preschool in New York City, I moved to Boston, where I earned my M.Ed. from Wheelock College.  I taught Pre-K and K for the next 8 years before taking time to raise my three children, Wiley, Teddy, and Vivian.  I spent the last few years researching, creating, and presenting professional workshops for preschool teachers.  I am grateful for every day I get to spend helping young children grow and learn.

  Liz Meinhardt
M-F Pre-K Assistant Teacher
  Tricia Skaoos
Young Fives LeadTeacher
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