The Paso Robles Cooperative Preschool is a non-profit cooperative preschool, administered by the parents. It is your input and energy that make our school possible. The professional head of PRCP is the Executive Director. We require the Director to hold a Bachelor’s or Associates Degree from an accredited or approved college or university with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and have at least two years teaching and/ or director’s experience. The Director is responsible for overseeing all programs, staffing, operation of school, registration, and investigates all matters of controversies between pupils, parents, patrons, or preschool employees when controversies relate to preschool professional affairs.                                 Our teachers are a very talented collection of trained professionals, diversified in background and interest, with a minimum of 12 ECE units.

Faculty

Johna’ DeBellis, Executive Director
Mrs. DeBellis was born in Carmel, CA and moved to Paso Robles in 1967. From 1971-1976 she studied & traveled throughout Europe. After returning to the U.S. she continued her education & travels, then returned to Paso Robles in 1985 to start her own family. She began working in education for the Paso Robles Public Schools in 1990 & worked a variety of positions; her favorite was teaching P.E.

Her relationship with PRCP began in 1988 when her daughter SierraRose first attended. In 2008 Mrs. DeBellis was “filling-in” at the Co-op, as a 2-4s Teacher, while the Board looked for a hire. She fell in love with the position & accepted the job herself. In addition to teaching she was also the Assistant Director. Since 2012 she has been the Executive Director.

“My favorite part of the day is listening in to the little things that the children say to one another & it is wonderful to hear them sing!” “They are such a joy!”

 

 Peggy Smith, Teacher 2-4s
Mrs. Peggy was born in San Pedro, CA and was raised in Hawthorne, CA. She moved to Paso Robles in 1989.

She has been working in education for 13 years and began her relationship with our Co-op in the Parent and Me class with her son Zach in 2002. She became a teacher for the toddler class in 2003.

Her favorite part of the preschool day is, “when the children share at morning circle about their weekend or something special they did with their family.”

 

  Wendy Woodard, Teacher Pre-K
Mrs. Woodard grew up in Northern California and moved to Bakersfield after college. She worked in education first as a substitute teacher and then as a Behavioral Therapist for Children with Autism. Her family moved to Paso in 2005 after her second son Nicholas was born.

Her relationship with the Co-op began in 2008 when her older son Tyler began in the Pre-K class and continued on with her younger son attending the 2-4s class and then Pre-K.

Her favorite part of the day is the children’s laughter. “It is contagious; you just can’t help feeling good and excited about the world around you.”

2016-2017 Parent Board of Directors

Because we are a cooperative preschool, the financial responsibilities of the school belong to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the finances, advocating for PRCP, ensuring compliance of by-laws, and making decisions to further the purpose of PRCP.

Board of Directors meetings are held once a month. Board meetings are open to the general membership until the closed session begins. Minutes of all open Board meetings shall be recorded by the Recording Secretary and shall be posted for the general membership after approval by the Board of Directors.

Amanda Lamar, President
Rebekah Shapiro-Jones, Vice-President
Katie Bryden, Treasurer
Lisa Karcher, Fundraising 
Nixon Hazard, Secretary
Kelly Knust, Parliamentarian

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