It is important to know that teachers at The Children's Corner have experience with young children and are eager to learn through reading and attending workshops and conferences. They are able to work with other teachers for the benefit of the children and the school. Our teachers are warm and affectionate without sentimentality or favoritism. They are firm, as well as gentle; consistent, as well as flexible. They treat children with dignity and respect. Our teachers accept children as they are, with their own special growth rate and capacity for physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. In years past, our teachers were selected as mentors for IUPUI, working with their associates degree or kindergarten endorsement candidates. Lead teachers have degrees in education, as do some assistants and aides.

Judi Piccolo: tccorner30@aol.com

Judi graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  Early teaching experience was at the first grade level.  After moving from Ohio, Judi’s younger two children attended The Children’s Corner.  During those years she was an active board member. When her youngest child started kindergarten, Judi started working at The Children's Corner first as an assistant; then as a lead teacher; and subsequently became Director in 1986 while continuing her teaching. Judi and her husband, Dick, have three children - Erin, Rachel (Chad) and Kevin (Cristina) and 5 grandsons, Lucas, Owen, Alessandro and Leo and newest arrival Giorgio.  When not at The Children’s Corner, she can usually be found in her garden or looking for a bargain at an antique shop.  In addition to her responsibilities as Director, she is a lead teacher in the Two’s and Three’s and an assistant in the Three’s and Four’s Program. (since 1981)


Cathy Johnson

Cathy has a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten endorsement. Her Master’s degree from Butler University is in Early Childhood Education.  Her early teaching experience was in Terre Haute and the Indianapolis Public Schools at the Kindergarten level. Cathy and her husband Paul have four children – John (Jenn) Jeff; Julie (Roger) and Jerry. They also have four grandsons: Asher, Nico, Flynn and Jude.  Finally, her “Grandma trunk” is being put to good use!  Cathy loves traveling, sewing, gardening, reading, playing games, eating out and going to movies.  She thoroughly enjoys her family and working with the staff, children and their families here at The Children’s Corner.  This will be Cathy’s 38th year at school!  This year Cathy is the lead in Pre-Kindergarten and teaches music and Spanish. She is also a lead teacher in the Summer Program (since 1978)


Tami Williams

Tami is a graduate of IUPUI with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood.  Her student teaching was completed with us in 1999.  Prior to her starting at The Children’s Corner, Tami was Director and teacher at Simon Says Childcare Ministry. For eight years she owned her own home-childcare business.  Tami and her husband, Kenneth, have four children Desiree, Donovan, Dominic, and Danielle (Chris) - ages 21 to 31.  Her interests, in addition to children, are reading and collecting angels and owls.  Tami is a lead teacher in the Three’s and Four’s, Pre-Kindergarten, Extended Days and Friday Fun & Lunch program. She is also a lead teacher in the Summer Program.  (since 1999)


Susie Coogan

Susie is a lead for the Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Two’s and Three’s and also teaches creative movement and leads an Art Camp in our summer program. She was educated at Wilkes College, I.U., John Herron, and Jordan School of Dance and has her real estate license as well. Susie previously worked as a property manager for her family business and taught dance lessons at local schools for several years.  She and her husband, Jim, have three children, Shannon (Matt), Tyler and Shane.  Susie’s daughter Shannon and her husband are expecting their first child in October. It will be Grandma Susie from then on! Tyler and Shane are Children’s Corner alumni.  Susie enjoys music, dance, reading, animals, her horse, Joey, and is an artist in her own right.  (since 1999)

Karen Query

Karen was born and raised in Indianapolis and attended Indiana University. She and her husband Lloyd have three children- Jennifer (Sue), Jake and Megan (Philip). They also have 3 grandchildren; Charlie and Zoey, and Luci.  Karen enjoys gardening, clay sculpting and of course spending time with her grandchildren. She and Lloyd love traveling and walking the Monon and downtown canal. She worked at The Children's Corner from 1979-1997 as an assistant and lead; became our permanent sub and then returned in 2005 to work as an aide in the Three’s and Four’s and continues in that capacity this year.  (since 1979) 


Page Gomez

Page graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education as well as a Kindergarten endorsement.  After completing her student teaching in Indianapolis and England, she taught 1st and 2nd grades in Lawrence Township. After her second son was born she stayed home with her boys. Page and her husband, Ed, have 4 children – Jack, Charlie, Stuart and Benjamin, ranging in age from 12 to 20.  The three youngest are all graduates of The Children’s Corner.  When not shuffling her sons to and from their various activities, Page enjoys running, cooking and traveling.  This is Page’s seventh year at TCC.  Page will be working as an assistant in the Pre-Kindergarten program. (since 2010)


Alissa Prather

     Alissa is originally from Anderson, Indiana and attended Indiana University on a Track and Field/Cross Country scholarship. After school she moved to New York City and worked for an advertising agency for 7 years before moving to Indianapolis in 1995. She and her husband, Tom, have been married 20 years and have two sons. Weston is a senior at Chatard and Wyatt is in ninth grade at Chatard, also. They love living in Broad Ripple close to parks, the Monon and the canal. This is Alissa’s tenth year at The Children's Corner and she is an assistant in Pre-Kindergarten and Three’s and Four’s and works in most of the Extended Day Programs.  (since 2006)     Alissa is originally from Anderson, Indiana and attended Indiana University on a Track and Field/Cross Country scholarship. After school she moved to New York City and worked for an advertising agency for 7 years before moving to Indianapolis in 1995. She and her husband, Tom, have been married 20 years and have two sons. Weston is a senior at Chatard and Wyatt is in ninth grade at Chatard, also. They love living in Broad Ripple close to parks, the Monon and the canal. This is Alissa’s tenth year at The Children's Corner and she is an assistant in Pre-Kindergarten and Three’s and Four’s and works in most of the Extended Day Programs.  (since 2006)


Suzanne Johnson

Suzanne graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. She has taught Kindergarten through eighth grade in New Albany and Westfield, IN; Nashville, TN and Blackrock, Ireland.  Suzanne and her husband, Jay, have been married 23 years. They have three children. Jack (17), Kate (16) and Anna (13), all TCC graduates. In her free time, she enjoys teaching yoga, going hiking, reading and watching her children’s volleyball, cross country and lacrosse events. She will be sharing her yoga teaching expertise with the 3’s and 4’s. In Suzanne’s words “I am so excited to be teaching in the 3’s and 4’s program” (since 2016)    


Heather Rosenfeld

Heather graduated from DePauw University with degrees in French and Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. She worked as a French speaking customer service representative before staying home to raise and educate her children. Heather was a homeschool teacher for 9 years. She also designed several middle school and high school homeschool courses and privately tutored students.  She is married and has two daughters, who attended the Children's Corner.  In her spare time, Heather teaches 3rd grade Sunday School, gardens, reads, works in her art studio, volunteers at her church, and moderates an online home education support group. Heather is an aide in the Three's and Four's program and in the Pre-Kindergarten Wednesday Extended Day program. (since 2016)


Meg Schamp

Meg is a proud Butler University graduate (go Dawgs!) who worked as an HR Consultant stateside and in England before returning to Indianapolis. She and her husband, Aaron, have three children Henry (14), Lydia (11) and Amelia (9) who all
attended TCC.  In fact, Meg loved TCC so much she’s happy to return (without the kiddos) as an aide in the Pre-Kindergarten program.  Aside from being a “Muber” driver (Mom uber) for kid activities, Meg also enjoys being creative, taking family vacations, knitting and Pilates. (since 2016)


Erica Long

Erica has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University. She returned to school and earned her Master's degree in early education from Marian University. She taught 2nd and 3rd grade in Pike Township. She has been happily married to her husband, Erik, for thirteen years. They have three children: Sara (10), Reese (8), and Brendan (6). All three are TCC graduates and love to come back and visit whenever they can! After her first daughter was born, Erica left teaching to become a full-time mom. She is thrilled to be joining the TCC team this year! She will be working as an aide in the Pre-Kindergarten program. Erica enjoys spending time at their family's lake house. Her family spends summer days tubing, skiing, kayaking, and swimming. Erica likes to cook and entertain for family and friends. She also loves DIY projects and her home is full of pieces that exhibit her personal touch. She loves crafting with her kids, taking family bike rides, and tries to be outdoors whenever she can. She is excited to work with the staff and families at The Children's Corner. 



     

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