Leadership

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Lani Douglas

Director of Education

Lani Douglas joined the IPCP community in February 2012 as the Assistant Director and became the Director in April 2014. She came to IPCP with over eight years of experience in informal education, including positions in the education departments of two zoos. She has a lifelong passion for nature, animals and education and loves that she can inspire children to enjoy nature at IPCP. Lani has a Bachelor’s of Arts in environmental studies from the University of North Carolina and a Master’s in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education from the University of West Virginia. Lani loves to travel with her family and is an avid college basketball fan who cheers for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

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Emily Howland

Assistant Director

Emily Howland has been part of our IPCP community since 2005, first as a parent and board member, as the (once) outdoor classroom educator, as a multi-age teacher for 6 years, and lastly as the Assistant Director. She has experience teaching at The Children’s Garden in Grant Park, The Glenn School, and Morningside Presbyterian Preschool. She loves the community and outdoor focus at IPCP, and considers herself incredibly fortunate to have spent so many years surrounded by such wonderful children, teachers, and families. Emily has a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Rochester. Emily and her family enjoy camping and checking national parks off their list!

Administrative Staff

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Laura Lancaster Archer

Office Manager

Laura Lancaster Archer, or LLA for short, has been a part of the IPCP family for more than 15 years.  During that time she has worn many hats, including: Parent, Board Member, Substitute Teacher, Teacher, and now Office Manager. She has degrees in Psychology and Theatre Arts & Speech from Sewanee: The University of the South. When not tracking down 3231 Immunization Forms and processing ExtendedCare Request Forms, she enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, and going to sleep crazy early. LLA also once appeared on the game show, “Jeopardy!” with Alex Trebek.

Toddler Teachers

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Kristie Pursley

Lead Teacher, Toddler 1 Class

Kristie Pursley is the Lead teacher for the Caterpillar class, which is our Toddler 1 class. She came to IPCP in 2014 and has over 8 years of experience teaching toddler and preschool children, with two of those years as an assistant director and curriculum coordinator. Kristie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Anthropology from Georgia State University. She is passionate about the nature and play based curricula at IPCP.  When Kristie isn’t teaching she can be found exploring, photographing people and old buildings, or playing with her cat “Boogers”.

Liz Arnold

Assistant Teacher, Toddler 1 Class

Liz Arnold joined IPCP in August 2017 as the Assistant Teacher for the Caterpillar class. She has previous child care experience working in her mother’s in-home day care and being a full-time nanny. Liz has a love of children and a passion for nature. Her fondest memories of childhood include working in her garden, playing outdoors, and exploring her fascination with dinosaurs at Fernbank Museum. She is excited to share her love of nature with the Caterpillars.

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Lisa Hawkins

Lead Teacher, Toddler 2b Class

Lisa Hawkins came to IPCP in August 2015 and spent two years as the Assistant Teacher in the Toddler 1 class before becoming the Lead Teacher in our Toddler 2 class in August 2017. She has over thirteen years of experience in early childhood education working with both toddlers and preschoolers. Lisa holds a Child Development Associates degree and is currently enrolled in school to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Lisa loves IPCP for its friendly community, great staff and families, and wonderful children. Lisa’s favorite TV shows are Psych and Bones, and has been known to sing 90s R&B when she thinks no one is listening.

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Desirai Finley

Lead Teacher, Toddler 2a Class

Desirai Finley or Des, as she likes to be called, started at IPCP as a substitute teacher before becoming an Assistant Teacher in our Preschool program in August 2014. She became the Lead Teacher for the Toddler 2 class in August 2016. Desirai has a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies from Ohio State University and has also completed her Child Development Associate credential. She has over 10 years experience working with preschool aged children, infants, and toddlers. Des loves the IPCP community for the family participation and the focus on play-based learning. In her spare time, she loves playing dress up with her daughter and blogging about personal style.

Multi-Age Preschool Teachers

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Janea Hatcher

Lead Teacher, Multi-Age

Janea Hatcher started at IPCP in 2011 as an Assistant Teacher. She became a lead teacher in the Toddler 2 classroom in 2015 and transitioned to the Multi-Age classes in 2017. Janea has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Norfolk State University. Janea is passionate about Conscious Discipline and implements many of its structures to connect with children, teach them new skills, and build a school family in her classroom. Janea loves to laugh until her tummy hurts and she has a twin sister who is also an early childhood educator.

Ann Elizabeth Simmons

Assistant Teacher, Multi-Age

Ann Elizabeth Simons joined IPCP in 2017 as an Assistant Teacher. She has a degree in Child and Family Studies: Child Development from the University of Southern Mississippi and has worked with children and families in a variety of capacities over the last five years. Ann Elizabeth believes that learning through play, creating a child-focused environment, and expanding upon a child’s interests through teachable moments are essential to early childhood education. A Mississippi native, she loves all things Southern- sweet tea, college football, and hot weather!

 

 

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Toni Lonon

Lead Teacher, Multi-Age

Toni Lonon was a Lead Teacher at IPCP for the 2011-12 school year and returned to IPCP in 2016. She has over 15 years of experience working with toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten students. Toni has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University. Her favorite thing about IPCP is the focus on the social and emotional well being of each child. A Georgia native, Toni loves spending time hiking with her husband, 2 chatty preteen girls, and handsome Boston Terrier.

Michelle Price

Assistant Teacher, Multi-Age

Michelle Price joined IPCP in 2017 as an Assistant Teacher. She is currently enrolled at Georgia State University pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Michelle is passionate about early childhood education and enjoys working and advocating for children and their families. She has worked with children in many different settings, from summer day camps to afterschool elementary school programs for the past three years. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys reading, sewing, and baking.

 

Stephanie Germann

Lead Teacher, Multi-Age

Stephanie Germann came to IPCP in 2017 as a Lead Teacher in the Multi-Age class. She has over ten years of experience working in early childhood education programs, mostly in the state of Wisconsin and recently from Grant Park Cooperative Preschool. Stephanie has an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. She loves teaching in the outdoor classroom and using music and storytelling in the classroom. When she’s not inspiring young learners, Stephanie spends her time daydreaming in parks, playing music, browsing the internet for cute puppy photos, and practicing and teaching yoga.

 

Alexandria Benton

Assistant Teacher, Multi-Age

Alexandria came to IPCP in 2017 after spending some time at home with her daughter. Prior to becoming a parent, Alexandria worked in the Banking Industry for ten years and has an Accounting Degree from DeVry University. She loves that IPCP provides a safe, fun, and loving environment for children. Alexandria is an Atlanta native and enjoys cheering for the Atlanta Falcons and going to Piedmont Park with her family.

 

Elizabeth Stearns

Lead Teacher, Multi-Age

Elizabeth Stearns is the newest addition to the IPCP staff, joining the school in 2018. She has experience as a nanny, babysitter, and teacher, most recently from Grant Park Cooperative Preschool. Prior to teaching, she earned a degree from The Art Institute of Atlanta and worked as a Marketing Manager for a commercial real estate company. She enjoys working in cooperative preschools where she can foster relationships with children and families.

 

Erin Alketruse

Assistant Teacher, Multi-Age

Erin joined the IPCP team in 2017 as an Assistant Teacher. After graduating in 2012 from Columbia College in Chicago, she started working professionally in the Chicago theater community and as a preschool teacher at Little Green Treehouse in Chicago. Erin is excited to bring her creativity and love of nature-inspired learning into the classroom. When she is not teaching, you can find Erin hiking, reading, and working in the local theater community.

 

Multi-Classroom Teacher

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Multi-Classroom Teacher

Emily Pins came to IPCP in 2017 after spending six years teaching at Reggio Emilia inspired schools in Atlanta. She also worked as a children’s art instructor for many years, taking great joy in giving students the tools and confidence for creative expression. Prior to working in education, Emily spent ten years as a Senior Art Director, as well as a Fine Artist. Emily earned a BA in Documentary Arts from Antioch College in Ohio and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate from the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She enjoys working alongside parents with their children to guide and inspire them as they learn and grow into confident, joyful, and competent young people.


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