All of our teachers are experienced early childhood specialists with bachelor and master degrees. They bring to the Co-op high expectations for student growth within a culture of respect and nurturing. Every day is planned to provide the children with opportunities to practice sharing and caring, learn about the world around them, develop reading and math skills, and express themselves through the joys of art and music. Co-op parents consistently praise our program for its strong educational curriculum within an atmosphere that makes their children eager to come to school every day.
Mrs. Jen Coyle earned a M.A. in Secondary Education Mathematics from Hunter College in NYC after earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University at Buffalo. Her previous professional experience includes teaching Seventh and Eighth Grade Mathematics for the New York City Board of Education for 5 years before taking time off to raise her family. After moving to Orchard Park, Jennifer’s involvement at the Co-op began as a parent while her three children attended. During those years, she held various positions on the Board including Treasurer and President. Previously Jen taught one of our three year old classes. This year she is very excited to take on a new role co-teaching our Four-plus class.
Mrs. Kapaun has degrees in both Speech Pathology and Elementary Education. Susie has taught kindergarten, first, and second grades for 13 years in Colorado prior to moving to New York. While in Colorado, she was also a freelance writer for Mailbox Magazine, a publication of ideas for classroom teachers. She started working at the Co-op in 2000 and has taught in both the three year old and four plus programs. Susie is currently co-teaching the Four-Plus Program with Jen Coyle. Susie is the mother of three boys and an active volunteer in the Orchard Park community.
Mrs. Stephen holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.S. in early childhood education from Fredonia State College. She joined the Co-op in 2005 and teachers one of our Four-Year-Old classes. Previously, she taught kindergarten for 18 years in area schools including Sweet Home and Alden. As a kindergarten teacher, Sally conducted a math workshop for teachers, managed the kindergarten screen program, and ran a summer program for entering kindergartners. She took a leave to raise her two children who now attend Orchard Park.
Mrs. Cindy Wiencek earned her B.S. degree in Early Childhood Development from Buffalo State College. Prior to teaching at the Co-op, Cindy taught pre-kindergarten and kindergarten in both Buffalo and Hamburg. She is in her eighteenth year at the Co-op. Cindy teaches one of our three year old classes and is director of Camp Lunch Bunch. She enjoys cooking inside and outside of class. She also enjoys children’s literature and has an extensive collection of children’s books.