Melissa Egan started teaching the Tadpoles at Downey in 2007 after seven years of being a co-op parent. Her past experience, including being a preschool teacher from toddlers to four-year-olds and a grade school volunteer, make her a great fit for the Downey team. As a co-op parent, she held a variety of positions, including president, and served on the board of ICPC. Melissa has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Western Kentucky University and received specialized training in early childhood education at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Melissa is a calming presence in the classroom and enjoys building relationships with the parents. She loves being in nature, spending time with her family, and laughing as often as possible.
Staci Lovold has a bachelor’s degree in kindergarten-primary education from Indiana State University and a master of arts degree in curriculum development and mild interventions from the University of Indianapolis. She has taught kindergarten and first grade and served as a literacy coach for K-8 students for several years before joining the teaching team at Downey. Staci has had two children progress through cooperative preschools and has held a variety of roles during that time, including the health & safety chairperson, class representative, and membership chairperson. As Downey’s Frog and Leapfrog Kindergarten teacher, her goal is to meet all of the children where they are developmentally and help them progress from that point using developmentally appropriate activities and materials. She is looking forward to learning more about the families joining the class.
Mindy Dant began her experience at Downey as a co-op parent when her oldest child was part of the Polliwog class. She has held roles as class rep, president, co-president, and treasure before teaching the Frogs’ class. She is a graduate of Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After graduation she spent six years teaching kindergarten. Mindy whole-heartily believes in the “learn through play” motto and cooperative model of Downey. She works to create activities and experiences that encourage children to inquire, explore, and play freely. Mindy enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, being in nature, going on bike rides, and discovering new and interesting children’s books.
Angie Burck serves as our Polliwog and Lily Pad teacher. She has been a pediatric Occupational Therapist for 25 years; specializing in the birth to 3 population. She currently also works for the Indiana First Steps program. Angie has a long time affiliation with Downey Cooperative Preschool; attending Downey herself as a child and as a co-op parent for her 4 children. As a co-op parent, she held a variety of positions including president, secretary, and membership chairperson. Angie also founded and runs a non-profit organization called Project Play, Inc. which provides toys and books to children who need them. She has a strong belief in the power of learning through play.