Gingerbread House Preschool

 Zionsville, Indiana

At Gingerbread House Preschool every class of 12 students has two teachers.  At least one of those two teachers has a bachelor's degree in education.  In most classes, BOTH teachers have bachelor's degrees.

Our Teachers:

  • Colleen Anders: BS in Business, Indiana University. Three years teaching at Gingerbread House Preschool.
  • Becky Dzurison: BS in Child and Family Preschool from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois and 12 years teaching at Gingerbread House Preschool.
  • Sarah Griesemer: IUPUI and Ivy Tech Community College undergraduate education. Instructional Assistant at J.B. Stephens Elementary School, Greenfield, IN.
  • Seonad Hallam: BA in Criminology and Social Policy from University of Hull, United Kingdom. Operations Manager and Senior Proof Editor for two educational publishers and 2 years at Gingerbread House.
  • Joanna Hoops: BA from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa and Graduate Studies in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University and Purdue University and 8 years teaching at Gingerbread House Preschool.
  • Molly Kincaid: BA in English, University of Wisconsin. Masters in Education, National-Louis University. Taught second grade at St. Michael-St. Gabriel Archangels Elementary School, Indianapolis.
  • Sue Kopecky (Director): BA in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Taught first and second grade in Omaha, Nebraska and Indianapolis, Indiana and 30 years teaching at Gingerbread House Preschool.
  • Martha Pappas: BS degree in Education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and 4 years teaching at Gingerbread House Preschool.
  • Cheryl Patellos: BS in Biology and Master of Public Health in Industrial Hygiene from University of Michigan. Employed at Eli Lilly 1994-2000. Religious Education Leader at St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church 2008-2015 and 2 years teaching at Gingerbread House Preschool.
  • Jil Savery: BA in Elementary Education from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and MS in Education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and 12 years teaching at Gingerbread House Preschool.
  • Tina Snider: Former teacher at Zionsville Presbyterian Church and 8 years teaching at Gingerbread House Preschool.

Sue Kopecky, Director and Teacher,

"For me, early childhood education is more than a career, it is a calling. I believe that the preschool years are the most important years in a person's educational life. A high quality preschool education, like the one provided at Gingerbread House, is more important than a high quality college education, because without the former, the latter is less likely to happen."