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Our Teachers

Assistant Teachers 

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 Marianna Skoulikaritis "Mrs. M"

Assistant Preschool Teacher

Marianna will be our new assistant preschool teacher! She lives just down the road from WLP with her husband, 3 awesome kids and a big chocolate lab named Chase. Marianna has lived in Wilmot since 2018 and comes to us with past health care and childcare experience. She has also recently served as a WLP parent board member. She can't wait to meet all the new preschool students this fall!


Valerie Clausen "Mrs. Clausen" 
Assistant Pre-K Teacher

Q:  How long have you been at WLP? 

A: I started as a substitute teacher in 2006 and moved to a part-time assistant position the following year.

Q:  Why did you choose to teach at the preschool/preK level? 

A:  Three to five year-old children are active, enthusiastic, fun-loving people who are excited about learning.  I am not one to sit still for long, so I enjoy the energy of the children - there is never a dull moment in  the preK classroom!


Q:  What do you like most about teaching? 

A:  I enjoy seeing the pride in a child’s face when s/he has learned something new, or when s/he successfully  managed a frustrating social situation.


Q:  How long have you worked at the Wilmot Learning Place? 

A:  Six Years.


Q:  What is your favorite children’s book? 

A:  Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey.  It reminds me of summers in Maine when I was a child.


Q:  What is your favorite quote from a child that you have taught? 

A:  I honestly can’t think of a favorite quote, but the children frequently come up with cute or interesting ways of describing things or events.


Q:  What is your favorite “area” to teach? 

A:  The art area is my favorite area to work in.  I like thinking creatively and getting messy, and I try to share my enthusiasm for art with the children.


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