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.