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Meet Kari Planz – Director, Head Teacher

I am so happy you are interested in our school! I am the Director and head teacher of the 4 yr old class. The students have been calling me Mrs. Planz, but the rest of my coworkers have recently changed over to using their first names and I am feeling a little left out… and old! I am ready to join them and let the kids call me Miss Kari. I grew up in Latham, but my family and I have spent some time living in North Augusta, South Carolina and Kansas City, MO. I attended North Colonie schools, HVCC, and Clarkson University, where I received a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  It didn’t take me long to decide that engineering was not the right field for me, so once we started our family in 1993, I went back to school for Early Childhood at Augusta College. Since then, my husband Eric and I have added 4 more children, yes we have 5 kids, they range in age from 27 to 15. The oldest is Megan, who is also a teacher, then Brian who is an Engineer in Chicago, Jenna who is a newly graduated Occupational Therapist, Emily, who is our head 3 yr old teacher, and a graduate student at SUNY Albany and Stephen, who is 15, and a junior at Niskayuna High School. We also have 2 dogs at our house, their names are Molly and Lennon. This is my 12th year in a preschool setting, I have done preschool gymnastics and assistant teacher positions, before becoming a head teacher and then director at Calvary. I am very excited to get to know your children and your families this year.

Meet Emily Planz – Head Teacher

Hello there! I am the teacher for the three-year-old class this year! This is my fourth year working at Calvary and I absolutely love it! My degree is in Human Development and Psychology and a lot of my studies focused on Educational Psychology! I’m currently in school working towards a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. 
Some of my favorite activities include nature walks, cooking, baking yoga, and ice cream. My favorite animals are dogs, sharks, and hedgehogs. Some of my favorite books are No, David! or Uni the Unicorn. I can’t wait to meet your children!

Meet Charity Preston – Assistant Teacher

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Meet Jess Gregg – Assistant Teacher

Hi! I’m Ms. Jess! I live in Latham with my family and our 2 cats. My background is in Fine Arts, education, and child psychology. In addition to all of the fun we have at Pre-School, I also own my own wedding and portrait photography business and offer private fine art instruction for all ages. I love painting, theatre, making messes, and can often be found watching Frozen 2 with my daughters or working in my garden with an iced coffee during my free time.