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
Meet Charity Preston – Assistant Teacher
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.