Chrissi Oliver, Lead Teacher and Assistant Director for Program Support

When she enrolled her daughter in the afternoon transition class at MWS in 1999, Chrissi was working as a financial analyst at Compaq Computer. She arranged her business schedule so she could also work as a teacher assistant for us. After two years as a TA, Chrissi gave up her corporate job in order to become certified to teach her own class.  Beginning in ... read more

Una Gillis, Business Manager

The first person to greet you when you arrive at the school office will most likely be Una Gillis.  Her warm smile and Irish voice welcome everyone immediately and signal that Una can't wait to show off the preschool that she loves.  Born in Galway and educated at St Patrick’s College of Education and University College Dublin, Ireland, Una worked as an ... read more

Elizabeth Lyng–Creative Movement

Elizabeth was introduced to MWS when she enrolled her son in preschool after moving from the metro-Atlanta area to Lexington. A year later, she joined our staff as a teaching assistant and continued in that position for two years before becoming our Creative Movement instructor.  Her love of children is obvious and began many years ago. She earned a Bachelor ... read more

MWS Teaching and Administrative Staff

As in all schools, our staff work with children because they love the challenge and joys of teaching.  Our program is unique because all of our staff were parents at MWS before they began teaching here!  We offer a teacher assistant training program for parents, with a commensurate tuition discount.  Most of those parents continue as teacher aides after ... read more

Teacher Assistants

MWS has a wonderful teacher-student ratio because we have a unique program for staffing our classes with lead teachers and teacher assistants. We offer parents the opportunity to work one morning a week in a class for the whole school year in exchange for a substantial tuition credit. We give $1100 off tuition for first year assistants and $1200 off tuition ... read more

Noriko Wada, Music Specialist

Born and raised in Kobe Japan, Noriko worked professionally as a director in many productions of major opera companies in Japan. Since she came to the United States, she has dedicated her professional life to teaching. She has over 20 years experience teaching music and the Japanese language to all ages. She is the mother of three girls ranging in age from ... read more

Jan Phelan, Lead Teacher

Jan’s love of children goes way back to her babysitting days as a teenager. She majored in child psychology and elementary education and then taught 1st grade for four years at various Catholic schools. When she married Bob Phelan, they decided to have a large family and went on to raise five children, four boys and one girl. When her last child graduated ... read more

Beth Levine, Lead Teacher

Before becoming a full-time mother, Beth had an interesting career as a research economist.  However, when she enrolled her second daughter at MWS in 1988, she became a teaching assistant and the excitement of economics paled in comparison to teaching.  She worked as a teaching assistant under every lead teacher at MWS over several years, observed many ... read more