Jade Clark - Baby Room A
Jade Clark is our newest addition to Parents’ Place! She holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology with a minor in dance. She has two daughters, ages five and two. Growing up she resided in Pennsylvania, California, Arizona and West Virginia. Currently, she teaches group exercise classes for WVU Hospitals. Last year she was a Parents’ Place member and a regular substitute for all age groups within the organization. Jade’s personal philosophy on children is that they are all small humans that deserve to be acknowledged, heard, respected and loved. Jade strives to provide those services to her students. She especially enjoys reading, singing and dancing with children. Jade loves children and is so very excited to begin teaching at Parents' Place.
Grace Brewer -- Baby Room B
Grace lives in Morgantown. She grew up in multiple cities across the country which has given her a childhood experience with different regional diversities. She currently holds an Associate’s degree in education and is pursuing a Bachelor’s with an interest in Early Childhood Development. Grace has two daughters and is involved in a local community group for mothers. Grace became involved in Parents’ Place last winter filling in as a substitute in Toddler Room A. Grace has many activities planned for the upcoming year, which will center around weekly themes that she hopes each of the students will find engaging and educational. Grace believes that children learn best through interactions with each other and by discovering the world around them. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with her family.
Jennifer White -- Toddler Room A
Jennifer joined Parents Place two years ago when her daughter attended school here. Although her daughter has moved on to "big kid school," Jennifer stayed on as the teacher for one of our toddler rooms. She is originally from Northern Virginia where she worked with special needs preschoolers in the Fairfax County School System. Before coming to Parents' Place, she was a substitute teach at several preschools in the Morgantown area.
Jennifer believes children learn through play. During our circle time, she introduces the class's theme of the week. Children learn about the theme through hands-on discovery. We have daily art projects, music, and story time- and of course, free play!
Kristen Matheny -- Toddler Room B
Kristen is a Morgantown native and mother of three who first came to Parents' Place as the Preschool Room A teacher in 2011. When her twin boys were born in 2013 Kristen decided to take a break from teaching to attend Parents' Place as a member. She attended for the three years, serving as a board member and Teacher Liaison for the last two. Her background is in theatre, with a BFA in Acting from WVU, and she spent several years teaching K-12 theatre classes and camps before joining Parents' Place. Kristen believes in teaching through play and creativity. She believes strongly in the value of a program like Parents' Place for parents and children alike, and is looking forward to another year of fun and learning!
Danielle Watkins -- Preschool Room A
Danielle is a native West Virginian who holds a degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in middle school math. She taught middle school science until the birth of her first daughter and decided to put teaching on hold while raising her family. She has lived in Morgantown since 2007 and joined Parents' Place as a parent with her two daughters from 2008-2013. While at Parents' Place, she was a Teacher Liaison and board member for two years.
Danielle is actively involved in her children's school and classrooms. She volunteers her time by doing read aloud, tutoring, helping with different school fundraisers, and being a classroom party organizer. She is very excited to join Parents' Place as a teacher and feels it is a great organization for parents and children.
Michelle Vorndran -- Preschool Room B
Michelle has been a resident of Morgantown since 2003 when she joined Parents' Place as a parent with her two daughters from 2003-2005. She began teaching at Parents' Place in 2009. After teaching in the baby room for one year, Michelle decided that her skills and experience would be more useful to Parents' Place in the older children's classroom. Her kindergarten teaching experience gives Michelle insight on where her Parents' Place students are headed.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in School Administration and Supervision. She has ten years of teaching experience in public schools. Nine of those years were spent in Prince George's County, Maryland and one year in Paramus, New Jersey. In addition to providing instruction to students in grades K-6, Michelle also mentored new teachers, organized school-wide staff development activities, and was a Social Studies resource teacher.
Although she put her teaching career on hold upon becoming a mom, Michelle remained active in the community as a substitute teacher at Parents' Place and Pierpont Christian Preschool, as a story time leader at Cheat Library, and, currently as a volunteer tutor at Cheat Lake Elementary. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her family.