Samantha Meyer joined First Presbyterian Preschool in August of 2017 as Preschool Director. She holds a B.A. in English and a Master’s degree in Teaching. Samantha was formerly a middle school Language Arts teacher and SAT tutor before stepping away to be a full time mom for her three children, ages 10, 9, and 6. She and her family live in Lake George and she is an active member in the Lake George School District, having served as a member of the PTSO and currently as a Parent Rep on the district’s SPARC committee. Having recently been a preschool parent herself, Samantha works diligently to offer the best preschool experience for our young students and their families. Her favorite part of her job is interacting with the wonderful families at First Pres. Preschool, and when she is able to pop in to the classrooms to read to our students, or facilitate a Character Assembly. Samantha looks forward to many years of providing a wonderful first school experience for our preschoolers and their families; where they feel safe, nurtured and respected.
All of our teachers are all experienced Early Childhood Educators.
Karen Kowalski is one of our Pre-Kindergarten teachers. She has been teaching at First Pres. Preschool since 1993. Karen holds a B.S. in Special Education/Elementary Education from SUNY Geneseo and has a Masters Degree in Developmental Reading from SUNY Albany. She lives in Glens Falls with her husband, Lou. They have four grown children (all graduates of First Pres Preschool!) and four grandchildren. Karen enjoys outdoor activities in all seasons and takes both ballet and ballroom dance lessons. Her favorite part of teaching Pre-K is story time; reading and sharing books and authors with her students.
Lisa Bromley-Parker is our Teacher in the Toddler Class and 2 Day Three Year Old Class. She has been teaching at First. Pres. Preschool for 15 years. She has a Bachelors Degree from Skidmore College and is certified preschool through 6th Grade. Lisa loves spending one on one time with her students and watching them grow and learn. She especially loves watching them learn through Art, Circle Time, and Reading with her little ones. During her time away from school, Lisa loves watching football and hockey and being a part of the Skidmore Basketball team with her daughter who attends school there.
Amy Ross joined First Pres Preschool in 2012 as our Mommy & Me Teacher. She lives in Queensbury with her husband, two daughters, ages 10 and 13, (First Pres. alumni!) ) and their golden retreiver. Amy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Penn State University, and previously worked as the activities director at a nursing home. She has been a piano teacher for many years and looks forward to spending time with the little ones every Friday as well as subbing in the 3 year old and Pre-K classes.
Sarah Spitzer has been teaching Gym Class here at First Pres. for many years. She has a Masters Degree in Sport and Fitness Management; both of her children attended our Preschool.
Danielle Volks is our Pre-K and Enrichment Teacher. She hasbeen with First Pres. Preschool since 2011, and brought with her over 10 years of experience teaching preschool. Danielle has a Masters Degree in Education from the College of St. Joseph and a B.A. from Castleton State. Danielle holds certifications in Special Education, Literacy (birth-grade 6), and Pre-K-Grade 6. She lives in Queensbury with her husband and son, who also atteneded First. Pres, and is currently a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at Glens Falls Hospital and a Queensbury Elementary PTSA member. Outside of school, Danielle enjoys spending time with friends, boating, hiking, skiing, reading and traveling.
Kristen Paigo has taught our 3 day Three Year Old Class since 2013. She holds a B.A. in Art History and decided to get her Master’s Degree in Art Education after spending a year with Americorps in Colorado where she learned she wanted to be in the classroom working with children each day. Kristen and her family live in Glens Falls and her two older daughters attended our preschool. Outside of school Kristen is a member of the PTA, a Brownie troop leader, and enjoys reading. Her favorite part of teaching the 3 year olds is the joy that comes from being a part of children’s first experiences in school.
All of our Assistant Teachers are experienced in Early Childhood Education as well.
Mindy Hess is an Assistant Teacher in the 3 day 3Yr. old class with Kristen Paigo. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with a minor in Communication. She has two daughters and enjoys being active outside with her family and their dog. Mindy is active within her church and enjoys helping with their children’s ministry program.
Susan Sylvia is an Assistant Teacher in the Toddler Class and 2 day Three Year Old Class. She holds a Bachelors Degree. She lives in Queensbury with her husband and two children who attended our preschool when they were young.
Lynn Schulz is the Assistant Teacher in the 4 Day Pre-Kindergarten Class with Karen Kowalski. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She has been with First Pres. for many years; first working as a “Floating Staff” and then in the Three Year Old Classes. Lynn has three children and lives in Queensbury with her husband John and their youngest son.
Judith Thomas is the Assistant Teacher in the 5 Day Pre-Kindergarten Class. She has a Nursing Degree and was previously a registered Mid-Wife. She has been with First Pres. as an Assistant Teacher and Substitute for 12 years.