About DCP

Durham Community Preschool (DCP) is a half-day preschool that offers high-quality, nurturing care and education for children age 1 year to 5 years. We are a secular 501 c3 non-profit preschool that was started by a dedicated group of parents in 2009. Our Board of Directors is currently 100% parent-based. We like to think of ourselves a as a preschool created by parents, for parents.

At DCP you will find:

  • a warm, caring, enriching environment
  • developmentally-appropriate activities and toys
  • inviting rooms with child-centered learning areas
  • an experienced and nurturing staff
  • low teacher-to-child ratios
  • happy children and parents!

Each Fall, we send out a electronic mailing with our forms for the school year. Among them is our parent involvement form. There is a reason the word “community” is part of the school’s moniker – working together to keep this school operating at minimal costs to our families is a key part of our mission, and we strongly value the sense of contentedness that comes from this inclusive approach. Our parents benefit from volunteering, the staff benefits from it, and most importantly, the children benefit from it. This sort of involvement serves as a model to our young ones that volunteerism and teamwork are worthwhile endeavors and all children love seeing their parents more involved with their school.

We welcome your talents, time and interest in whatever capacity is comfortable. Not everyone has the resources to volunteer and that’s OK. We offer a wide-variety of ways to be involved – from washing laundry in our Lily Pad Lagoon to pulling weeds on our playground to bringing party snacks.

Our Staff

ROSE VOLPONI
Executive Director

Before joining the preschool as a toddler teacher in 2006, Rose was a playgroup organizing, parenting book reading, stay-at-home mom. She really enjoys these first five years and the enormous opportunity for magic, fun and learning that takes place! A mom of two girls, ages 14 and 16, you’ll often find her in the afternoons sitting in car line and in the evening, at home cooking dinner and spending time with her family. She became the Executive Director of DCP in 2010 and helped navigate its first few years standing on its own as a secular preschool. Rose is passionate about providing the best preschool experience to children, to engaging families of all types, and to supporting innovative and nurturing teachers. She strives to provide a firm, organized foundation for all these components to thrive in our preschool community. Rose has been a member of the Durham Orange Preschool Association since 2011 and joined the Early Childhood Director’s Forum at Project Enlightenment in 2013. She’s attended over 160 hours of training in early childhood education and management. She’s excited to go to the Conscious Discipline summit in Chapel Hill in June 2017 and bring back what she learns to the preschool. Rose has a B.A. in Inter-Cultural studies and her family hosted over ten exchange students in her house while growing up. This experience along with being an exchange student herself in three other countries, helped to shape her worldview of inclusivity, openness and innovation. She is inspired every day by the close school community that DCP embodies!

Hobbies: Painting, playing board games, reading, watching movies, eating vegan food

LAURIE MOTHERSHED
Lead Leap Frogs teacher

This is Laurie’s ninth year at DCP and she is thrilled to be returning! She has over fourteen years of experience as a preschool lead teacher for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. She appreciates DCP as a small, close-knit preschool that emphasizes the academic, social and cognitive development of young children. The curriculum in her classroom is theme based and teacher created. It is designed to provide children with the opportunity to discover and learn through play while providing structure that will help prepare children for kindergarten. Laurie believes in embracing the “teachable moments” and she enjoys exploring topics that her class is interested in. These unique themes are woven into a yearly curriculum that she shares with parents at the beginning of the year and in her weekly newsletters to parents.

Laurie received her BA in Early Childhood Education from Columbia College in South Carolina. She graduated Cum Laude, is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta – National Honor Sorority, and is a recipient of the Order of the Purple Seal for academic achievement. She lives in Durham with her husband and 3 teenage boys.

HOBBIES: reading, cross-stitch, raising backyard chickens, SEC football (Go Gamecocks!), caring for family pets (2 cats, 1 dog, 1 puppy in training) and keeping up with her children’s many, many activities and interests. She is currently writing a children’s book

REENA LAD
Assistant Leap Frog teacher

Reena is excited to move up with the Pollywog class to the Leap Frog class at DCP! This is her second year with DCP and she believes that the best way to teach or introduce new concepts is through play-based learning. She lives in Morrisville with her husband and two children, an 12 year old son and 4 year old daughter. She is originally from Mumbai, India and studied in Arts in Sociology.

Reena worked in Early Childhood Education as a lead teacher at Podar Jumob Kids in Maharashtra Mumbai.

Hobbies: Reading, listening music, traveling new places, exercising, being with her family

NICOLE SPAINHOWER
Lead Pollywog teacher

Nicole is excited to be joining our learning community this year! Nicole has over twelve years of experience working with children from infants to 6th grade. Preschool aged children are her favorite age group and she can’t wait to join our Pollywog class after spending time at home with her daughter! She believes children learn best through play. She’s committed to making each child’s early experiences with school fun so that they can grow into life-long learners.

Nicole received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Studies and Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Special Education from California State University, Fullerton.  She graduated Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude respectively.  Nicole has one school-aged daughter and lives in Durham.

Hobbies: running, going to the beach, reading and spending time with her family.

SUSAN JOHNS
Lead Tadpole teacher

Susan is thrilled to be joining the DCP team this year as the Tadpole’s Lead Teacher. She has been a preschool teacher and early education professional in California, New York, and North Carolina since 2010. She believes in facilitating playful learning for young students and sharing diverse children’s literature with emerging readers. She is passionate about DCP’s mission to provide children with a positive first learning experience and an early love of school.

Susan received a B.A. from Yale University in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and earned her M. Ed. in Child Studies from Vanderbilt. She lives in Old North Durham with her husband and her dog. You may see them taking a walk around the neighborhood in the evenings.

Hobbies: viewing and performing in theater, reading (picture books and chapter books), cooking and baking with her nieces

DIANE GERRINGER
Assistant Tadpole teacher

Mrs. Diane is excited to be in the Tadpole class again this year! She is the mom of two grown married children and grandmother to five grand children ages 14, 13, 6, 2 yrs. and 6 mo. old.  She and her husband live in Mebane where they enjoy spending time outdoors. Mrs. Diane joined DCP in the spring of 2017 and can be frequently seen doing fun and silly games with the Tadpole class.

Hobbies: being at the lake and beach. Doing Zumba!

CRISSY WILSON
Lily Pad Lagoon Lead teacher

Crissy is excited to start her second year in the Lagoon! She has worked with children for 14 plus years being a  preschool teacher/nanny.  She is a very involved mother of two kids and spends her time outside of preschool volunteering and subbing at her children’s elementary school. She and her husband live in Durham with their two girls, ages 10 and 6. She loves snuggling up to the children in the Lily Pad Lagoon and making their transition to preschool a loving and fun experience.
Hobbies: cooking, hiking and traveling

ALEXANDRA GEDDINGS
Lily Pad Lagoon assistant teacher

Alexandra or Alex, as she prefers, lives in Durham and has worked with children in Durham and Creedmoor for twelve years. She has worked with children ranging from the ages of 1 to11 in summer camp programs, after school programs, as a lead preschool teacher, and now as an assistant preschool teacher. She attended UNC Pembroke for early childhood education. She’s looking forward to another wonderful year in the Lily Pad Lagoon!

Hobbies: Going to the lake, being outdoors, fishing, antiques, crafting such as making jewelry and wreaths

LOUIS LANDRY
Music teacher

A professional musician with over a decade of experience performing and teaching, Louis realized he enjoyed working with children when he first started teaching private music lessons. He loves that in working with kids, he is able to remember that period in his life when he was always exploring, letting go of old ideas and welcoming the new. He will be introducing the Lily Pad Lagoon through Leap Frogs to music!