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 helping out at our annual workday, bringing in party snacks to being a class parent. Every little bit strengthens us!


Our Staff

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 15 and 17, 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 attended the Conscious Discipline summit in Chapel Hill in June 2017, a week long immersion into the program that Dr. Becky Bailey developed for educators, administrators and parents alike. Our preschool is taking a journey together to learn about and practice Conscious Discipline in our community.

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, reading, walking, eating vegan food, watching movies

Lead Leap Frogs teacher

Laurie joined the DCP community in 2010. 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 and ducks, 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

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

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.

Assistant Pollywog teacher

Ginger has 30 years of experience working with children in various capacities. She’s been a Montessori preschool teachers, nanny, art school owner (California) and is the mom of two school-aged children. Ginger has her BA in Art History, her MA in Marriage Family Therapy with an Art emphasis and Montessori Method 0 – 6 diploma. She brings this strong background of art and play to the Pollywog class!
Hobbies: making art, drinking tea, spending time with her family

Lead Tadpole teacher

Amy is thrilled to be joining the DCP team as the Tadpole’s Lead Teacher. Amy has over a decade of experience working with children in schools and libraries across the world. Amy taught reading and writing at a bilingual school in Honduras, a rural middle school in North Carolina, and a primary school in Oxford, England. She coordinated the Raising a Reader early literacy program for the public library system in Rochester, NY.

Her diverse background has led her to discover new ways to reach all children. She believes children are so brave. They try new things every single day, and they try to do better than yesterday. She loves singing (albeit badly), pretending, laughing, and creating with children. She keeps a notebook of all the adorable—and often profound— things children say.

Amy has her BFA and MFA in Creative Writing. She lives in the countryside outside of Chapel Hill with her husband and two young daughters, a three-year-old and a one-year-old. They love to cook together, read books in the hammock, plant vegetables and flowers and watch things grow.

Hobbies: running, writing, arts & crafts, traveling, coffee, & buying secondhand books with beautiful inscriptions intended for people she will never know

Bu il Kim
Assistant Tadpole teacher

Mrs. Bu Il is excited to join the Tadpoles this year again! She previously worked in the Tadpole class for two years before leaving to have her daughter. Now she is back with a one year old in tow!

Bu il is originally from South Korea where she spent five years teaching elementary students. She moved to Durham in 2015 with her Canadian husband who attends Duke. She has missed teaching and is looking forward to getting to know you and your child!

Hobbies: cooking, going to good restaurants, making and drinking coffee, spending time with her family

Lily Pad Lagoon Lead teacher

Mrs. Laura is new to Lily Pad Lagoon this year! Along with being a mom of three wonderful kids (aged 5, 8, & 16), Laura’s has her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Master’s in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on Special Education & English as a Second Language. She’s worked with children in public schools, preschools, daycare’s and as a nanny. She loves helping children learn and discover new things. She’s just sent off her youngest to kindergarten and is looking forward to snuggling and loving on our youngest class members in the Lagoon.

Hobbies:  spending time with my family, sudoku puzzles, and working out at Burn Boot Camp-North Durham

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

Music teacher

Spencer Garfield is a musician and educator, recently transplanted from the Greater Boston area. After graduating UMass Amherst in 2012, they began their career as a professional lyricist, writing for groups known worldwide. They have worn a variety of other hats as well, including DJing, experiential education with children of all ages, video production, and eventually children’s music! Spencer’s story time and sing-along session in Massachusetts led to a grant which allowed them to produce their own album for young kids. Currently, Spencer works as a licensed Kindermusik educator at The Little Gym of North Raleigh, and continues to pursue creative endeavors.

Outside of children’s music, you’ll find Spencer experimenting in the kitchen, learning a new instrument, practicing tai chi, or digging for gems at local record stores.