About Us

Durham Community Preschool (DCP) is a half-day preschool that offers high-quality, nurturing care and education for children aged 6 months to 5 years. We are a secular 501 c3 non-profit preschool that was started by a dedicated group of parents in 2009. We are governed by a Board of Directors that 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. We understand that 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 12 and 15, you’ll often find her in the afternoons sitting in car line and in the evening, at home cooking dinner for her family and playing with their dog. She became the Executive Director of DCP in 2010 and helped navigate its first few years standing on its own as a secular preschool. She is passionate about providing the best preschool experience to children, to engaging families of all types, to supporting innovative and nurturing teachers. She strives to provide a firm, organized foundation for all these components to thrive in our preschool community. She 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 has attended over 100 hours of training in early childhood and business management. She is excited to attend a week long training on Conscious Discipline in June of 2017 that she hopes to bring back to the preschool. She 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: Trying out new vegan recipes, playing board games, reading, watching movies

LAURIE MOTHERSHED
Lead Leap Frogs teacher

This is Laurie’s seventh year at DCP and she is thrilled to be returning! She has over twelve 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.

RACHEL TAMEZ
Assistant Leap Frog teacher

Mrs. Rachel is excited to be returning to the Leap Frog classroom for her fourth year as an assistant teacher.  She has her bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching preschool for the past nine years.  She is also attending school at the University of North Carolina and will graduate in Summer 2018 with her Masters of Education in Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support.  Her educational philosophy is that children learn best through hands on experiences.  She lives in Durham with her husband, four-year-old daughter and one-year-old son. “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” ~Alexandra K. Trenfor

Hobbies: Crossfit, traveling, stained glass, camping, cooking and reading.

TEKURAH BOYD
Assistant Leap Frog teacher

Tekurah, often know as Ms.T or Tk, has been in the field of education for 10 years. She loves teaching and has held almost every position available from intern and volunteer to teacher and summer camp coordinator. She’s currently the Assistant Afterschool manager at EK Powe Elementary. She’s excited to spend her mornings assisting the Leap Frog class on Fridays and helping out in the other classrooms during the week. Her dream one day is to own and manage her own daycare. She’s got an associate’s degree in business administration, 4 endorsement certificates from Virgina Department of Social Services and other certifications. She loves what she does and is looking forward to getting to know you!

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KRISTINE WILLIFORD
Lead Pollywog teacher

Mrs. Kristine holds her NC Early Childhood Credentials and has over 16 years’ experience working with children. Her motto is the messier the better! She encourages children to work as hard as they play and loves to see their Ah Ha moment. She is originally from Louisiana and moved to Oxford, NC when she was 14. When not in the classroom she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 5 children. Mrs. Kristine lives is Oxford on a farm with 2 horses, a mini donkey, a turtle, 2 guinea pigs and 1 dog!

Hobbies: Watching her children’s activities, camping, crafting, traveling, volunteering in the community through Girl Scouts and church

REENA LAD
Assistant Pollywog teacher

Reena is excited to join as assistant teacher in the Pollywog room at DCP. She lives in Morrisville with her husband and two children, an 11year old son and 3 year old daughter. She is originally from Mumbai, India and studied in Arts in Sociology.

She worked in Early Childhood Education as a lead teacher at Podar Jumob Kids in Maharashtra Mumbai. She has spent the past year working as substitute teacher at DCP. She believes that the best way to teach or introduce new concepts is through play-based learning.

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

DIANE GERRINGER

Lead Tadpole teacher

Mrs. Diane is excited to be joining the Tadpole class 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.

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

Bu Il Kim
Assistant Tadpole teacher

Mrs. Bu Il is excited to join the Tadpoles this year! You may have seen her some on the playground and in the classroom this summer. She is originally from South Korea where she spent the last five years teaching elementary students. She moved to Durham and the U.S. with her husband who attends Duke. She has missed teaching and is looking forward to getting to know you and your child!

Hobbies: cooking, looking for good restaurants and doing crafts

CRISSY WILSON
Lily Pad Lagoon Lead teacher

Crissy is excited to join the Lily Pad Lagoon this year! She has worked with children for over thirteen years as a nanny and preschool teacher.  She also has enjoyed subbing and volunteering at her daughter’s schools. She and her husband live in Durham with two girls, ages five and nine. She is looking forward to snuggling up with the Lily Pad Lagooners and making a positive impact all the children in her care.

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 eleven 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 a 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 Tadpoles through Leap Frogs to music!