Our Director and Teacher work closely together to provide a safe, loving, and stimulating school environment. They have training in Early Childhood Education, First Aid and CPR, and keep current with education techniques by annually attending workshops, classes, and conferences. Both Lori and Michelle's positive, caring attitudes toward the children uphold our preschool's goals, values, and beliefs.
Kiddie Kampus's Director, Michelle Carnahan, has a BA degree in Liberal Studies with an Early Childhood emphasis and has worked in early childhood for nearly twenty years. She was an assistant preschool teacher for Alameda Parks and Recreation before becoming the head teacher at Godfrey Park for ten years. Michelle has been with Kiddie Kampus since 2006 and is a wonderful asset to our expanding program.
The preschool years of a child’s life are brief, magical times when anything and everything is possible. Kiddie Kampus is an amazing program that encourages children to explore and expand these possibilities. I am so lucky to be a part of this magic and to grow up again and again with all our families. I begin each day thinking about what new adventures I will encounter in the course of my day’s “work” as a Kiddie Kampus teacher.
Before discovering my passion for playing Candy Land and stringing pony beads onto pipe cleaners, I grew up in Wilmington, NC and completed my BS and MS in Genetics and Agriculture at North Carolina State University. I spent the next several years working at Cambridge University, meeting and marrying my husband, Andy, and traveling around the United Kingdom and abroad. We moved to the East Bay shortly before my first daughter, Josie, was born in 2002. Twins, Thomas and Libby, soon followed in 2005.
For the next five years I stayed busy while enjoying my young children by serving on the Neighborhood Parents Network Board of Directors, being a NPN Music Leader, and working as an Epworth Playgroup Leader. Josie started preschool at Kiddie Kampus in 2005, providing my family with our first experiences in cooperative, play-based learning. In 2007, our family moved to New Zealand to spend 2 years enjoying kiwi life.
Upon returning to Alameda, we immediately enrolled our twins at Kiddie Kampus and began the wonderful journey through early childhood education again. I have been an advocate and active member of the Kiddie Kampus community since we discovered the cooperative in 2005. I have served on the Board of Directors in the Membership and President positions. I earned my Early Childhood Education Certification through UCSC and have been working in my “dream job” as teacher of this play-based, cooperative preschool since 2009.