Faculty and Staff
Our Faculty and Staff bring to UCCC their education, expertise, and enthusiasm – a love for children and teaching. They are committed to helping young children and their families grow and learn. Each teacher is responsible primarily for her own classroom of children, although there is collaboration and continuity between/among classes. Teachers keep families informed about their child and the child’s classroom through newsletters and calendars, spontaneous and planned conversations and meetings, and twice-yearly conferences where on-going informal and formal assessments and portfolios are shared. Our administrator facilitates communication and the work among families, teachers, and the Preschool Council.
Robin Abeshaus- Tues & Thurs 4/5 Teacher
Robin joined the “Monkey” class as a teacher in 2005. She and her husband, Stephen Kalm, are former UCCC parents. Robin tries not to count how many years it has been since her son, Evan, (now 19 and working for Jackson Construction) was in the 4/5’s class! Robin and Stephen moved to Missoula from New York City in 1994. Both their children, Anna and Evan, were born in Missoula. Anna has since moved to NYC where she attends Barnard College and enjoys eating real bagels. Robin started her teaching career in NYC as a 1st/2nd grade teacher at Bank Street School for Children. She was thrilled to become a preschool teacher upon moving to Missoula, where she began teaching 3 – 5 year olds at Clark Fork School. She has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Robin enjoys learning with and from the children she teaches. She also enjoys supporting the social justice issues embodied in the preschool’s mission statement and University Congregational Church. When she is not at school, Robin enjoys knitting, reading, attempting to garden, taking walks and naps, and volunteering with Missoula Food Bank.
Meagan Barkley- Mon, Wed, Fri 4/5 Teacher
Jess Coulter- Mon, Wed, Fri 3/4 Teacher
Neva Hickman- Tues & Thurs 3/4 Teacher
Neva is excited to be teaching the “Ladybug” class. She’s been involved with UCCC since 2014 when her son attended UCCC and she served as the Council Co-Chair. Subsequently, Neva served as Council Secretary, parent of a second UCCC-attending son, Lunch Bunch Assistant, and long-term substitute in the Ladybug class. Neva grew up on the shores of Lake Superior in northern Michigan. She has a BA in Psychology from University of Michigan, an MA in Northern History from University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a life-long commitment to volunteering in schools and for educational opportunity programs. Before moving to Missoula in 2011, Neva worked as an historian and PhD candidate in Fairbanks, Alaska. An avid reader with a deeply-rooted love of learning and an abiding curiosity, Neva endeavors to provide a stimulating and safe school environment, instilling that same love of learning through play and nurturing creativity and self-expression. She is delighted to be a part of UCCC and to have the opportunity to help young children develop socially, emotionally, and intellectually in their preschool journey.
Rhett Hoff- Preschool Administrator
Rhett is the Administrator at UCCC. Rhett is a former UCCC parent and was previously President of the Paxson Elementary PTA. She is a native of South Carolina and the mother to two sons. Prior to motherhood and moving to Montana, she was the Operations Manager of a whitewater rafting company on the Chattanooga River. Rhett has a B.A. in Biology from the College of Charleston and enjoys hiking, birding, gardening, cooking, and all things involving rivers. Rhett is excited to be back at UCCC working with such a great team of teachers and parents.
|Preschool Council 2018-19||Name||Phone|
|Co-Chair, Church Liaison||Paige Judnichfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Distribution Treasurer||Laci Rathbunemail@example.com|
|Income Treasurer||Katie Halloranfirstname.lastname@example.org|