Our Teachers

Anchorage Cooperative Preschool is honored to have one of the most exceptional teams in the industry. Each teacher goes through comprehensive training, ensuring the entire staff has extensive experience in early childhood education.

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Karen Hoerner

Director

Karen is native to Montana where she grew up with her siblings in a very large home. She was the practical one when it came to school, loving to learn academics. It was at a very young age when she discovered the art of teaching young children whom she learned to entertain and had a natural flair for. Karen chose to enroll in her passion, working with young children and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time, Karen likes to find creative outlets such as paint nights, live music and simply enjoying the nature around her.

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Presha Carson

Lead Teacher

Presha is a proud mother of two girls, one 16-year-old and one 4-year-old who both keep her very busy! I am excited to have the opportunity to be a dedicated lead teacher here at ACP. I love being able to be part of the early years of education for children. Before moving to this position, I taught and prepared a pre-K classroom for Kindergarten. I have gained so much knowledge about early childhood development, the importance of parent involvement in a child's education, and effective classroom strategies. Just seeing their eyes light up when they discover something new has made my work with children so rewarding. I enjoy guiding their process of development to your goals as a parent.

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Tia Goward

Teacher Assistant

Hi! I’m Tia Goward, I am a born and raised Alaskan. Growing up in Chugiak, Alaska I got to experience so many amazing Alaskan sports including deep sea fishing, snowboarding, and even dog mushing! I’ve always loved being active and enjoying the outdoors! I began working with kids when I was still a kid myself! At Anchorage First Assembly I have been a part of their children’s ministry since I was 14 years old! Since then I have helped with countless fun filled events for our precious ones. Anything from Sunday school, nurseries, conferences, vbs events, and so much more. I am grateful to be a part of ACP and for all the joy the kids have brought me. I’m a mom to a toddler, we have so much fun reading, painting, dancing and playing.

 

OUR FACILITY

ACP is located in Midtown Anchorage.
While the ACP facility is housed in the First Christian Church, the school’s curriculum does not include any specific religious education. The Church believes in utilizing its facilities for benefit of the community and offers ACP reasonable rent so that our school can remain affordable while appealing to a diverse population.
Our classroom has an art area, gross motor area, and large play area. Within our classroom one will find toys that encourage creativity, exploration, and imaginative play. Further, they are designed to help children develop skills in cooperative play as they grow from 3 to 5.
One of our greatest assets is our large, shaded playground. During their outside time, our students are frequently found riding tricycles, “working” in the mulch with construction vehicles, sledding around the playground or engaged in imaginary play and games with teachers and friends. Children’s laughter is frequently heard as they slide with friends on the play structure.