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Meet the Nature's Way Preschool Team!

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  • Preschool Director

    Heather Goetzinger

    Heather Parker Goetzinger | Preschool Director

    Heather became director of Nature’s Way in 2011.  She has a BS in Early Childhood Education from MSU and a Master of Education from GVSU.  She has been a Young Fives teacher and a Headstart Director.  Her children Paige (17), Ella (16), and Spencer (12) are all proud alumni of Nature’s Way Preschool.  Her love for NWP began as a parent and continues as an educator, experiencing the power of nature play every day.   

  • 3 day South Classroom, 8:45 am & 12:45 pm

    Holly & Lindsey

    Holly Morris & Lindsey Homan

    Holly Morris
    Holly had been a teacher at Nature’s Way since 2006.  She has a BS in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement from WMU.  She loves exploring nature with young children, especially her daughter Wren, age 3.  In her spare time, she also enjoys music with her husband in a few local bands:  Tambourina , Overly Polite Tornados, and Glowfriends.     

    Lindsey Homan
    Lindsey comes to NWP with over 15 years experience with young children and their families.  She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education with teacher licensure from National Louis University as well as a Master of Education from the Erikson Institute.  When not at school, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her son Teddy (future NWP all star!) and their very spoiled Rottweiler Sophie, attending library story times, and the dog beach.  

  • 3 day North Classroom, 8:30 am & 12:30 pm

    Kaitlin & Shannon

    Kaitlin Lindahl & Shannon McLeese

    Kaitlin Lindahl
    Kaitlin is beginning her first year on the NWP team. She has a BS in Biology from GVSU and recently completed her Master of Arts in Environmental Education with Concordia University. She comes to us from the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery where she has been a Natural Resource Educator for 6 years. She has been a substitute teacher in several local school districts and was an assistant preschool teacher for 2 years. In her spare time she loves to go cross-country skiing with her husband, hiking, kayaking, dancing and playing hockey.   

    Shannon McLeese
    Shannon joined the Nature’s Way team in 2016.  She has a BS in Zoology from MSU and an Early Childhood/Elementary teaching certification.  She has almost completed her Master of Arts in Teaching through Miami University.  Shannon has worked as a zoo educator at Binder Park School and taught kindergarten in Texas.  She loves working with young children and sharing her enthusiasm for animals, nature, and the outdoors with her students.  Shannon is the NWP Parent Green Team coordinator and passionate about promoting conservation values.  

  • 2 Day South Classroom, 8:45 am & 12:45 pm

    Michele and Holly

    Michele VanAllen & Holly Morris

    Michele VanAllen
    Michele has been a preschool teacher, a reading tutor,  and has volunteered at NWP and KNC for several years in a variety of programs, including serving as a KNC Board Member.  She has a BS in Environmental Science from MSU and is currently pursuing a Master of Education at WMU.  She has been married to Erik for 26 years and they have two girls, Kara and Mia, who are also working on college degrees, a dog named Daisy and a cat named Ozma.  

    Holly Morris
    Holly had been a teacher at Nature’s Way since 2006.  She has a BS in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement from WMU.  She loves exploring nature with young children, especially her daughter Wren, age 3.  In her spare time, she also enjoys music with her husband in a few local bands:  Tambourina , Overly Polite Tornados, and Glowfriends. 

  • 2 Day North Classroom, 8:30 am &12:30 pm

    Meri and Shannon

    Meri Morrow & Shannon McLeese

    Meri Morrow  
    Meri graduated from WMU with a Bachelor of Science in Education with minors in Art, Science and Early Childhood Education. She has 19 years experience teaching children of various ages, Pre-K through eighth grade. Meri’s son PJ attended Nature’s Way Preschool and is now a first grader at Winchell Elementary.  She loves watching children grow and learn in nature and believes in building strong family connections in schools.    

    Shannon McLeese
    Shannon joined the Nature’s Way team in 2016.  She has a BS in Zoology from MSU and an Early Childhood/Elementary teaching certification.  She has almost completed her Master of Arts in Teaching through Miami University.  Shannon has worked as a zoo educator at Binder Park School and taught kindergarten in Texas.  She loves working with young children and sharing her enthusiasm for animals, nature, and the outdoors with her students.  Shannon is the NWP Parent Green Team coordinator and passionate about promoting conservation values.