NVNS Plan for Teacher/Director Retirement & Replacement
Napa Valley Nursery School’s current Teacher/Director, Lori Ware (Mz. Lori), is planning to retire after the 2019-20 school year, at which point, our current Substitute Teachers, Adrianne Koford and Elizabeth Hughes, will take over the Teacher/Director role together beginning with the 2020-21 school year.
The NVNS Board completed a thorough evaluation of this plan to ensure that it will provide a smooth and positive transition for the school. Over the course of that process, it became abundantly clear how fortunate NVNS is to be able to continue under the guidance of such wonderful long-term members of our school community. Adrianne and Elizabeth are both:
- Ready to take on larger professional roles as Co-Teachers/Co-Directors at NVNS.
- Currently serving as our primary Substitute Teachers and leading our monthly Kids Night Out events.
- Excellent, experienced teachers who’ve spent a great deal of time teaching at NVNS.
- Highly qualified from an educational standpoint, and enthusiastically endorsed by both the Program Coordinator and the Dean for the Child and Family Studies program at Napa Valley College.
- Extremely knowledgeable about the workings of our business from their time serving on the NVNS Board.
- Truly invested in our NVNS motto (“Together We’re Better!”), and passionate about working with children and their families.
- Committed to continuing NVNS’s focus on offering a safe, inclusive, creative, nurturing, play-based parent cooperative preschool program in an engaging, sensory-rich environment that empowers children and their families to build strong relationships while they work, play, learn, and grow together as a community.
To share a bit of their individual backgrounds…
Adrianne Koford attended college at Sacramento State University, where she nannied for a family with three children, volunteered at a children’s counseling center, completed an internship in the Child Life Specialist department at UC Davis Medical Center, and volunteered as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for at-risk youth in the legal system. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development (with a minor in Psychology), she moved to Napa and began working as an Assistant Teacher in Sunrise Montessori’s upper elementary classroom. The following year, she began teaching at the Napa Valley College Child Development Center as one of two head teachers in the toddler classroom. During her time at NVC CDC, she supervised several teacher assistants and lab students from the Early Childhood Education Department and ran a full-day classroom. She left teaching for a brief time after her oldest child was born (working on a part-time basis for a local children’s store), but returned to the classroom as a working parent while her 3 children attended NVNS. She served as a Board Member for all 6 of the years her children attended NVNS, and quickly became one of the school’s primary Substitute Teachers.
Elizabeth Hughes began taking classes at Napa Valley College in 2006 and was introduced to Mz. Lori as a lab student in 2007. She took a break from pursuing her education when her oldest child was born, but returned to the classroom as a working parent while her 3 children attended NVNS. During those 7 years, she served as a Board Member and became one of the school’s primary Substitute Teachers. She returned to college in 2014 to complete her degree in Child and Family Studies. In 2017, she completed the Teaching Practicum course with Mz. Lori as her Mentor Teacher, and feels that working under her supervision and guidance as both a parent and teacher has shaped who she is as a Preschool Teacher. She graduated from Napa Valley College in 2017 with an Associate’s Degree in Child and Family Studies, specializing in Administration and Supervision. During her time at NVC, she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, graduating with honors.
The details of how Adrianne and Elizabeth will share the Teacher/Director role will be worked out as Mz. Lori’s retirement date draws closer. However, the current plan is that one will be the primary teacher for the T/TH class and the other will be the primary teacher for the MWF class, possibly alternating teaching responsibilities on Fridays. They plan to cover each other’s substitute teaching needs whenever possible, and they will both participate in extra-curricular school events (e.g. Board Meetings, Parent Meetings, fundraising events, etc.), so children and enrolled families will get to know both of them very well during their time at NVNS. In this important transition process, our NVNS motto holds so true—together we really are better!