Educated, well-trained, and dedicated: First School’s team of teachers work together to provide high-quality early education for children in Northwest Arkansas. The majority of our teachers have degrees in early childhood education or related fields. They also complete yearly continuous education and training as part of their employment. Teachers are carefully selected based on their previous teaching experience and ability to bond and effectively communicate and nurture children. We ensure that all teachers pass stringent background screenings and thoroughly review their personal references. Above all, we strive to employ teachers who genuinely appreciate and value children, who love the early childhood profession, and have a strong, positive curiosity about life that sparks confidence and joy in those around them.
We pride our program on maintaining staff. Over 50% of our teachers and faculty have been teaching at First School longer than 5 years. Combined we have over 140 years of teaching experience.
Teacher & Classroom List
Director: Cathy Hairston
Toddlers: Cindy Comins, Arielle Bailey
Younger 2’s: Tashea Johnson, Elizabeth Wilson, Molina Shutt
Older 2’s: Carla Davis, Bridgett Moore, Rosa Marinoni
Younger 3’s: Katie Herzog, Nicha Chollapand, Caroline Rochelle
Older 3’s: Rachel Thomas, Christian Hornwell, Amy Adams
Younger 4’s: Noi Sayabane, Paige Harper, Melissa Ylanan
Older 4’s: Emily White, Molina Shutt, Christian Hornwell
Kindergarten: Nancy Ho, Tori Moore
Music and Support: Grace Mangum