The faculty at St. James’ Preschool are skilled educators who have been teaching young children for years. All teachers meet or exceed Maryland State requirements for their position and participate in annual professional development directly related to the early childhood education field. We are all so excited to welcome your children to St. James’ Preschool!
Ms. Laura Coker, Interim Director/Pre-K Teacher
Ms. Sujatha Tirupathi, Two-Year-Old Teacher: Hello, my name is Sujatha and I am from India. I completed my Bachelors degree in Science. I have been working in childcare for three years and I am certified in 45 hours Infant/Toddler and 45 hours Growth and Development Certification. I also recently completed my 90 Hour Preschool Certification. I enjoy working with children of various ages and being involved in helping their development. I’m a passionate and dedicated teacher who teaches with the utmost enthusiasm. My optimistic and planned approach while teaching helps young children learn and grow.
I’ve been very blessed to have a long involvement in early childhood education. For the past 30+ years I’ve spent my days with our youngest, funniest, brightest young students as they begin their lifelong love of learning. My career began in BCPS teaching 2nd grade. I then spent time at home as a full time mommy to my daughter, Carrie, and son, Stephen. After teaching part time for the next 10 years (Kindergarten and 1st grade), my path led me to St. James’ Academy teaching 2nd grade again for 23 years. Since my retirement in 2015 I have enjoyed time with my family and friends. I especially love being close to my granddaughters, Isobel and Sylvie, since their move back to Maryland from Alabama. I’ve been a member of St. James’ Church since 1990. I was instrumental in establishing the Preschool, and these days I love spending my Tuesdays with the wonderful little kiddos here.
Ms. Megan Shopf: Floating Assistant: Miss Megan has many years working with preschool-aged children. After being a stay-at-home mom for several years, Miss Megan is excited to be working as the floating assistant at St. James’ Preschool. She is a graduate of Millersville University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Miss Megan enjoys playing with her two lively children and planning Girl Scout activities for her daugher’s Brownie troop.
Ms. Chelsea Yeich: Afternoon Teacher: I have loved working with children ever since I was old enough to baby sit. I have experience as a nanny and a school photographer for about 5 years, working with children ages newborn to high school. I have a degree in graphic design and a passion for photography. In the afternoons, I’m able to use these gifts with the students to create an imaginative play and craft time as well as digitally capture those special moments!
Ms. Diana Hoffman: Older Twos Teacher & Threes Teacher: Hello! My name is Diana Hoffman. I have worked with children, especially two year olds for over 8 years. I am a firm believer in bringing the outside wonders of the young mind to life. As a teacher, I will work with the children and together we will discover endless possibilities. I live in Maryland with my two dogs, Shaggy and JJ. I also live with my grandmother who I help care for. I love baseball, football, the color purple, animals and being outside every chance I get. I look forward to starting this new adventure with all the wonderful families here at St. James Preschool.
Ms. Sierra Sheeler: Afternoon Assistant: Hello! My names Sierra Sheeler. I am a senior at Hereford High School. I have completed both Child Development classes offered at my school. I am also working towards my Child Development completer. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, going swimming and baking! I am very excited to be working as an afternoon assistant at St. James Preschool!