Humpty Dumpty, a parent-owned cooperative established in 1966, is both alike and different from other good schools for three- and four-year-old children. The school is owned by the parents of the children who are currently enrolled. The high level of parental involvement allows tuition rates to be kept to a minimum while maintaining a high quality preschool program.
Predetermined class size and favorable adult-child ratios insure a maximum of individual attention for each child. The positive influences of both teachers and parents, working closely together, creates an extended family atmosphere in the classroom. This relationship provides an excellent bridge between home and school. Not only does the enrollment of a child at Humpty Dumpty provide opportunities for the child to become acquainted with new friends and their parents, it also provides the same opportunity for parents to form friendships.
The Board of Directors of Humpty Dumpty Preschool is chosen to represent the majority of parents. The board manages the business of the school, which includes securing a location for the school, hiring qualified staff, providing funding for curriculum and equipment, scheduling and training parent helpers, and administering help to the teachers in various ways. It is vital to the success of the school that the board provides support, physically and emotionally, to the staff in order for the school to function smoothly.
The most important goals the teachers and parents have for the children are to insure that each child feels loved and secure while at school and that they have many opportunities to learn individually, in small groups, and in large groups.
The curriculum is designed to provide enrichment opportunities, to provide social development and encourage creative expression. A “hands on” or constructivist philosophy guides the planning and implementation of activities in dramatic play, block building, wood working, teacher-guided and self-guided art, rhythm and music, language experiences, and Biblical teachings. Thematic based centers will also engage the children in science, math, and literacy activities that are cognitively and developmentally designed to meet the goals as set by the Missouri State Standards.
The teachers are responsible for planning and carrying out the program or curriculum, providing a safe, healthy and happy environment, establishing opportunities for social and intellectual growth for each child, and maintaining close communication with each family and with the members of the board. Because the teachers are the constant in the organization, it is important for them to establish a cooperative rapport with the church liaison and minister of the church where the school is located.
Our Vision Statement
By engaging in safe, memorable experiences, each child will grow in the likeness of God while developing their individual talents and strengths. Through active learning, creative exploration, and play, each child will have the opportunity to be an enthusiastic learner. Together in partnership, the home and the school will positively enhance each child’s first educational experience.
Meet Our Staff
Humpty Dumpty teachers and staff are the constant in the program, and are responsible for developing lesson plans and curriculum. We could be biased, but we think our staff is the best! Your children are always in great hands.
Administrative Director/Board President/MWF Teacher
Stacie Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from MSU, with an emphasis in early childhood education. Beyond this, Stacie has two years of graduate level education. Stacie is teacher certified for pre-K through 8th grade and has six years of public school teaching experience. Before coming to Humpty, she had also been involved in other preschools and daycares for five years. This is Stacie’s 21st year at Humpty Dumpty. Stacie and her family are members of Forum Christian Church and serve in Children’s Ministry.
Vice President/ Director of Finance/Treasurer/TTH Teacher
Angela Mayer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from MU and is certified to teach children birth to 3rd grade. She has worked in several preschools as an aide, a lead teacher, and as an assistant director and a director before she spent 12 years as a stay at home mom. She and her family have been members of Forum Christian Church for 15 years and she has been a volunteer in the two year old room at Forum for 14 years. This is Angela’s fifth year at Humpty Dumpty.
Board of Director/MWF Lead Teacher
Tina Drywater received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University. She then worked as an occupational therapist in California, Washington state, and Oklahoma for almost 18 years before “retiring” to be a stay at home mom to Nathan. In 2006, her family moved from Muskogee, Oklahoma to Columbia because of a new job for her husband, Richard. Their son Nathan attended Humpty Dumpty for 2 years and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is Mrs. Tina’s eleventh year at Humpty Dumpty.
Aubrey Maltsberger is a sophomore at the University of Missouri Columbia. She is majoring in Elementary Education.
Helping Your Child Explore, Grow, & Learn
Early childhood experiences can shape you child for years to come. Give them a loving, positive environment to learn and explore for their first educational experience. The high-level of parent participation in our program allows you to be active in your child’s early education and see first-hand what makes Humpty a great preschool. Want more detailed information? Download our handbook.
What Our Families are Saying
Exceptional preschool with outstanding teachers. My daughter has loved every minute of going to this fun, loving preschool!
– Betsy M.
With multiple kids, we were members at Humpty for several years. Our boys loved it, and still have friendships from this amazing program even years later. You couldn’t find a better preschool program for your little one.
– Stephani W.
Love this preschool!! They go the extra mile to make sure you and your kids have memories to last a lifetime! Highly recommend!!
– Sydnee A