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Meet our Teachers


Because we are a preschool managed by parents, our school board reserves the right to select the very best preschool teachers. Our teachers have studied early childhood education and have college degrees in a variety of subjects. They offer our children a positive, nurturing environment from which to grow and provide direct guidelines, expectations and support for parents in classroom participation.


Kristie Hale

Owls and Eagles 

Ms. Kristie joined Benson Hill Co-op with more than 20 years of experience as a teacher to toddlers and pre-K kids.  She has a broad knowledge of different teaching philosophies and strong experience in leading the development and implementation of curriculum. She has taught in several schools and child care centers, emphasizing learning through creative play, and holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bellevue Community College. Ms. Kristie is the mother of kids. She is an active volunteer with Emerald Park PTSA and a Girl Scout Leader. She enjoys spending time with her daughters and husband, Norm, as well as reading and loom knitting.  She enjoys spending time with her kids and husband, Norm, as well as reading and loom knitting.


Lisa Meier

Bates Child Studies Instructor

Lisa has worked for Bates Technical College for 7 years. She is a tenured professor with her MS in Early Childhood Education. She has been a preschool teacher, curriculum developer, program supervisor as well as Director of various child care settings. Lisa is also a mother of two. She is passionate about play based learning and spent time in New Zealand and Canada studying their early childhood practices. She is excited to work with you to support your children’s development.

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