Birdie Pruessner, Founder and Director
After serving in an administrative role as a career changer, Birdie had the opportunity to attend 3-6 AMS training through Hope Montessori Educational Institute. Her passion for Montessori education and advocacy for village-based child rearing lead her into teaching teachers and parents about the method in various venues including City Academy, Parkway School District and Missouri Botanical Gardens.
Birdie has over eight years of teaching experience and is licensed as a Highly Qualified teacher in Missouri, certified in Elementary Education: K-6, English Language Arts: 5-9, Early Childhood Education and Family and Consumer Science: B-12. She earned an MBA in 2016 and is completing her last course in an MED (early childhood) program.
Birdie is passionate about peace education, healthy living, yoga and farm life. She is most proud of her twin daughters who were raised in a Montessori home environment and she looks forward to this new adventure.
Brandy Wheeler, Lead Teacher
Brandy has a wide variety of teaching experiences that she is happy to bring to Chesterfield Community Preschool. She began her teaching career in a small community school similar to CCP in the Soulard neighborhood. She taught K-2 and did kindergarten readiness with the older preschool children. Brandy left Soulard to pursue higher education and complete her Montessori Certification. During her certification, she interned at Hope Montessori where she used to volunteer as a young teenager. After her child, Lincoln, was born, she created a Montessori infant and toddler environment in her own home to raise him and other infants in a Montessori environment. After Lincoln entered a Montessori preschool, she had more time to pursue her other love, photography. Now entering into our community, she can have the best of both worlds.
Brandy has 9 years of teaching experience in birth-2nd grade. She received her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She also has achieved her Montessori Certification through Hope Montessori Educational Institute.
Brandy is passionate about capturing the wonderful moments in life. Whether it be through our own eyes or a camera, she is excited to see children experience the wonders of learning.