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Meet Our Teachers & Staff

Our faculty at Northaven Co-operative Preschool has broad experience in early childhood education. We are dedicated to learning experiences and the enthusiastic sharing and enjoyment of knowledge.

Lee Lawrence Director and 4’s & 5’s Teacher
Vicki Morgan

Director and
4's & 5's Teacher

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Suzanne Hoffman

3's & 4's Teacher

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Julie Serreyn

Young 2's and
2's & 3's Teacher

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Lee Lawrence

Young 4's Teacher

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Melinda Lively

Young 3's Teacher

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Lesley Mears

Office Coordinator

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What Our Students Say

I think the Co-op is a really great school. The teachers are all very nice and they work really hard to make things fun. They make sure everyone has what they need and feels good about themselves.

Amalia

6-Year-Old Former Co-Op Student

DIRECTOR • 4’S & 5’S TEACHER
Lee Lawrence Director and 4’s & 5’s Teacher

Vicki Morgan

The directorship of our play-based school is a joint endeavor involving our teachers and parents working cooperatively together to provide a rich environment for each child. It is this relationship, between teachers and parents, which is unique and magical. Our school is a place where we all learn from each other and every person is valued. We take care of each other and become a school family.

 

I hold a B.A. in Anthropology with departmental distinction and did graduate work in Education at SMU as a Mustang Scholar and a Member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. I have taught early childhood for eighteen years and have been the Director of Northaven Co-operative Preschool for five years. I am fortunate to have enjoyed multiple facets of the Co-op experience: as a parent with my youngest children, as a grandparent with my oldest grandsons, as a Co-Chair of “Grand Day” and of the 2002-2003 Capital Campaign, and as a teacher of the 2’s & 3’s and now the 4’s & 5’s. 

I am grateful that I spend my days with children. I am dedicated to surrounding my students with the best literature available for young children. I include stories from around the world. I am guaranteed a laugh, a hug, a thoughtful question, a child’s creativity as they explore artistic mediums, and a moment of magic when a child discovers something new. I live in a child’s world of wonder. It is the best place to be. When I am not at school, I spend time with my large family. I enjoy early morning runs, reading, cooking and needlepointing.

3’s & 4’s teacher

suzanne hoffman

I grew up in Ohio and Illinois, where I attended the College of DuPage and Elmhurst College. I joined the Co-op as the parent of two daughters. Developing a deep appreciation for the play-based education my daughters experienced, I pursued Early Childhood Education credits at Dallas College Brookhaven and joined the teaching staff of Northaven Co-op in 1994.

 

My goals are to nurture positive self-esteem, a sense of wonder, and a love of learning in my classroom. Setting up dramatic play, reading books with children and encouraging their creative and learning experiences are some of my favorite moments in the classroom. As parents are children’s first teachers, I support them as they all grow and learn together in these magical early childhood years. I am an avid reader, enjoy baking and spending time with my family, grandchildren and dog Hero.

Young 2’s • 2’S & 3’S TEACHER

Julie serreyn

I am originally from Belgium, where I earned my teaching degree. In 2006, I moved to Ithaca, New York, which was my home for 11 years. It was there that I discovered my passion for teaching preschoolers. A new job opportunity for my husband brought me to Dallas in 2017. I have been teaching for 15 years, of which nine are in early childhood. I love being a Northaven Co-op teacher as every day is an adventure with the candid, loving and curious Young 2’s and 2’s & 3’s. When not teaching, I enjoy spending time outdoors and staying active with my two children and husband.

young 4’s TEACHER

Lee Lawrence

I have been teaching Pre-K 4’s in the Dallas area for over 18 years and joined Northaven Co-operative Preschool in 2020. I am originally from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and I graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1990 with a B.S. in Home Economics and a Minor in Child Care Development. My favorite thing about teaching Young 4’s is watching each child learn and grow and gain confidence while playing with their peers. My favorite children’s books are “Curious George”. When I am not teaching, I enjoy cooking, reading, traveling, walking our dog Abby, and Pure Barre.

Young 3’s Teacher

Melinda lively

 

I am originally from Dallas, but lived in Los Angeles for several years after graduating from USC. I hold a Master of Education from SMU, and I am a certified EC-12 teacher. I have been teaching in Dallas for ten years and joined Northaven Co-operative Preschool in 2021. My favorite thing about teaching the Young 3’s class is when I see a child’s eyes light up with happiness and wonder. When I am not teaching, I love to read, garden, bicycle, hike, and spend time with my family.

office coordinator

lesley mears

I have been a part of the Co-op for the past 9 years. I began as a parent and was chairperson of the Great Pumpkin Carnival and a member of the Northaven Co-op Board during that time. I joined the staff in 2018, and I enjoy getting to know all the Co-op families and being a part of all classrooms. I am from Ohio, where I attended the University of Cincinnati. I moved to Texas in 2010. In my free time, I watch my kids at their sporting events, do almost anything outdoors, or enjoy dinners out with family and friends.