3s Teacher | Anna Cornett
My name is Anna Cornett, and I am so delighted to be joining the Co-op community as the 3s teacher. My husband and I, along with our two young children, moved to Bay in 2021 to be closer to family after living in Oregon for 14 years, and we absolutely love the community here in our beautiful town!
In 2012, I earned my licensure and a Master’s in Teaching at Lewis and Clark College, and I spent the next 8 years teaching primary and elementary grades in both private and public schools as well as K-5 health. Prior to that, I was the Site Director and Lead Teacher for an after-school arts program called Art4Life and taught private piano lessons. I earned my BA in music at Skidmore College with a focus on piano, which I attribute to my own Kindergarten teacher, who played piano in the classroom to help students transition in a calm environment.
I have been fortunate to teach in schools that encourage intentional and responsive play-based methods with a focus on community, kindness, and citizenship. I love infusing music, stories, play, and art into the core curriculum as well. I am so excited to draw from my past experiences and collaborate with the incredible teachers at the Co-op to provide a warm, loving, and inspiring place for your little ones to blossom.
4s Teacher | Laura House
My name is Laura House and I am so excited to join the Co-op as a teacher in the 4s classroom! My daughter Maeve was in the 3s classroom and we loved the sense of community, focus on character development, and emphasis on learning through play. I feel very lucky to be working with Mrs. Greene and Mrs. Dipert and teaching kids before the next big step to Kindergarten!
I grew up in St. Louis, MO and obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Master’s degree in Literacy from the University of Missouri – Columbia. I taught grades 3 and 4 after graduating from Mizzou before moving to Chicago for the next 9 years, where I taught 2nd grade and Kindergarten in a nearby suburb. In 2018, I moved to Bay Village with my husband Adam, and have been staying home with my two girls, Maeve (4) and Nora (1), since then.
Though I have loved teaching every grade, I have to say that Kindergarten was where I felt the most at home – the early years in school are such a special time and I’m thrilled to be able to take my experience in Kindergarten and work in a pre-K environment! I have seen firsthand how much my daughter has learned such important early skills through the Cooperative Preschool approach and I am so happy to be a part of it as a teacher and a parent!
Administrator and Teacher Assistant | Kristen Dipert
My name is Kristen Dipert, and I am so excited to be the Administrator and teaching assistant at The Co-op! I received Bachelor’s Degrees from Miami University in both Secondary Language Arts Education and English Literature and spent ten years teaching high school English Language Arts. After my second son was born, I took some time off to be at home with my boys, and it was during that time that my oldest son was ready for preschool and we discovered The Co-op! As a parent, I loved the sense of community that comes with being a member of The Co-op. And as an educator, I loved that my child was able to have such a positive experience and develop a true love for learning and school during these formative years.
As your Administrator, I am the liaison between the school board, teachers, and the church, helping to foster communication and collaboration. I also ensure that our school is compliant with licensing rules through ODJFS and oversee registration and enrollment. As a teacher assistant, I provide instructional and classroom management support for our teachers. I am so grateful to be a part of The Co-op, and it is my goal through both of these roles to help your child develop a love for school and learning that they can carry with them throughout the rest of their life.
ASL & Physical Education Teacher | Laurel Sweet King
My name is Laurel Sweet King and this will be my second year with The Co-op. Last year I taught American Sign Language and was a Teacher’s Assistant to the Co-op kids. This year, I am pumped to continue teaching ASL and add Physical Education to the list of activities I will be implementing. We have so much fun, and I’m really looking forward to being a part of your child’s growth from head to fingers and toes!
For over fifteen years I have worked for a fantastic non-profit called YOUTH CHALLENGE. The mission of YC is to bring together young people with physical disabilities and teen volunteers who inspire each other through adapted sports, recreation and social growth activities. My interest in adapted sports started while acquiring my bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Psychology from Kent State University. I also have a concentration in Deaf Culture and American Sign Language from Columbus State.
After I graduated from college, I moved away to Yuma, Arizona where I met my husband, Bobby. Once we had our daughter, Norah, I knew I wanted to move back to Cleveland. Since my husband was from California, being close to the lake was a huge selling point to keep him here in Ohio. We have been extremely happy living here in Bay Village for the past seven years.