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“Some people dream of meeting their heroes. I teach mine!” -Mary

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Mary Hanselman
Mary HanselmanDirector
The only thing I love more than teaching is learning!! I have spent the past two decades engaged in the classroom and am astonished at the difference a focused teacher can make in the life of a child. Even so, I truly believe the most awe-inspiring lessons I learn are taught to me by my students every day!

My background is in Deaf Education. In the profound words of Anne Sullivan, the teacher of Hellen Keller, “Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction”. It is my goal to understand and reach each individual student based on their unique needs.

My first students were my own three children who are now approaching adulthood. My husband, Jason, and I boast of nearly a quarter century of marital bliss and love working together to provide a successful, fun learning environment for your preschool child. We love parenting together as a team and hope to inspire you to become confident parents as well!

Michele Hatke
Michele HatkeTeacher
When I was studying for my degree in Education, I knew I would enjoy teaching. Then that moment happened… the special moment every teacher hopes for. There is a delightful time when a student’s eyes widen as they suddenly realize “I get it!” “I can read!” “I can do it!”. I love being present at that light bulb moment!

Miss Mary and I met several years ago when we were teaching colleagues in the Boise school district and have been friends in education ever since. There is something special when coworkers become friends. When teachers work well together, the whole school succeeds. Art is my forte and my goal is to bring creativity to the classroom for your young artist to explore.

Recently I have been raising my three boys with my high school sweetheart and husband of nine years. Every day in our house in an adventure and life learning experience. Your child will experience many happy milestones at My Friend Mary’s Preschool, and I can’t wait to share in learning adventures with your kiddos.

Marilyn Vice
Marilyn ViceTeacher
There is an amazing level of joy a teacher experiences when a student is learning. The joy grows exponentially as the child grows. This joy is the confidence a teacher draws from and gives me the satisfaction of knowing I’ve done my job well.

My teaching career dates back decades to age seventeen. I love being around children, and always have. I love helping little ones learn, and there’s nothing like the joy we both experience when they “get it”!

My 6th grade teacher always made learning interesting and fun and inspired me to become a teacher. Our class looked forward to the time she took to read to us every day. She loved teaching and we all knew it!

My Friend Mary’s Preschool is a school that values joy, love and laughter. I honestly can’t imagine a better place for me or you to be.

Lindsay Septer

Good coaches build meaningful relationships. I bring my years as a college athlete, youth sports coach, elementary yoga instructor and artist to round out the teaching team at My Friend Mary’s Preschool.

Each student has individual needs and abilities. I approach your child’s unique personality in the same way I approach coaching: tailored to your child’s strengths and committed to your child’s success.

As the mother of two boys, one of my most significant roles involves volunteering in their school community. I care deeply about people and love being in my sons’ elementary school classrooms as a parent volunteer. When other teachers and colleagues saw my potential and natural inclination toward teaching, I realized this is where I want to be!

Welcome to My Friend Mary’s Preschool! I am grateful and honored to be your child’s teacher, and look forward to creating a safe and fun learning environment where they will thrive!

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