| Kathy Gilbert
Kathy Gilbert brings many strengths to her position as Coordinator of WMU Children's Place. She has been with the center since it opened in 1996, and her experience and educational background have helped shape the philosophy and organization of the center. Kathy graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and masters degrees in Educational Technology and Early Childhood Education from Western Michigan University. Kathy has worked in the childcare profession for over 25 years.
Kathy says this about her role at the Children's Place, “The most important skill I can impart to children is a sense of competence. By allowing children to be an active part of the curriculum, children gain a comfort with their abilities. I work hard to provide a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere where children can experiment with new ideas and skills without the fear of failure. I encourage each child to stretch him or herself and develop new ways of thinking and new skills. The competence they gain here will help them succeed in school in the years to come.”
Assistant Director and Head Preschool Teacher
Jenny Fusciardi graduated from WMU with her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood endorsement as well as minors in Math, Science and English. Prior to her current position as Assistant Director and Head Preschool teacher, Jenny was the assistant teacher in the preschool room, Head Toddler Teacher, and has taught preschool and Kindergarten for a school district in northern Michigan.
Head Toddler Teacher
Kristin Harte is a graduate of Western Michigan University and is the head Toddler Teacher at WMU Children’s Place Learning Center. Kristin graduated from WMU with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an early childhood endorsement. Kristin also completed her early childhood internship at the Children’s Place in the toddler room. It was during her internship that she realized that learning requires taking risks and it is up to the teacher to minimize that feeling of risk, making the learning culture fun, comfortable and open. Prior to joining the staff at the Children’s Place, Kristin was the Head Preschool Teacher at Child Development Center at Borgess.
| Shari Glaser
Shari Glaser is the Off-site Administrator for WMU Children's Place Learning Center, a department in the Division of Student Affairs. Shari's office is located in the Faunce Student Services Building. Shari’s responsibilities at the Center include serving as the childcare center license designee and providing administrative oversight for the center.
Shari has worked at Western Michigan University since 1994 in several different capacities. In 2006 she became the Director of Parent and Family Programs, an office that serves parents and family members of prospective, incoming, and current WMU students. Shari graduated from Kalamazoo College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Music Education. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Communication and is an active member of the WMU community. Shari is devoted to ensuring the safety, quality and stability of the center and its staff for the families served.
Shari is always available to talk or meet with parents to discuss the Center and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 387-4820.