Jill W. Englebretson:  Preschool Director & Lead Teacher

Hello.  I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the KMCP family.  My name is Jill Welker Englebretson and I am a native of the Kernersville and Oak Ridge communities, but I went away for college and met my husband at the United States Air Force Academy.   He graduated and subsequently was commissioned in the Air Force and our family served some 22 ½ years as a military family around the world. We have four grown children and five grandchildren.  We came back  to NC in 2001.  I have a degree in Elementary Education (k – 6)  from Greensboro College and I have two Montessori Certifications.  I earned my Early Childhood (age 3 – 6) credential from the Florida Institute for Montessori Studies in 1997 and my Infant/Toddler Credential from the NC Center for Montessori Teacher Education in 2003.  I have been in and out of the Montessori classroom over the last twenty years.  I believe it is my God given gift and calling to teach young children.  I have been the Director of KMCP for 8 years.  I  am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the Montessori method of Early Childhood Education to the Kernersville community.




Jessi Mock:  Lead Teacher – Toddler Classroom

Jessi joined KMCP in 2018 and is the assistant in the Toddler Classroom and in the “Afternoon Pre-K Program.”  Her daughter attended KMCP for two years and graduated in 2019.  Jessi holds a Fine Arts Degree from East Carolina University and taught youth arts courses as an Internship when in school and also worked with the after school youth program at the Raleigh Arts Organization.  She has a love for art activities that are both fun and educational. She especially enjoys working with our young toddlers and watching them grow and become more independent and works diligently and in tandem with families  to help their youngster master “toileting.” In the afternoons, she brings a wealth of creativity to our arts and crafts activities as well as our sewing and cooking lessons.




Esther Mueller:
My name is Esther Mueller, and I have worked for one year at KMCP as an assistant teacher in the Pre-K class. My background is in Christian education through a Christian mission organization called Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Part of my work in ministry involved volunteering in churches to care for toddlers, and teach elementary age children in Sunday school and kid’s church in Canada, the U.S.A. and Ukraine. I am learning about Montessori philosophy through further reading and application in the classroom as I work at KMCP. I love watching the children grow in confidence, independence, courtesy, life skills and problem solving as they also develop academically in math, language and the sciences. It is a pleasure and privilege to participate in the growth and development of the children in our community.



Laurie Valentine:

Laurie Valentine has been the Toddler Classroom Assistant since January 2021. She grew up in Daytona Beach, FL and has a B.A. from Stetson University. She also has an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary. She was a Presbyterian minister for 16 years. During that time, she gained experience working with children through teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School classes. She was the Director of Children’s Ministry at a church in suburban Atlanta. Laurie has also been a Girl Scout leader. When she left the ministry in 2017, Laurie became interested in preschool work while her twin daughters attended a charter school in Winston-Salem. While working at a preschool in Winston, she had the opportunity to observe in the toddler classroom at Salem Montessori School where a dear friend is the lead toddler teacher. Laurie was very impressed with the Montessori method and wanted to learn more! Subbing opportunities at KMCP in 2019 and 2020 led to a job in the toddler classroom. Laurie hopes to earn Montessori certification. She and her husband live in Kernersville and their twins are in high school.