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Yellow Room

Ages: 3 - 5 years old

Enrollment: 20 children

Fowler Memorial House, Room 153


Justine Egan


Justine Egan
Head Teacher
(765) 494-4526

B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education with a Kindergarten endorsement, 1997, Purdue University; Associate's Degree in Child Development and Nursing, Inchicore Vocational School, Dublin, Ireland, 1989

Since I began teaching in 1997, I have learned that it is important to have a supportive, warm, loving environment for young children. I believe Early Childhood Education is the foundation of children's love for learning, and when given the opportunity to receive a hands-on preschool experience in a conducive environment, they can reach their potential. I am a strong believer in the individual temperaments and learning styles of children. They are each born with innate qualities that determine how they will react to situations. As a teacher it is my job to be observant, creative, and able to adapt well to individual children, providing them with the resources they need. In addition, it is my responsibility to build a strong relationship with the child's parents/guardians, because a strong home/school connection has been shown to help future success in education.

I was born in Dublin, Ireland and I am the second eldest of six children. I am extremely close to my family and it is because of my four brothers and sister that I choose to work with children. Mike and I have been married for 18 years and we have a beautiful boy, Rian.

 Aekyeong Nacke (Alex)


Aekyeong Nacke (Alex)
Associate Teacher
(765) 494-0240

I graduated from Konkuk University in Seoul with a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature and earned a teacher’s license for secondary education. I also have earned a CDA to work with young children in Indiana. I have taught at middle schools and elementary schools in Korea for over 10 years and worked as an early childhood educator in Indiana since 2004. I believe a good educator means being a good example because children do what adults do, not what adults tell them to do. I reside in West Lafayette with an amazing husband and enjoy watching movies, painting in oriental style, and playing board games with my in-laws and friends.


Sherry Coffing


Sherry Coffing
Child Care Aide
(765) 494-0240

AA, Early Childhood Education

I have worked with young children many years and am excited to be on the staff at MCDLS! The best job is working with children and watching them develop while playing at the same time. I have three children and four grandchildren. My son is in the eighth grade. We enjoy spending time with our dogs, playing in the snow and going to Florida every December to visit family. I also enjoy reading, crafts, and learning new things.



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