Hobby Horse Preschool > Staff


We are blessed, at Hobby Horse Preschool, to have a professional staff that is dedicated to nurturing and educating the whole child.

Our Director, Mrs. Xanthe Phillips, has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education.  She has previously taught at Hobby Horse Preschool for 7 years, and the 2018-2019 school year will be her sixth year as Director.

Our Teachers and Assistant Teachers have degrees in Education, CDA’s (Child Development Associates) or are qualified by the State of Ohio to teach preschool.

All staff update, yearly, their certification in Child CPR, First-aid, Communicable Disease Training and Child Abuse Recognition.  We also take Continuing Education classes throughout the year.

We have a very low staff turnover which provides us with continuity in staffing and produces a secure environment for our children and their families.

Pictures by Ashley Pesata Photography

Mrs. Linda Ruggieri
Lead Teacher, 3’s class

Mrs. Krista Carpenter
Lead Teacher, 3’s class
Assistant, 3’s class

Mrs. Nicky Cook
Lead Teacher, 3’s class
Assistant, 3’s class & W PM add-on class

Mrs. Carrie Schirripa
Assistant, 4’s class & T PM add-on class
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Mary Gresock
Assistant, 4’s class

Mrs. Vicky Akers-Novak
Lead Teacher, 3/4’s class

Mrs. Carol Mathews
Assistant, 3/4’s class & 5’s class

Mrs. Michele Grubbs
Lead Teacher, 4’s class & W PM add-on class
Assistant, 4’s class

Mrs. Stacie Yates
Lead Teacher, 4’s class and T PM add-on class

Mrs. Emily Myers
Lead Teacher, 5’s class

Mrs. Jennifer Vilimonovic
Assistant, 3’s class & 5’s class