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. Jennifer R. Vilimonovic, has a Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  She has previously taught at Hobby Horse Preschool for 5 years, and the 2020-2021 school year will be her first 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 classes

Mrs. Krista Carpenter
Lead Teacher, 3’s classes
Assistant, 4’s class

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

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

Mrs. Karen Brucken
Lead Teacher, 4’s classes

Mrs. Stacie Yates
Lead Teacher, 5’s classes & T PM add-on class

Mrs. Elise Shenefield
Assistant, 3’s class, 4’s class, T PM add-on class & W PM add-on class

Mrs. Laura Garcia
Assistant, 3’s class, 3/4’s class & 5’s class
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Vanessa Butsko
Assistant, 4’s class & 5’s class

Mrs. Janell Harvey
Assistant, 5’s class