Eileen Hoard (in the middle), our founding director in 1973.  It was her vision and expertise that formed our philosophies and love of children.   Before that she helped establish Cross Roads Preschool.  Eileen, a story teller and artist, shared her expertise and creativity with the school until her retirement.  She recently published her second book, Everyone’s a Storyteller.

Marilyn Rampley (on the left), our second director, became involved with Shadow Rock Preschool as the Vice-Chair and then Chair of the Preschool Board.  She began teaching in 1976 at Shepherd of the Valley (our first home before Shadow Rock had a building), and then moved to the new and current campus.  She began as co-director with Eileen Hoard in 1980 and retired in 2011.

Sharon Torrella (on the right), was first a Shadow Rock Preschool mom.  She joined the teaching staff in 1977.  Her educational background includes a degree in elementary education from Indiana University, graduate work in Early Childhood studies, teaching in the public schools, planning for KDO, and creating the Young Fives program at Shadow Rock.  She was co-director with Marilyn Rampley from 1995 until Marilyn’s retirement in 2011 and was our director until June, 2013 when she retired.  Sharon returned in 2016 and retired a second time July 1, 2018.

It is a great pleasure to introduce Magda Taglienti as the new director at Shadow Rock Preschool as of July 1, 2018. She has worked in the education sector for 20 years, 10 of those years have been devoted to early childhood education.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from ASU in Psychology, with an emphasis in Child Psychology.  In addition, she has master’s degree, also from ASU, in Curriculum and Assessment in Early Childhood Education. Throughout the years she has had the opportunity to teach different grades levels, such as preschool, kindergarten, third, and fourth grade. She believes early childhood has always been her calling that is why two years ago she accepted an offer to go back to preschool as the assistant preschool director/pre-k teacher.

Magda is excited to be a part of Shadow Rock Preschool and to have the opportunity to continue making it the best place for your children to play, learn, and grow together!


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