Meet The Teachers

The Park Preschool Director - Jill Compton

My name is Jill Compton. My husband and I have been married for 10 years and have one, 7 yr old daughter. My family and I love to travel! Disney World is a favorite for us and we spend lots of time there!

I came to Clarksville for college in 2001, fell in love and never left. I am excited to be the Director here at The Park Preschool. I am a certified licensed teacher in TN, highly qualified in early education. I am also the supervisor over the nursery and preschool department here at Trenton Crossing. I have always had a love of children, began teaching at age 15! The Park Preschool has been in my prayers and dreams for many years. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to make that a reality. God is alive and this preschool is proof. The Park has the best staff and we are thrilled to have the best families! Welcome to The Park Family!

Ms. Jen - 2 Teacher

My name is Jennifer Holmgren. I am excited to be part of the team at The Park Preschool. My husband and I have been married for 16 years. We have two children, a 12 year old daughter and an 8 year old son. We are originally from Minnesota but the Army brought us to Clarksville in 2013. In the past years, as a stay at home mom, I have volunteered countless hours within the CMCSS system as well as the DODEA system. I love working with children and helping them learn. I look forward to getting to know all the kids this year.

 

Ms. Richelle- 2 Year Aide

My name is Richelle Thomas. I'm married and have a 13 year old daughter. I'm originally from Virginia but the Army brought my family and I to Clarksville in 2013. While I lived in Virginia I worked in Law Enforcement as a police officer for 8 years. I love to work with kids and help them learn so I decided for a change in my career. I'm extremely excited to be a part of The Park Preschool and look forward to working with all the kids in the 2's class this year.

Ms. Melissa - 3 Year old Teacher

Hello! My name is Melissa Mistic. I am so excited to be a part of The Park Preschool team. My husband and I have been married almost 12 years and we have 3 children. Military brought us to this area in spring of 2015. Our family enjoys being outside and caring for our little farm and animals.
I have worked in several different educational settings over the years. I love working with 3 year olds and look forward to being in the classroom with yours! Thank you for letting me be a part of their life.

Ms. Kristin- 3 year old Aide

My name is Kristin Gouthro. I am married with two kids; Carson (4) and Rylie (3). My husband is currently in the Army. We love to spend time together outside and seeing what is around the area. My family members are huge sports fans as well. I am excited to have this wonderful opportunity to be working with The Park Preschool and with the 3s’ class. I know it will be a fun year and I can’t wait to see what the year brings.

Ms. Kayla - 3 Year old Teacher

   

Ms. Beth - 3 Year old Aide

  My name is Elizabeth (Beth) Pennington.  I am originally from Florida, but moved to Tennessee back in 2007. I'm  married and have two grown step-daughters, as well as a son who is 7 years old. I attend and am a member of the Madison Street United Methodist Church.  I earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and have many years of experience as a substitute teacher . I also taught a year of  (ELL) English Language Learners in Florida. Upon my arrival to Tennessee, I taught First grade for a year in East Nashville.  I also have past experience working at the Preschool level as a teacher's aide. In my spare time I often take my son to the park, Customs House Museum, and am busy currently taking him to his baseball games. I enjoy being a mom and have always enjoyed working with children. I believe children are a blessing from God and am so grateful to have the chance to take part in your child's precious preschool years.      

Ms. Kathryn - 4 Year Old Aide

My name is Kathryn Walker. I am married to my wonderful husband and I have one nine-year-old daughter. I was born and raised in Kentucky and have lived in North Carolina, but Clarksville has been home since 2012. Previously, I worked teaching at-risk teenage girls but the preschool age group is definitely my favorite. My husband and I love to travel and we have a map in our home with push pins of where we have discovered together. I also love organizing, reading, and exploring new places, activities, and restaurants with my family. I am looking forward to getting to know and working with the children of The Park Preschool!

Ms. Meegan - 4 Year Old Teacher

My name is Meegan  Abbinanti.  I am so excited to be joining the 4 year old class. I originally taught high school history, and I'm looking forward to the change of working with a younger age group.  I grew up in New York, but my husband and I have moved 6 times in the last 11 years due to his job.  We've been blessed to live all over the country and even spent some time in Shanghai, China.  We moved to Clarksville in 2016.  I'm the mother of two sweet little girls, ages 7 and 5.  We love all things related to art, reading, and exploring science and nature.  Those are things that I also look forward to exploring with my students.  I like to be creative and I strive to make each day fun and exciting.

Ms. Kristy 4 year old Teacher

My name is Kristy Allen. I am a member at Trenton Crossing. I am originally from North Carolina but have lived in Clarksville for 12 yrs. My husband and I have been married for 8 1/2 years and hope to be blessed with a child soon. I worked with Child Youth Services for 3 1/2 yrs, taking care of children of all ages. I truly enjoy caring for children. I am thrilled to be part of The Park Preschool team!

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