Our Teachers

Karen Stysley

Leighann Ruark
Karen Stysley is the Director as well as the teacher for the preschool and prekindergarten programs at the Catonsville Cooperative Preschool. She is a huge fan of the co-op method and can personally attest to how enriching it can be for kids and for their parents too. All three of Karen's daughters graduated from the co-op and loved their time there! She believes that the co-op harnesses the power of community, bringing together the skills and passions of a diverse group of families. Co-op kids benefit from the collective enthusiasm and expertise of all the moms, dads, and caregivers involved - and at the same time, they get so many rich opportunities to engage in the most important work of childhood, play! We believe our kids can spark inspiration in each other with their incredible imaginations - cultivating the hearts and minds they will need to tackle the world today.
Karen has worked with community kids for over a decade in Girl Scouts and loves to apply the latest in Child Development theories in the classroom. She also worked as a reporter and freelance writer for many years and brings her love of stories and language to the kids every day. Through play, story, and collaboration, she believes our children can build a world full of empathy and innovation.

Doreen Morsberger

Doreen Morsberger

Doreen Morsberger is the teacher for the 2-year-old program at the Catonsville Cooperative Preschool. She has lived in Catonsville most of her life and has been teaching at the Co-op since 2003. Doreen attended CCBC and previously worked with the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Tiny Tots Program.

Doreen is the mother of five children and her two youngest attended Catonsville Cooperative Preschool. As a former Co-op parent, Doreen realized the school is a wonderful place for parents and families to participate and enjoy their child's first school experience. She is excited to be able to create an environment for your child to learn through play to use their creativity and imagination to strengthen their physical, cognitive and emotional development.

Although the Co-op may be more responsibility for each family than other preschools, along with your help we are dedicated to making this experience for you and your family something you will remember and treasure for a long time.

Upcoming Events

  • Jul 26, 2019

    Come play with us at the Arbour Manor playground.  Look out for Co-op shirts of kids wearing red. 

    Arbour Manor Park
    1211 Elm Road
    Halethorpe, Maryland 21227

  • Aug 24, 2019
    Prekindergarten parents help set up the classroom for the upcoming school year.
  • Aug 25, 2019

    Meet up with other Co-op families and enjoy some Opie's ice cream or snowballs!

    Opie's Soft Serve and Snowballs
    1603 Edmondson Ave #100
    Catonsville, MD 21228

     

  • Sep 19, 2019
    This is a meeting for the members of the Co-op Board, but anyone is welcome to attend.  Please contact someone from the board to find out the location if you wish to attend.
  • Nov 12, 2019
    This is a meeting for the members of the Co-op Board, but anyone is welcome to attend.  Please contact someone from the board to find out the location if you wish to attend.