Oct. 16, 2014, Albany, Calif. – Albany Preschool (APS), a play-based parent cooperative preschool designed to serve as a place where kids play, learn and love school in a nurturing environment, today announced the addition of an executive director, Nancy Martling.
Martling brings 24 years of experience in creating curriculum, teaching, and directing education programs to her new role. She worked at Bright Horizons in Mill Valley leading day-to-day classroom activities and designing and implementing curriculum. Previously, Martling was the Director of Kids Place in Corte Madera, where she worked for 11 years. In this role she was responsible for adapting the school to a Reggio Emilia inspired program, developing summer camp programs, increasing enrichment program offerings, supervising teachers and children, working with families to understand and manage disruptive behaviors, and acting as a liaison between the school and the Unified School District.
She began her career in education with the National Maritime Museum Association in San Francisco, where she worked to enhance and facilitate the education programs to increase the understanding of our nation’s maritime heritage. She then worked with the the Bay Area Discovery Museum where she managed the school and group programs for the hands on educational museum. Martling has a Masters degree in Museum Studies with a focus in elementary outreach and project based education from San Francisco State University.
“I am excited and honored to be joining the community of Albany Preschool,” said Martling. “I love the continuity and longevity of the school, as well as the fact that previous students are now parents and teachers. It is a true testament to the commitment to the families. I am excited to return to a play-based environment. The play-based concept is the ideal way for children to learn and I think the way Albany Preschool is structured is perfect in allowing children to make the choices that are right for them.”
“This decision is a very important one for our school and we are excited to welcome Nancy to our community,” said Carleigh Rochon, vice president of the Board at Albany Preschool. “Her warm and caring demeanor and her extensive experience and knowledge of play-based programs will be a wonderful addition to our school.”
Martling will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Albany Preschool. She will be hands-on with the students, work to enhance the school’s curriculum and general direction of the program while also working closely with parents and prospective families.
About Albany Preschool
Albany Preschool (APS) is a parent run cooperative in the heart of Albany celebrating it’s 77th year “Powered by Play.” While years have passed since the school’s inception in 1937, the cooperative spirit, strong sense of community, and commitment to play remain the same. At APS, children are treated with respect and direct their own play activities in a rich, varied environment. Professional staff and parents work together to create a child-centered program addressing the varied physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of the children. As they explore and manipulate their world in a non-judgmental environment, children gain confidence in their growing abilities. Working together, parents and teachers create a nurturing community of life-long learners and friends. APS offers morning and afternoon programs for children 3 years to Kindergarten age. For more information, visit the school’s web site at www.albanypreschool.org.