Peppermint Pre-school was started by Bernice Meyer and a friend in the fall of 1971. Meyer, a former public-school teacher, wanted a pre-school for her young daughter to attend. Without a pre-school in the area, she took it upon herself to start one. Mrs. Meyer was a member of EvUCC and the church agreed to allow her to use a classroom in the south wing. Peppermint has been housed only at EvUCC. In March of 2005, Meyer gifted the school to EvUCC. The school name has been since changed to EvUCC Peppermint Pre-school and classes are held in the west wing of the building. At the present time, the school has three classrooms offering classes for three-, and four- year olds. In 2021 Peppermint celebrated it’s 50th year in business!
The purpose and goal of Peppermint Pre-school is to provide a loving, learning environment for three and four year old children. We strive for success socially & intellectually for each student enrolled.
Ms. Elaine Fenton– Director
Ms. Tara Knebel – 3’s teacher
Ms. Amanda Fuller- 4’s teacher
Ms. Karen LaFrance- AK teacher
Ms. Lisa Niggli – AK helper
Ms. Jessica Foster- 4’s helper
Ms. Angie Fields – 3’s helper on MWF
Ms. Cheryl Loyet- 3’s helper on T/TH
Peppermint Pre-School is such a great school for kids. Both of my boys attended Peppermint and have had wonderful experiences. They love their teachers and the rest of the staff at Peppermint. They really make it a fun environment for learning and building social skills. As a Peppermint alumnus myself I am so thrilled to have my children go through this program and love it as much as I did. We couldn't think of a better place to send our kids for their first years of school.
Peppermint Preschool is the perfect place to begin your child’s academic career. We have had two children enrolled the last 4 years, both starting in Ms. Tara’s 3’s class and then progressing into Ms. Karen’s Almost Kindergarten (AK) program. Their first years were filled with lots of social interaction, learning how to be in structured group settings, and building a strong foundation to propel them into the world of reading and writing. They were loved, cared for, and respected each day— given encouragement and praise that built up their self-esteem. All of that continued into their AK journey as 4-year-olds, but with a deeper focus on academics. Our daughter was already beginning to read on her own by the end of that year! The preparedness for kindergarten is unmatched. Don’t hesitate to send your children here to have the best introduction to their school years!
We absolutely love Peppermint Preschool! Our daughter is in Ms Tara’s 3’s class and dose not stop talking about school. Within the first couple of weeks she had learned so much! Knowing she is reaching her academic needs puts us as ease. With the amazing staff we can not recommend Peppermint Preschool enough!
Peppermint Preschool has been the perfect place for our little ones to learn and grow. The staff and teachers are very well qualified, attentive, helpful, and always available to answer questions about the program, our child’s development and learning experience, or to address any concerns we have about our kids. They make learning and safety their top priorities and always strive to communicate events and information to parents throughout the year. The school has recent improvements to their playground and property along with safety protocols in place to ensure all kids are able to grow and learn in a safe and healthy environment. Parents can rest easy knowing their little ones will be safe and well taken care of while at school. The teachers and staff have been absolutely great with our kids! Our five year old son attended Peppermint for two years prior to Kindergarten at Highland Primary. Mrs. Elaine, Mrs. Tara, and Mrs. Karen along with their in-classroom assistants and staff really made sure our son was set up for success in Kindergarten. Our three year old daughter is currently attending Peppermint Preschool. She is doing really well, following in her brother’s footsteps, and always learning something new. The staff have been especially helpful during difficult drop-off days when saying goodbye to mommy or daddy is hard. Their efforts and styles of teaching have allowed our kids to learn, grow, and really see school as something enjoyable and fun while still challenging them in appropriate ways to prepare them for the structured (all-day) environment of “big kid” school. We absolutely will be sending our two year old daughter when she is old enough and with one more on the way it is nice to know the amazing teachers and staff at Peppermint Preschool will be there for us and our kids when it is time them to go to school as well.