School Director | Betty R. Wood, M.S.
Native of South Carolina, graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in psychology and began her professional career as Clinical Counselor at South Carolina State Mental Hospital working with adults and children. She earned her teacher certification in special education through graduate courses at Winthrop University and teaching elementary special education in the public schools and then moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where she worked with first-time offenders in a therapeutic community and with public school teachers providing educational services for children with specific learning differences. Betty earning a master’s degree in school and clinical psychology from Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania.
Relocating to Atlanta in 1978, Betty earned school psychometry certification at Georgia State University and completed doctoral courses at The Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She taught sixth and seventh grade children at The Schenck School for Dyslexic children and administered psychoeducational evaluations for admissions to the school.
Betty also established a private practice working with families whose children were experiencing learning difficulties in public and private schools in the Atlanta area. In 2001 she began working in cooperative preschools while maintaining a private practice in the afternoon and evenings. Over time and increased awareness of the personal needs of her clients, Betty changed the focus of her practice from clinical treatment to the prevention of pathology in children and adults through personal coaching and educational consultation.
Betty joined Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool Staff as Director in April 2008, after having worked as Director of Inman Park Cooperative Preschool for seven years. Betty has been a strong supporter of OCP since its inception in 2005 and has served on the OCP Advisory Board. Professionally committed to the philosophy that children thrive when the family and school work together in the best interest of the child, Betty finds the cooperative preschool educational model ideal in educating young children and parents. Betty is the proud parent of Elizabeth Anderson, freelance writer and Executive Director of Charis Circle in Atlanta.
2017 – 2018 Board of Directors
- President: Emily Payne
- Vice President: Amy Hoying
- Secretary: Lindsay Huttman
- Treasurer: Aichuan Kwong
- Co-op Community: Chasidy Atchison & Terri Byrne
- Communications: Lisa Cohn & Rebecca Harlan
- Curriculum: Amanda Ladner
- Facilities: Holly Cranford
- Fundraising: Anne Huff
- Green: Jessie Hadley & Rebecca Rumpf
- Membership: Jaime Filler & Heather Spiegel
- Personnel: Katie McLennan
- Technology: Himanshu & Hetal Rathod
One member of every coop family is asked to serve on one of ten committees listed below. Parents who have skills that are well suited for certain committees can offer their services to those committees. The time commitment varies between committees. Typically, each committee meets once per month and assigns tasks to each member.
The Management Committee
The Co-op Committee
The Facilities Committee
The Green Committee
The Personnel Committee
The Communications Committee
The Curriculum Committee
The Fundraising Committee
The Membership Committee
The Technology Committee
The Advisory Council is comprised of a rotating group of former OCP Board members. The role of the Advisory Council is to support the OCP board in staying true to OCP’s mission and values and to provide historical perspective when applicable.
The 2016-2017 Advisory Council members are:
- Kimberly Head Amos, Chair
- Jessica Wasserman, Vice Chair
- Amanda Hallauer, Secretary
- Joanna Duke
Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool creates a nurturing community that gives children and their families the opportunity to learn, communicate, play and grow together. In this positive, family-centered educational environment, we strive to develop each child’s curiosity, empathy, confidence, self-discipline, and enthusiasm for learning.
By encouraging children to be active and creative explorers of art, music, literature, nature, and the community, we provide a foundation for acquiring the skills children need to succeed both now and in the future. We model sustainable practices through our curriculum, daily operations, and community events.