Corye E. Nelson, Director
For the past 10 years, Corye Nelson served as director of Westminster School for Young Children’s Toddlers and Two’s Program as well as director of Westminister Presbyterian Church’s nursery program.
She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in childcare administration and childhood psychology from Belmont University.
Corye is an active member within the early childhood industry, showing a passion for leadership in early childhood education. As a board member of the Nashville Area Association for the Education of Young Children, Nelson serves as chair of its Accreditation Committee. As a board member of the Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children, she serves on its Finance Committee and is chair of its 2012 Conference Committee.
She is also a member of the Southern Early Childhood Association. Nelson also serves as a continuing education speaker at early childhood conferences on topics ranging from communicating with toddlers to room arrangement. Her community involvement includes holding parenting classes at the Tennessee Prison for Women.
“As director of The Temple Preschool, it is my honor and my duty to inspire and educate teachers and parents to communicate effectively with children, and provide them with activities that they can master as well as those that can challenge them.”
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Jan Huettner, Associate Director
My degree in piano performance, Bachelor of Music, certainly has taken me down many different paths. My first job out of college was playing at a piano bar four nights a week as an arranger, and a lead sheet maker by day. After my children Jessica and Jeff were born, I played for many years as an accompanist for ballet classes, creating original scores for performances and playing for individual classes. In this capacity I worked as the principal accompanist for the Blair School of Ballet, and later played piano for Nashville Ballet and Blair School of Music.
I have worked at Temple Preschool full time since 1989, starting as a two-year-old teacher, as well as teaching music and Shabbats. I've been a religious school teacher for The Temple since '89 and the coordinator of Temple Tot Shabbats since its inception. In the summer of '99 I worked in an administrative capacity for the preschool and became assistant director in December of 1999. In the spring of 2001, I took a college-level mentoring class to continue my training. Over the years, I have presented early childhood workshops in the state for NAEYC conferences and a national workshop at the C.A.J.E. conference in Massachusetts.
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Preschool directors receive at least 30 hours of ongoing training every year. Teachers are required to receive 30 hours their first year and 18 every year following. Most of our teachers and staff exceed their training requirements. We also train our entire staff in CPR and First Aid every two years.
TECTA is a program managed through TSU and other state universities.
It stands for Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance.
NAEYC stands for National Association for the Education of Young Children. We have been earning their prestigious accreditation for over a dozen years.
DHS, Dept. of Human Services, licenses us and rates programs with zero to three stars annually.