Marie Kelmis Preschool Director

Marie Kelmis

Hi I am Marie. I grew up the oldest in a large farm family here in Paso Robles. As kids we lived the best life. Lots of free time, lots of space and lots of raw materials. The farm was our playground! We worked together and played together. We had responsibility and fun! We climbed trees and made forts. We built stuff out of other stuff. As I grew up, I earned an A. A. degree in Early Childhood Education from Cuesta and taught for a short time. My husband and I then began a family.

The real Early childhood education began! Raising kids is amazing! You learn so much from them! We homeschooled our kids and loved every moment of it. I learned so much! I began Little Preschool on Prairie about 17 years ago as my oldest was going away to college and my middle child just beginning college and my youngest, halfway through high school. My philosophy of early education has grown and evolved to what it is today. I am not done learning! I doubt I ever will be. I have had the opportunity to learn from some great mentors and teachers. Bev Bos, Michael Leeman, Dan Hodges and many other play-based people. I have attended the Outdoor Classroom workshops, Children’s art classes and Social/Emotional workshops. I yearly, continue to attend workshops and classes to enhance our preschool.

Over the past several years, I have been blessed with 7 grandkids. I have learned so much from them! During the past 15 years of leading and learning from the amazing kids that have been a part of the Little Preschool on Prairie community I think the most profound thing I have come away with is to wait. To wait and give a child time to work out their thought process, conflict, wonder, joy or whatever it is. Give them supported time to work out their emotions and then their actions. By waiting for the child to work it out on their own and being totally available, only as needed, the child gains power and confidence that they can gain no other way!

wendy ouellette preschool teacher

Wendy Ouellette

Hello, I am Wendy. I came to Little Preschool on Prairie in 2013 as I began my educational journey after taking an extended break to raise and homeschool my two children who are now young adults. I am so blessed to work side by side with Marie. Through her extensive knowledge, mentoring, and friendship, she helped solidify my choice to pursue Early Childhood Education as my major. I have since completed two programs through Cuesta College, receiving an A.A. in Early Childhood Education and an A.S. in Liberal Arts-Social and Behavioral Sciences.

I am pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at CSU East Bay in Human Development with an Early Childhood concentration. I firmly believe children learn best when they have a safe, nurturing outdoor environment with ample time to explore, play with friends, and create. Alas, I am but a guide, collaborator, and active learner right alongside the children. While pursuing my education, my role at Little Preschool on Prairie has shifted over the years from full-time co-teacher to substitute and special assistant.

Adriana Bright Preschool Teacher

Adriana Bright

HI, I am Adriana! I grew up in Templeton and my husband and I recently built a home in San Miguel. I have two children, Skylar and Scarlett, that both attend Little Preschool on Prairie. I enjoy watching them problem solve, make life-long friends, and explore the world around them through play. Currently I hold degrees in Psychology and Liberal Arts.

In 2008 I started with Little Preschool on Prairie as a substitute teacher. I have been teaching as a regular teacher for the past 4 years. Currently, I teach four days a week.

I have a background working with children with special needs and different abilities. Little Preschool on Prairie is committed to meeting children where they are developmentally and helping them grow and flourish. I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to connect with such amazing families.