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It all starts with a teacher. Meet ours. 

A preschool is improved primarily through its teachers. Together We Learn was co-founded and is jointly operated by Carrie Mosella and Cassandra Bender, two teachers with a wealth of knowledge, experience, and caring. You can read more about their experience, goals, and ideas below. For more information on Together we Learn's teachers, don't hesitate to Contact Them

Cassandra Bender

Cassandra Bender, co-owner, is a certified teacher with more than 15 years of experience in the education field. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.

Cassandra has taught Preschool, Pre-K and student taught in First Grade and Second Grade. She is also the school's preschool teacher.

Our families are such an important part of our preschool, open communication is key to a child's success! When Carrie and I decided to start Together We Learn we knew that we wanted parent involvement!  It is important for parents to take an active role in their child’s education and it is never too early to start! I am so pleased that our idea of a new kind of preschool has done so well in our area! Together we play, together we grow, together we learn!

Cassandra lives in Edwardsville with her children, Lilly and Jack.

Carrie Mosella

Carrie G. Mosella, co-owner, is certified teacher with over 20 years experience in the education field.  She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and has completed coursework and training in the field of Special Education.

Carrie has taught Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade, as well as parent/child classes.  She has also worked as a substitute teacher getting the opportunity to work with many grade levels, including Special Education. She is also the school's Pre-K teacher!

Teaching Parent/Child classes has always been her passion, which is how Together We Learn, Inc. was originally created. "Giving parents the tools, resources, and knowledge to help teach their children at home is key.  Encouraging parents to stay involved with their child's education  is a lifelong goal, after all a parent is a child's first teacher!"

Carrie lives in Edwardsville with her daughter Andrea. She also has two grown sons, Alexander and Edward.

Our Backgrounds: 

Certified Teachers/ ECE Specialists

Combined Experience of over 45 years! - including preschool, pre-k, and 1st grade

Mothers of  District 7 students

Director experience

Food Handlers and Management certificate

CPR/First Aid Certified


Terra Maguire, lead teacher, is a certified teacher who has taught special education for five years prior to being a stay-at-home mom for nine years with her two daughters. She has a Bachelors in Elementary Education and has completed coursework to become certified in Special Education. Ms. Terra taught at a school for children with autism in San Diego, CA as well as teaching in the O'Fallon, MO school district as a resource room teacher.

More recently, Ms. Terra worked as a Teacher's Assistant in the Edwardsville school district in a third grade classroom and as a Gymnastics Preschool Coach with the Balance Beans program. Being a Balance Beans coach at Together We Learn has given Ms. Terra the opportunity to have a relationship with the children prior to becoming a teacher at the school.

Ms. Terra has always had a passion for working with children and loves to see them learn! Terra enjoys watching children learn new things and discover their own interests along the way.

Terra lives in Glen Carbon with her husband and two daughters, Ashlinn and Addison.




Susan Rich, Assistant Teacher - Ms. Susan has 20 years experience working with children as a dance instructor and as an assistant teacher at our school. She received her Bachelor of Science in Theater and Dance from SIUE in 2003. While working as an assistant dance teacher in high school she realized teaching children is what she wanted to do. Ms. Susan lives in Glen Carbon with her husband Craig and 2 children, Calvin and Amelia. Both Calvin and Amelia attended Together We Learn and Ms. Susan is so excited to be a part of this school!


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