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, 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 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.
Certified Teachers/ ECE Specialists
Combined Experience of over 45 years! - including preschool, pre-k, and 1st grade
Mothers of District 7 students
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.
Jordyn Bender, Lead Assistant Teacher - Ms. Jordyn has been an asset to our school and thoroughly enjoys working and interacting with our students! She does it all! She is excited to be the assistant in our classrooms and brings 8 years experience to share with us. Ms. Jordyn says, "I love to see how much children absorb; it is just amazing!" Ms. Jordyn resides in Bethalto with her daughters Braelynne and Emersyn. Braelynne has gone through our preschool and Emersyn is in our preschool classroom.
Sitsofe Luh Nutsukpui, Assistant Teacher - Ms. Sitsofe was born and bred in Ghana, Africa! She has lived in the Glen/Ed area since 2005 when she went to SIUE for her Master's Degree in Mass Communications. Sitsofe also has a Bachelor's degree in Education. She has worked in Special Education and served as a substitute teacher in grades K through 2. She also spent almost a decade presenting and producing shows and news on the radio. During part of those years, she mentored city youth who dropped out of high school and provided them with basic communication skils. Sitso (See-cho), as she is fondly called, and her husband Bernard have two children, Yorm and Sedi. Sitso speaks 4 languages and loves cooking, watching TV, and hanging out with friends.
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!
Megan Redman, Substitute Teacher - Megan is a certified teacher with a bachelors in Early Childhood Education and a masters in Leadership and Curriculum. She has over six years of teaching experience including Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade. She says, "I enjoy teaching young children and helping them make discoveries and learn more about the world around them." Megan resides in Edwardsville and has three daughters.