Woodlawn Preschool 1

Corinne Hastings

Executive Director

I have been working with Woodlawn Preschool for the last 5 years. I started off as a teacher and then moved up to the GSRP classroom for the past 4 years. This year I am the new Executive Director and I am a certified CPR and First Aid Instructor. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education as well as Early Childhood Education. I have been married for three years going on four, two step children and one son of my own. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, or going back to Chicago to see the rest of my family. I also enjoy going to places that are warm, and I can swim.

Jeanette Davis

Lead gsrp teacher

Jeanette is our GSRP teacher at WLP 1. She has been teaching preschool for 7 years in the greater Battle Creek area. In May 2012, she earned her Associates in Early Childhood Education from Kellogg Community College. She is currently attending Baker College to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a son who is 9 years old and when she is not at work, she loves to visit her family in Chicago. She also loves her students. Jeanette also loves reading.

Kristin Mankowski

Assistant gsrp teacher

GSRP assistant teacher at WLP 1. She has been working with Ms. Jeanette’s classroom since November 2016. She is 25 years old and enjoys working with children. Currently, Kristin is working towards her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Kellogg Community College. When Kristin isn’t working or at school, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Walt Whitfield


I am the Accountant at Woodlawn Preschool and have been working here for 6 years. I have a beautiful wife and 4 children. When I am not working, I am spending time with my family and attending sporting events. Go Blue!

Starr Older

4 year old lead teacher

She has been teaching preschool for 12 years in the greater Battle Creek Area. This is her third year here at Woodlawn Preschool. In July of 2013, she earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) in the preschool level and renewed it July 2016. She graduated from Kellogg Community College in May 2015 with Associates in Early Childhood Education and is currently attending Kaplan University to receive a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Administration. She is married to her wonderful husband, Danny and has a cat named Snowball. She is a board member for the Battle Creek Post Balloon Club and when she is not in the classroom, you can usually find her out on a field chasing hot air balloons, cross-stitching, crafting, or scrapbooking.

Sonia Thiri

3 year old lead teacher

I have been working at Woodlawn Preschool for six years, and teach the three and four year olds. I am currently attending Kellogg Community College to get my associates in Early Childhood Education. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy hiking, spending time with my youth group and playing the guitar.

Susan Taylor

Office Assistant

Graduate of Lakeview High School and Kellogg Community College, two Associate Degrees. Currently working toward her Bachelor’s in Business Management through BYU-Idaho. Previous work history includes working for non-profit agencies and public school districts. She is a mother of three and a grandmother of two. Interests include music, family history and involvement in her church.

Eunice Shive

After school care program

I currently am attending Kellogg Community College for my teaching degree. I have 3 children and am a recent Grandma to two babies a boy and a girl. This is my first year teaching at Woodlawn Preschool and does after school care. My goal is to become a teacher at the facility. When I am not working or attending school, I am at home relaxing with my children and grandchildren.

Woodlawn Preschool 2

Nicole Sparks

Lead gsrp teacher

I am an assistant teacher at Woodlawn Preschool for four years. Before Woodlawn I worked as a Foster Care worker for the State. I graduated from Spring Arbor University in 2009 with my Bachelor’s in Family Life Education. My undergraduate degree is in criminal justice from Ferris State University. In my spare time I enjoy working in my garden and spending time with my husband and special needs daughter.

Tami Eraca

Lead gsrp teacher

I am a GSRP teacher at WLP2, I have been working with children for 17years. I received my associates’ degree in Early Child Education in August 2015 from KCC, I am now completing my bachelor’s degree at Baker College and will be graduation in June 2018. I live in Union City with my family, my husband and I have been married for18 years, we have 3 children, they are 17, 14, and 9 years old. On my free time I spend with my family and doing homework to better my teaching. Being a preschool teacher is the best experience, and I have love for all children.

Sarah Blunk

Assistant gsrp teacher

I am currently going to school to get my CDA – Child Development Associate. I have been working at Woodlawn for a year. This will be my first year as an assistant teacher. I moved from Kentucky to Battle Creek. I enjoy playing with my dog, Chica during my time off. In the near future I hope to be a foster parent.

Sean Kennedy

Family support worker

I am currently going to school at Kellogg Community College to earn my degree in Human Services. I am the Family Service Worker for both Woodlawn 1 and Woodlawn 2. I am married and have four children and when I am not spending time with my family I attend sporting events. I am a huge Michigan fan! Go BLUE!