Welcome to Pleasant Hill Preschool

Mary Bynes (click name for email)
15000 York Road
Charlotte, NC 28278

Ages Served:
16 months through Pre-K 4s

School Hours:
9:00 am to 12:30 pm - Jungle Buddies Class
9:00 am to 1:00 pm - All Other Classes

Office Hours during the school year:

Monday - Thursday 8:30 - 1:30



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2019-2020 Parent Handbook

Safe Snacks Information - Pleasant Hill Preschool is a NUT FREE environment. No products containing nuts will be consumed during school hours.

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Mary Bynes
I began my journey with Pleasant Hill Preschool as a parent taking a tour to find a preschool for my son. As a former parent at PHP and as the Director, I still find new reasons to love this school. The staff truly cares for all the children here, and the parent volunteers go above and beyond to make school events fun and successful.

Originally, I am from Ohio. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University and was a member of the marching band. After college, my experience in childcare, as a teacher and in management, began my passion for children’s education and care.  It is a joy to now be the Director here at PHP. It has become an extension of our family, and we welcome you to come join us!


Shayla Rice
Hi! I am excited to be a part of Pleasant Hill Preschool!  I have two wonderful children, a girl and a boy.  I attended Winthrop University and earned my Bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Science with a focus in Children and Family Development.  Several years later, I returned to Winthrop University and earned a Master's of Social Work degree with a focus on Families and Children. I have worked in some aspect of childcare or social work for 20 years now. My passion is working with young children and their families.  I am so excited to be the Assistant Director here and look forward to a great year!


Jamie Salsbury
My name is Jamie Salsbury and I started in the Jungle Buddies room in November of 2012.  I enjoy this age group because I love to teach through play.  We have fun, learn, and grow in and out of the classroom.  I have a daughter who takes dance classes.  We have a dog and really love all animals.  We love to spend time with family and friends and go to the beach whenever we get a chance.

Angie White
I have been involved with this preschool for the past 13 years!  The last 7 years have been as the Jungle Buddies teacher.  I started as a parent, joined the Preschool Council, and became staff.  Both my boys are graduates of the preschool.  Along with my children and husband of 18 years, we are involved with the Boy Scouts here at the church and fostering dogs.


Caitlyn Osipower
My name is Caitlyn Osipower and I started in the Kangaroos class in 2015! My husband and I live in Clover, SC with our three children, Alex, Rachel, Isla, and our Saint Bernard, Sully. I have a passion for learning and working with children and feel very blessed to be working with the twos again this year. I am looking forward to a wonderful year!  

Rachel Smith
Hi!  My name is Rachel Smith.  I have been with Pleasant Hill Preschool since 2015.  I am so excited to work with your precious children in the Kangaroos room! 


Timea Ferencak

My name is Mrs. Timea and I am very excited to be part of Pleasant Hill Preschool, first as a parent and now as a teacher.  I have taught in the Bumblebee class since 2016.  Looking forward to getting to know and teach your precious children this year. We are going to have lots of fun and learn new things.

Adriana Cespedes

Hi my name is Adriana.  I grew up in Miami, Florida.  My family and I moved to the Charlotte area in 2016, when my husband Felipe got a job offer as a First Officer with American Airlines.  I have been teaching at Pleasant Hill Preschool since 2017, and I have 10 years of experience in the teaching field. I have a BA in Business, but have always been very passionate about teaching.  In my opinion, there is no greater reward than when a child’s face lights up because they have learned something new.  I look forward to meeting all of you, and being part of the PHP family!  I know this is going to be a great year for all of us!  If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Joan Emery
My name is Joan Emery and I will be starting my fifteenth year at Pleasant Hill Preschool.  I am starting my fourteenth year as a Lead Teacher working with 3 Year Olds.  I have worked a total of 37 years in the Field of Early Childhood Education, in the states of North Carolina and Michigan combined.   Working with children has been my lifelong passion and a true blessing. 

Tammi Troia 

Hi! I'm Ms. Tammi!  I'm excited for my first year in the Rainbows class!  This is my third year at the preschool as my daughter is a student here.  I have been very involved in the preschool the last two years as a substitute teacher, room parents, and preschool council member.  I look forward to working with the wonderful children in the Rainbows class!


Stephanie Zollinger
Hello there!  My name is Stephanie Zollinger.  I have an Associate’s degree in Education, and am blessed with two beautiful daughters of my own.   Pleasant Hill Preschool has meant the world to our family, and I am proud to be part of the staff at such a fabulous preschool.  Both of our daughters, Cassidy and Addison are PHP graduates!  Since I have started teaching at PHP in 2009, my days have been filled with love, learning and fun.  It has been such a tremendous blessing in my life to have the privilege and honor to watch tiny humans grow and learn!  I have worked with a wonderful team of women, all of whom I am lucky to know!  While I previously worked with the Twos, I adore my current position with the Teddy Bear Threes!   We have so much fun and learning in store for our class, and I can’t wait to get started.  Each year, I have learned as much as I have taught, and I am a better person thanks to all my tiny friends.    

Bernadette VanderVeer
My name is Bernadette VanderVeer, or Ms. B for short.  I have three children, Billy, KalinTraci and Liam.   I am honored to be working with Miss Stephanie in the Teddy Bear’s classroom!  Preschool is an amazing adventure!


Kristi Jaques
Hi!  I’m Kristi Jaques, and I’m overjoyed to be continuing at PHP this year teaching in the 4 year old Frogs Class. I have a B.A. in History and a Masters of Teaching from the University of South Carolina.  My husband Justin and I have two extremely sweet little girls named Mallory and Abby.  I love how teaching keeps me young at heart and brings me an abundance of love and laughter.

Jessica Williams
My name is Jessica Williams and I am delighted to be returning to the PHP staf.  I am excited as ever to be  teaching in the 4 year old Frog class.  It has been a passion of mine to help prepare children for kindergarten. I am currently taking classes in Early Childhood Education to complete my degree. My husband, Chris and I have two children, Kaitlyn and Colesen.  In my free time I love to scrapbook and make all kinds of crafty creations with my children.


Debi Ferguson
Hello my name is Debi Ferguson.  I am excited to be teaching with Ms. Sandy in the Stars.  I love PHP, my son attended PHP and just loved it. My husband and two boys moved here from Arizona.  I earned my Bachelor degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Toledo in Ohio.  I have been teaching the Stars class at PHP since 2016.

Sandy Sisk
Hi!  My name is Sandy Sisk, and I am excited to be teaching at Pleasant Hill Preschool this year in the 4 year old Shining Stars Class.  I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a BS in Early Childhood Education.  Later I received my Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision with an emphasis in Supervisor of Materials.  I was a public kindergarten teacher for 18 years in Tennessee.  I have taught preschool for many years.  My husband, Chris and I have one child, Loren Claire, who is a PHP graduate.  I am a big kid at heart and love to dance, sing, and play.  I am looking forward to a great year.

SPANISH Teacher — Adriana Cespedes

MUSIC Teacher — Cathy Trotter