Our Staff

The Cooperative Nursery School employs 2 head teachers, one director/teacher, and 2 assistant teachers. Our current teachers jointly have over 40 years of early childhood teaching experience in the Champaign-Urbana community. All of our teachers are certified and meet the Illinois DCFS teacher qualifications.


Our parents have the option of assisting in the classroom on a rotational basis as teacher assistants and parents that meet DCFS teacher requirements serve as substitute teachers as needed.


All of our teachers and parent volunteers have completed fingerprinting and background checks as well as medical requirements as established by the state of Illinois.

Anna Cech
4-5's Teacher

Anna began teaching at Coop in 2003 as our 4-5’s teacher and Good Beginnings facilitator. In 2004 she became Coop’s Director. Anna holds a degree in Parks and Recreation Management with additional undergraduate hours in Early Childhood Education…

Courtney Warman
3's Teacher

Courtney’s first experience at the Coop began in 2010 with her children going to Good Beginning’s Class. She then enrolled them in the 2’s in 2011 and 2014...

Jenelle Keene
Director/2's Teacher & Good Beginnings Facilitator

Jenelle has been part of the Coop family since her older son started preschool in the fall of 2005. Jenelle was an assisting parent and occasional substitute teacher while her boys attended Coop…

Debbie Rodriguez 
Assistant Teacher, 4’s class

Debbie has been involved with Coop since 2005, when her oldest son joined the 3s class.…

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