Teachers

Louise Miracle

Louise is the founder/director of WAP. She received a degree in Environmental Studies from Clark University in Massachusetts. After many years of exploring the country and many varied job experiences including farming, Habitat for Humanity construction, and environmental education she settled in Asheville. She spent a few years working at Asheville City Preschool, went back to school and completed a Birth-Kindergarten degree in education from Western Carolina University. She also completed a certification through the North American Montessori Center. She is mother to 2 daughters that attend Evergreen and Asheville High. She has a passion for books, cooperation and integrative learning. She is contagiously enthusiastic about most things and loves to make messes.

Erin Colberg

Erin joined the playschool community in 2011 as a parent and is now a 5 day teacher. She has two kids that attend Asheville City Schools. Erin is full of energy and always has something positive to add to every situation.   She is in charge of summer camps at Playschool and keeps everyone coming back for more of the magic!  She is passionate about music, gardening and dance. She is talented at craft projects and origami and has a wonderful sense of style. Erin keeps us organized and is always the first one at school and the last to leave! All the children in both classes always want more of Ms. Erin!  

Samantha Erway

Samantha also started out as a parent in 2015 and has stayed with us.  She is a mother of 2 kids that are both Playschool graduates and now attend Hall Fletcher elementary. She has a BA from Penn State in English and spent most of her working life advocating for the autism and disability communities. She is an ardent supporter of the Playschool way of life and is always available with a helping hand for anyone in need!

Adena Elder

Adena came to the Playschool community in 2017 as an assistant teacher. She sings beautifully with her ukuele and brings a calm and peaceful energy to Playschool. She took some time off when her son was born and is excited to be back. She is thrilled to have her son, Felix, enrolled with us this year!  Adena loves hiking, camping and being outdoors as much as possible. 

Jessica Richmond

Hello my name is Ms. Jessica. I am a excited to join West Asheville Playschool and continue to explore my newly discovered passion for teaching young children. I have a Master’s Degree from UNC Greensboro in History. I love to read, sing, dance and play in the garden. I am a very active storyteller and I love to create voices and bring stories to life. I enjoy being silly especially when singing and dancing. During my free time I love to walk my dog, tend to my own garden and create lots of art. I also live next to a small farm with ducks, chickens, dogs and goats.