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Louise Miracle

Louise is the founder/director of WAP while also coteaching with the amazing staff. 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 Silsa 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 has now been a teacher at WAP for 10 years! She has two kids that attend Franklin School of Innovation and the University of San Francisco. 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 and North Star Academy. 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 our resident dj, meditation/taichi/yoga guru and has brought much joy to the Playschool by introducing us to her “cousin” Scientist Sam who loves to come in for surprise visits and give us hands on science lessons! 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. She sings beautifully with her ukulele and brings a calm and peaceful energy to Playschool. She took some time off when her son was born and returned as a 3 day teacher in 2021. Now we enjoy fun filled school days with Adena and her son Felix.   Adena loves hiking, camping and being outdoors as much as possible. 

Loren Taylor

Loren came to West Asheville Playschool in 2021 as the mother of twins that are now heading off to Kindergarten. She has been home with her kids and loved watching them grow! Teaching has been a dream of hers and she is very excited to stay at Playschool this year as a teacher. She is very sweet and nurturing. She is a great listener and genuinely loves to spend time with kids. She enjoys hiking, playing with her dog and knitting.