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Hippos (2 year olds)



Mrs. Rachel

Hi BLPS families! I’m Rachel Penland and I am very excited to be leading the Hippos classroom again this year! Prior to the Hippos, I worked in the Mom's Day Out program at Bethany and had a blast with the one and two year old kiddos! This is my favorite age to teach, as you really get to see them blossom! I’m looking forward to learning, playing, and getting creative again this year! 

When I’m at home, my husband, daughter and I like to spend time together watching movies, cooking, going for walks, and playing games.





Mrs. Kirsten

Hello! I’m Kirsten Kovack and I’m excited to be an assistant teacher for the Hippos!

I’m a Navy spouse and Mom to two amazing kiddos! Originally from Florida, I attended Florida State University where received my degree in Family and Child Sciences.

I have always loved working with children even from a young age when I was a babysitter and nanny. Watching and helping my own children learn, explore and gain confidence is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced and to be able to help give that to other children will be such a gift.

I’m honored to be part of the BLPS family and to help your child grow and succeed academically and socially.




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