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Preschool (3’s)/ Director of Communication

Peyton Bergwall graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Human Sciences. Peyton had her first experience with The Guthrie School back in April when she was hired to choreograph the end of year production. After spending a few months submerged in the Guthrie community she knew that the atmosphere throughout the school was unrivaled. Since then, she has yearned to contribute to the magic that waits inside this intimate academic institution. Miss Bergwall feels blessed to have received that opportunity. Peyton is the oldest of three daughters and grew up teaching her younger sisters the unbridled advantages of a boundless imagination. As a result of her years immersed in the fine arts, Miss Bergwall gained an inherent ability to invent creative material, teach varied audiences, and mold seemingly difficult tasks into attainable yet impressive results. Peyton intends to cultivate an environment of curiosity, warmth, and zeal for knowledge and growth in her classroom.

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Pre Kindergarten (4’s)

Laura Falgout graduated from University of Houston in Victoria earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies.  Laura has worked with early elementary aged children for 8 years.  She has taught reading interventions, 2nd grade in an inclusive setting, First Grade, Kindergarten, and Pre Kindergarten as a lead teacher.  As an educator she knows her passion and skillset is very strong for the younger child.  Laura has been married for almost 10 years and has 3 daughters; Elisabeth (stepdaughter, 18), Aubrey (6), and Kamdyn (3).  Laura has taught in Lake Charles, Louisiana and in McKinney ISD during her career staying in the public education.  As an educator she is excited to make the switch to the private sector and experience a wonderful school that strongly takes a stake in each child’s well being and education.  She believes The Guthrie way of taking time to dig deep in the children is going to help all students reach their full potential.

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Pre Kindergarten (4’s)

Patricia Carlson graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Elementary Education, with certificates in Special Education and Kindergarten. She has also earned a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Carlson has taught First Grade, serving as grade level coordinator and the Gifted and Talented team leader. Patricia taught Fifth Grade for 12 years in New Mexico where she also was involved in Science Olympiad, Odyssey of the Mind, Destination Imagination, and Student Council. While in NM she also owned a dance studio and was the Artistic Director of the ballet company she co-founded. She also enjoys music and plays the violin. After her move back home to Texas, she taught Fifth Grade for a year before becoming an Instructional Specialist in public education. For the last ten years, she has taught Young 3’s at a private preschool in Dallas, where she also served as Director for the past two years. Mrs. Carlson welcomes the privilege of teaching as a core responsibility; one she takes on with an unwavering commitment to do all that is possible for her students to learn, grow, and feel successful about their academic, social, and emotional achievements. When students achieve their full potential, they gain a sense of self-satisfaction and confidence. She enjoys discovering her student’s individual learning styles, meeting them where they are, and teaching them to achieve their full potential. Patricia is excited to join Guthrie and engage students in the collaborative learning process to foster independent and critical thinking, investigation, and application. She believes the nurturing of curiosity, work ethic, and discipline builds a strong foundation for students to learn. Her passion is for all students to love learning, thus becoming lifelong learners. She lives in Plano with her husband and son.

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