Melanie Rudebeck, Executive Director

Education: Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood from Colorado State University

Certificate: Teacher Certification in Texas In EC-4th grade from Texas A&M Commerce

Career: Melanie graduated from Highland Park High School and went on to attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins Colorado. After graduating from Colorado State, she began working as a preschool teacher at the Park Cities YMCA and later taught at Callier Child Development Preschool.

She moved on to to become an Education Specialist for Head Start of Greater Dallas where she trained teachers. She served as Assistant Director at Highland Park United Methodist Church for a few years and then went on to become the Director of The ChildCareGroup at The Salvation Army Center in Irving.

Melanie has worked at The Community School of the Park Cities for fourteen years and has been the Director for eight years. Melanie is involved in Delta Kappa Gamma, a teaching society and White Rock Fellowship Church. She is married to John and has two sons. She enjoys time with her boys.

Christy Johnson, Curriculum Coordinator 

From: Dallas, TX
Education: Texas Tech University, Education Degree with a focus in Special Education

Teaching: Six years at CSPC
Ms. Christy Johnson began at The Community School teaching toddlers.  After two years, she moved to the Pre K class where she is beginning her third year as the Pre K teacher.  Ms Christy works as the Pre K teacher in the mornings and serves as the Curriculum Coordinator for the school in the afternoons.  She says that it has always been her passion to work with kids.  It is my mission to prepare these young kids to make the right life choices in order to be successful. 

Teaching Favorite: "Watching the kids have fun while learning something new."   

Courtney O'Reilly, Business Manager

From: Westwood, MA 
Education: BA Cultural Anthropology, Minor focus in Corporate Communications & Public Affairs. Minor focus in Spanish, Southern Methodist University

Teaching: Eleven years at CSPC
Teaching Favorite: "The special relationships that are formed with my students throughout their time in my classroom, and seeing their growth and development over the course of the year. I have worked with children in some capacity starting at age 14.

I have always known that I wanted to pursue a career in teaching—specifically early childhood education. Children find such joy in learning—their enthusiasm and curiosity is truly contagious. It has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience, which has taught me a lot in return."

I am excited about reaching children in a new way as the Business Manager.