Gail Reinking, Director / Lead Teacher
Gail is in her 23rd year as Director and Lead Teacher at LPK. In total, she’s taught in a preschool setting for 29 years. Gail loves the honesty, energy and surprise that comes with each and every day of working with 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children. She also enjoys LPK’s co-op structure because it enables her to develop relationships with whole families, not just individual students.
Gail earned a BFA from Roanoke College and completed coursework toward a Masters of Administrative Science from Johns Hopkins University. When her two sons were young, she enjoyed volunteer opportunities in Sunday school, VBS, and preschool. Those volunteer experiences informed her decision to become a credentialed preschool teacher. To date, she has accrued over 200 hours of continuing education in the field of early childhood education.
Outside the classroom, Gail enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, theater, and spending time with family and good friends!
Tracey Heller, Assistant Teacher
Tracey, who is in her second year as Assistant Teacher at LPK, may be a newer addition to our staff, but she is not new to the LPK community. Her youngest son (of three) is an LPK alumnus. Indeed, it was Tracey’s time as an LPK parent that launched a second career for her, into preschool education. Prior to starting her family, Tracey earned a Bachelors and Masters degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and worked for a research firm in Rockville. But when her youngest son started Kindergarten, Tracey went to work for the Howard County Recreation and Parks “My First School” preschool program. She enjoyed the job so much that she took on a 90-hour certification in Early Childhood Education at Howard Community College. From there, Tracey spent two years as the lead teacher of a two-year-old class in Ijamsville.
Tracey is active in the local community. She has taught second-grade religious education at St. Michael’s Church, she has served as PTA president at Lisbon Elementary School, and she has served as PTSA president at Glenwood Middle School.
Tracey has been thrilled to return home to LPK as its assistant teacher. She looks forward to meeting, playing with, and learning with our children each fall!