Passionate and Highly Qualified Educators

Highly educated and trained teachers with a passion for teaching are at the heart of the education and care provided at Meadows Academy. Our teachers either have a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in early childhood education and quite suited to teach our educational and enrichment programs for infants, toddlers, preschool, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and kindergarten enrichment. Within the school’s very intimate environment and low teacher to student ratios, children receive a high level of individual attention, enabling each child to learn and grow based on their own pace and learning style, in a setting that supports children’s play while ensuring their health and safety.
Angela Mankins
Angela MankinsKindergarten Teacher
I’m excited to teach kindergarten at Meadows Academy! Our private kindergarten program is accredited by Dublin City Schools. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I’m licensed by the Ohio Department of Education to teach Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. I’ve taught kindergarten and preschool for the last twenty years. I live in Westerville with my husband and my 13-year old son, Sean. Our family has attended St. Elizabeth Catholic Church since 1998. During my free time, I enjoy reading, gardening, and watching my son play soccer. I look forward to a fun and exciting school year filled with new learning experiences and friendships for your child.
Brandy Taracko
Brandy TarackoEarly Preschool Teacher
I’m excited to be joining Meadows Academy as the Early Preschool Teacher! I have experience working with children from 6 weeks to kindergarten and I truly love teaching young children! I also have experience working with children with special needs through occupational therapy. I’m raising 3 great kids: Sophia (Teen), Eva (Tween), and Joey (8 years old). I’ve been married for 18 years to my wonderful husband Matt. In my free time I enjoy cheering my kids on at their various sporting events, traveling, and spending time outdoors! I am thrilled to be part of your child’s foundation for lifelong learning. I look forward in working in partnership with you in helping your child grow in character and be more prepared for life!
Brooke Eisanacher
Brooke EisanacherMini-Movers Teacher
I have a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in accounting and finance. After graduation, I passed the CPA exam and began my auditing career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. I volunteered to teach at Junior Achievement and realized that my heart lies in teaching! After attending Ohio State University, I received my master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. My husband, Matt, and I have been married for 11 years and have 3 amazing kids: Ashley (8), Josh (7) and Avery (3). I’ve been passionate about sports throughout my life. I was captain of the varsity lacrosse team at Ohio University and have coached girls lacrosse from youth to Division 1 high school ever since. I can’t wait to get our kids moving and learning through games and activities!
Denise Jennings
Denise JenningsPre-K/K Teacher
I enjoy teaching at Meadows Academy very much! I live in Dublin with my husband, Chuck, our teen-age daughter Claire and son Jack. I graduated from Franklin University with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing. I love spending time with my family and in raising my children. As a mom, I’m extremely involved in my kids’ after school activities such as Claire’s productions at Coffman High School and sporting events for Jack. My hobbies are golfing, walking, and exercising. We have a dog, named Phoebe. I love teaching young children and watching them grow.
Eva Chung
Eva ChungChinese Teacher
I was born and raised in China. I‘m very excited to teach my language and culture to children in Meadows Academy. I grew up in Sichuan, China, and graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree in English Education from Sichuan Normal University. After moving to the United States, I earned double majors in Bachelor of Science in Management Information System and Accounting from Franklin University. I’m currently a CPA registered in Ohio and have been a full time employee as an assistant controller for a local insurance company in Dublin. I teach Sunday school in Columbus Chinese Christian Church. I live in Dublin with my husband, Jason, and we have five kids that keep us very busy with their extracurricular activities.
Irma Khouw
Irma KhouwKodaly Music Teacher
I’m a professional pianist and a music therapist. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Towson University and a Master of Music degree in Music Therapy from Ohio University. I have a private piano studio in Dublin and have
been a preschool music teacher for over 10 years. I love working with preschoolers, sharing the joy of music, and developing them to their fullest potential through music. I live with my husband, Raymond, and 3 children: Davyn, Sara, and Shaena. We all love music: my children and I enjoy singing and playing the piano, guitar, drum, and percussion together. In my free time, I like to read, listen to Classical music, compose/arrange piano music, and spend quality time with my precious family.
Katy Schindler-Lam
Katy Schindler-LamPreschool Teacher
I graduated summa cum laude from Bowling Green State University with
a degree in Inclusive Early Childhood Education. I received two licenses from the state of Ohio: pre-k to 3rd grade general education and pre-k
to 3rd grade intervention specialist. I’m passionate about using a variety
of approaches and techniques to differentiate my instruction in order to ensure that every young learner has the best opportunities to grasp the concepts and use them in and out of the classroom. I recently got married to my husband Jonathan, and we currently live in Dublin. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, being outdoors, and trying new recipes. I couldn’t be more excited to join the Meadows Family!
Susan Bolongaita
Susan BolongaitaAcademy Director
It’s my privilege and honor to join you in this great adventure of providing a high-quality preschool education for your children as your Core Knowledge Preschool Director and Teacher. I have a Master’s Degree in Basic Education Teaching and Preschool Education. My background includes volunteering with a Catholic youth group called Christ’s Youth in Action where I worked with university students in helping them grow spiritually. I love children and have been teaching them for most of my adult life. I’m married and now that I have children of my own, being a mother has become a vocation too. On behalf of the teaching staff, it’s with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Meadows Academy family!
Ximena Esguerra
Ximena EsguerraSpanish Teacher
I’m very excited for the opportunity to introduce Spanish to the children
at Meadows. I’m originally from Bogota, Colombia. My family and I have lived in Dublin for the past 12 years. I have two children: Paulina is a sophomore at Jerome High School and Matthew is a fourth grader at Deer Run. My Husband Andres and I have been married for almost 20 years. I graduated as a Graphic Designer and I worked in that field until I became a mom. I love being involved with my kids’ schools so I volunteer at Deer Run with the yearbook and in the library. I also do work translating material form English to Spanish for several companies. I’m very happy to join the great team of teachers at Meadows.