Miss Amanda

Amanda was thrilled and honored to buy Chalkboard from Sherry Kopka, the owner and shining light of Chalkboard for 40 years, when she retired in the summer of 2019. Amanda had been Chalkboard’s aide for the previous four years and her daughter had been a student back in 2006 through 2008. She has been a longtime resident of Old Town, with her mother still living in the house that she grew up in just three blocks from Chalkboard, and although she now lives in West Town, she definitely spends more time within that three block radius of Chalkboard.

Amanda has kept the spirit and soul of Chalkboard just as Sherry had it, as that is what has always made it magical, and despite the challenges that Covid has brought, never once has regretted her decision to follow in Sherry’s footsteps and loves every single day.


Miss Donna

Donna has been a preschool teacher for over 20 years and is Chalkboard’s head teacher. She has the skills, knowledge and creativity that comes with her many years teaching and the kindness, joy, and love of teaching that comes from being an amazing human being.

Donna and Amanda work together in all things to make Chalkboard a place where our students explore, create, play, and sometimes, just be silly. Because sometimes, we all just need to be silly.



*Due to Covid we were required to start the 2020-2021  school year with 10 children or less. Because of this our staff was Donna and Amanda. During the summer we will be joined by Mary Ellis as well as some past students who come to help out, and will have a new aide starting in the fall of the 2021-2022 school year.*




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