Pre-Kindergarten Team Members
Mrs. Holly Blais
Mrs. Jodi Clarke
Mrs. Stacey Funkhouser
Mrs. Lois Cox
Mrs. Ruth Sonifrank
Mrs. Virginia Veney
Mrs. Holly Blais, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Blais has been with John C. Myers Elementary since 2002. She has served John C. Myers in several areas including Math Resource, 4th Grade and now has taught Pre-Kindergarten since 2006.
She is a graduate of John Handley High School in Winchester, Va. Upon graduation she attended Bridgewater College and graduated with a BS degree in liberal studies with a preK-6th grade teaching endorsement.
Mrs. Jodi Clarke, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Clarke began her teaching career at JCMES as a 1st Grade teacher in 2007-2008. Since the 2011-2012 school year she has guided the PreK students at our school.
She is a Broadway High School graduate, Class of 2003 (99-03). She went on to attend Bridgewater College (03-07) where she received her B.S. in Family and Consumer Science/Education.
Her favorite quote "While we try to teach children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about" .
Angela Schwindt . "This is my favorite quote because it sums up my career and my family." Clarke says.
She is a family person and loves spending time with her husband, her son, Cole and her dog, Hoss.
Mrs. Stacey Funkhouser, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Funkhouser graduated from Moorefield High School in Hardy County, WV. She began undergraduate studies at Potomac State College of WVU in Keyser, WV, then transferred to Shepherd University. She graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Elementary Education with specialization/minor in Early Childhood.
She began her first teaching position in the fall of 1997 along with her graduate program in Early Childhood Special Education from West Virginia University. She graduated from WVU with a masters degree in ECSE 2004. She spent her first 9 years of her teaching career in schools ranging from preschool through senior high in Hardy and Berkely counties in West Virginia.
When she got married in 2006, she moved into the Shenandoah Valley and began teaching ECSE in Staunton. After 2 years there she transferred to John C. Myers Elementary where she has been so fortunate to work with amazing colleagues, parents, students, staff and the Broadway community.
Mrs. Funkhouser lives with her husband, Andy and her 3 beautiful daughters: Heather, Rachel, and Sophia. They have 3 rescued dogs and 2 rescued cats.
Mrs. Lois Cox, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
Ms. Cox came to John C. Myers in 2015 to serve as our Pre K assistant in Mrs. Blais Class. Previously she served as the special education assistant at Pleasant Valley Elementary in Harrisonburg, Va. She is originally from Pennsylvania. She has worked with RCPS for 15 years and during that time she has served as an assistant in the Early Childhood Special Ed. class, in the LD classroom, as a Pre-K assistant and she also drives a school bus. She enjoys spending time with her family, taking walks, and decorating. Her favorite quote is, "If you can't fly, run. If you can't run, walk. If you can't walk, crawl. Just keep moving forward." She believes you should always follow your dreams because you never know where they might take you!
Mrs. Ruth Sonifrank, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
Mrs. Sonifrank graduated from Page County High School in 1985. In 2008 completed the requirements for her Associate Degree.
She has worked at JCMES since 2002. Her first two years she worked as an assistant in the Special Education Class. She then moved into the Pre-K teacher assistant position in Mrs. Clarke's Pre-K Class, where she has served since.
Mrs. Sonifrank's Favorite Quote:
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined!"
Mrs. Virginia Veney, Teacher Assistant