About Our School
Community Nursery School is a state-licensed preschool offering non-denominational classes, 2 or 4 sessions per week. It does not offer a Day Care program or provide transportation. CNS is open to children ages 3-5 and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, political persuasion, handicap, or ancestry.
CNS is a nonprofit organization, governed by a Board of Directors, composed of volunteer parents. We provide 4K (4-5 year olds) instruction as a Community Partner of the Appleton Area School District.
It is our intent to provide your child with a warm, positive, "first school" experience. We want him or her to form a positive self-image, learn how to get along with others, and be exposed to many new and varied experiences.
There are two 3K (3-4 year olds) classes offered. One meeting Monday and Wednesday mornings and another meeting Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The classes meet for 2 hours and 30 minutes twice a week. Children must be three on or before September 1st of that school year. The maximum class size is 14 students and is taught by one teacher and an aide.
There are two 4K (4-5 year olds) classes offered. One class meeting in the morning and another meeting in the afternoon. The classes meet for 3 hours 10 minutes, Monday through Thursday. Children must be four on or before September 1st of that school year. The maximum class size is 17 students and is taught by one teacher and an aide.
**All teachers meet WI Department of Health and Family Services licensing requirements and complete at least 20 hours of continuing education per year. Our staff is also certified in First Aid and Infant/Child CPR.
Carrie Schuh has been the 3K (3-4 year olds) head teacher since 1997. Mrs. Schuh is the mother of three active children who have grown up way too fast. Her children started their educational journey at CNS and are now in middle school, high school and college. Mrs. Schuh spends her time away from CNS volunteering various places and keeping up with her family’s busy lifestyle. Her education background includes attending UW-River Falls majoring in Education and Psychology and Early Childhood courses at UW-Oshkosh. She encourages all children to feel comfortable and excited about learning and playing with their new friends at CNS.
CNS 3K Teacher's Aide (Morning Class)
Katie Loken has been a member of the CNS school board since 2013, when her oldest child started here. Now that the youngest of her three children is starting his elementary school journey, Mrs. Loken is thrilled to be the aide for both 3K classes. She has a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Marquette University but is a teacher at heart. Mrs. Loken loves to explore the world through the eyes of little ones, and is excited to help our new friends play, learn, and grow throughout the year.
Amy Dugan has been the 4K (4-5 year olds) head teacher since 2010. She is a St. Norbert College graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood education with an emphasis in Adaptive Education (PK-9). Mrs. Dugan is the mother of three children and enjoys volunteering in their classrooms and cheering them on in their many activities. Mrs. Dugan is devoted to truly getting to know each student, and strives to create a warm and inviting classroom where children love to learn.
CNS 4K Teacher's Aide (Morning Class)
Jodi Hurley is the aide for the afternoon 4K classroom. She is the mother of three boys- all former or current CNS students. She has a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Language Arts from UW-Eau Claire. Mrs. Hurley is an active volunteer at her children’s school and loves supporting her boys is their various activities outside the classroom as well. She is dedicated to providing an environment where each little one feels special, cared for, and truly happy to be at CNS.
CNS 4K Teacher's Aide (Afternoon Class)
Leah Mineau is the aide for the morning 4K classroom. She has three children, ranging in age from elementary to middle school, who keep her busy with school and extra-curricular activities. Her youngest is a proud graduate of CNS. Mrs. Mineau is a former first grade teacher and received her elementary education degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is thrilled to be working in 4K at CNS and strives to provide a caring, nurturing classroom where all children feel loved and valued.
**We all strongly believe in the philosophy of our school.
To quote Fred Rogers, "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is the real work of childhood."