Hi!  My name is Natalie Whelchel and I teach Preschool in the afternoons at Iowa Valley Elementary.  This will be my 2nd year teaching Preschool, I taught full day Preschool at Waco Elementary in Crawfordsville last year.  I also have experience teaching 2nd and 4th grade.  I received my BFA in Graphic Design from University of Iowa and my M.Ed. as an Instructional Specialist in Early Childhood Education from the University of Texas at El Paso.  I am currently getting my Special Education endorsement for PK-3rd from Northwestern College.  I live in Coralville, IA with my husband, Andrew, my daughter, Aurora (Rory, 1 year), my dog, Daisy, and my 2 cats (Izzo & Sabrina).

I believe in an environment that is play based, where the children know the routine/expectations and a place where they can feel safe and form relationships with adults and other children.  My ultimate goal is to prepare my Preschoolers for Kindergarten.