At Willow Wood, we truly encourage and welcome parent participation and involvement. Our hope is that both you and your child will create lifelong friendships that last beyond your time at our school. There are many ways to get involved, from being present in the classroom to volunteering for special committees or accepting a position as a board member. We want you to be a part of your child's experience! 

Lean Into Willow Wood

Classroom Volunteer Days: We ask parents to help in their child’s classroom 3-4 times a year. The anticipation of a special guest is very exciting for everyone!  

Conferences: We value sharing ideas and feelings with families during parent-teacher conferences held in November and March. Our teachers are available throughout the year if you would like to schedule additional conferences. We also encourage grandparents and special friends to visit Willow Wood and observe our classes. Please contact your teacher to schedule a visit. Further, do not hesitate to contact our Director with questions or concerns throughout the year.

Room Parent: A liaison between the school and families, our room parents help teachers in so many ways. For example, room parents organize playdates, host social events, and coordinate teacher gifts. This one-year commitment is a fantastic opportunity to get to know Willow Wood, our teachers, and students.  

Board Parent: Willow Wood is run entirely by a board of parent volunteers. This is a three-year commitment that is open to new members in January of each year. Please email the Board Relations Chair to seek additional information at any time.

Bring Your Own Parent Saturday: A special day for parents to visit the classroom and enjoy their student’s Willow Wood experience first hand. 


Annual Events

Our time-honored traditions make Willow Wood special.  We encourage families to become part of our community through play-dates, sing-a-longs and parent parties.  Check out our upcoming events.  Should you care for more hands-on role in our community, please contact our volunteer coordinator.

Popsicle Playdate: Before the school year begins, Willow Wood students meet at a local park for an afternoon playdate and popsicles. This is the perfect way to meet Willow Wood families and to get excited for the upcoming school year. Besides, who doesn’t like a popsicle on a warm summer day!?

Play, Learn, Grow: A one-of-a-kind children's nature festival where kids can plant, harvest and cook vegetables; learn about worms and composting; play creatively outdoors with interactive, educational exhibits; and interact with the community.

Halloween Party:  Our annual Halloween Party is held at the Kohl Children's Museum (which is closed to the public and open just for us!). Willow Wood Families explore the museum in their Halloween costumes and enjoy a relaxing time together with friends. 

Sing Along:  During a winter evening, our music teacher leads a sing-along for families.   Children sing songs that they learned in school for their parents to enjoy.

Nightshirt Tales: A beloved Willow Wood tradition, families and teachers arrive to school in pajamas for a night of singing, games and bedtime stories.  

Parents’ Party: In the early spring we host a party to thank our parents for their hard work and dedication.  Plus, it is a fun way for Willow Wood parents to enjoy grown-up time together.

2019-2020 Board Members


  • Stephanie Wheat, President

  • Hilary Hoye, Vice President Operations

  • Jessica Newell, Vice President Marketing

  • Ann Kenzie, Treasurer

  • Jackie Blackett, Secretary

  • Kate Casale MacNally, Registrar

  • Katherine Banich, Board Relations

  • Kristen Cross, Equipment Coordinator

  • Kristen Goodfellow, Fundraising Co-Chair

  • Ashley Sutphen, Fundraising Co-Chair


  • Shevawn Hyatt, Assistant Registrar

  • Beth Quintana, Controller

  • Amanda Keilman, Community Relations

  • Amy Schroeder, Digital Communications

  • Jackie Hairston, Social

  • Andrea Leko, Supplemental Fundraising

  • Courtney McConnell, Assistant Fundraising

  • Kelly Shoup, Parent Communications