Koala Room

The Koala Room is a full time toddler classroom with ages ranging from 20 months to 3 years old.

Koala in arms


The Koala teachers engage children in developmentally appropriate experiences that stimulate a child’s mind, body and spirit. Through play based experiences, children gather information about the world in which they live, interpret it, and then act upon it for further exploration. Most importantly, your child will be nurtured, respected, and treated as a valued member of our community.

Teaching Philosophy

The teachers bring with them experience and knowledge of child development, a love of literature, and an appreciation for the environment (both physical and emotional) as a key component of your child’s experience.

Koala Teachers

Amanda Coleman

Koala Room Co-Lead Teacher

  • Joined NBCC:
    September 2008
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
What do you love most about working with children?

I love a child's natural curiosity with the world around them along with their ability to find humor in the simplest things!

What are you complimented on most in your work?

I'm most complimented on my ability to stay calm in a busy classroom.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I like to care for my family, try new recipes, bake, go for walks at near by state park, and reading.

Christy Wilder

Koala Room Co-lead Teacher

  • Joined NBCC:
    June 2000
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
    Lincoln Logs
What do you love most about working with children?

Children find beauty, wonder, and excitement in the simplest things; a rock, a large cardboard box, bubble wrap, a worm that they find in the earth, a piece of tape. These are just a few of the treasures that year after year I see young children delight in. Young children live in the moment! Right now is what matters to them. Being able to join them in the moment and remind myself that being present is the best gift anyone can give or receive.

What are you complimented on most in your work?

I am not sure how to answer this question. In all honesty, while I get compliments on the way the classroom environment looks, or for helping a child that is having a difficult drop off, what truly matters are all the things that go seemingly unnoticed. The thousands of hugs, reassurances, the smiles, the nose wipes, the consistency of the same teacher greeting the children in the morning, the work that is taken home and most of all the unconditional love that is given to each and every child.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I have a beautiful family that keeps me very busy. Vacationing, interior design, cooking/trying new or exotic foods, shopping and reading are at the top of my list.

Abby Fisher

Koala Room Assistant Teacher

  • Joined NBCC:
    August 2017
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
What do you love most about working with children?

Their unending desire to explore and learn.

What are you complimented on most in your work?

How well I interact with children.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Read, read, READ! And spend time with family and friends.

Birthday Celebrations

We love celebrating your child's birthday at school. Instead of bringing in a sweet treat, we encourage families to send in a special gift for the child to give to the class on their birthday. They could give their favorite book, puzzle or a special art supply. If your child is really wanting to bring a treat to share, we ask that you send in some fresh fruit or fruit salad. The children enjoy the fruit as much as a sugary treat, and we love learning each child's favorite fruit.

Seasonal Supplies

In the Summer we explore water play twice a week! We run through a sprinkler, splash in a water table and squirt water bottles. Send in a swimsuit, towel and water shoes (or other plastic footwear) At the end of the week, we will send these items home to be washed and returned for another week of water play!

In the Winter we go outside as long as the wind chill is above 20°. Each day send seasonally appropriate clothing in with your child. Specifically each child needs: a warm coat, hat, mittens/gloves and boots for snowy days.

For rainy days we will go outside and explore the sprinkles as long as it is not raining too hard. Please send in a raincoat and rain boots for these wet days.

Watch our Cuddly Koalas learn!

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Dry-Erase Boards

These whiteboards provide a brief summary of what the Koalas do in the classroom each day and through naptimes. They are located next to the door on the shelf above coat hooks.

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Shutterfly App

Often our Koalas are doing adorable things as they learn and grow. We love sharing photos of those experiences. Our families can join our secure Shutterfly stream to view the photos.

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Information Packet

Our Koala information packet provides all of the necessary material you need to know about our room, whether enrolling a new child or how a process works.

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