Chandra Inouye

3-Day Lead Teacher & 2-Day Assistant Teacher 


Chandra Inouye started her preschool journey as a co-op parent in Seattle, and fell in love with the Reggio method of teaching and learning in preschools. She has worked with Reggio inspired preschools for 6 years, and is excited to start another year of wonder and discovery with you and your children. When she's not teaching or creating documentation, chances are good she's out exploring Shaker Heights with her husband, 13 year old daughter, and 8 year old boy-girl twins.

Tammy Stepisnik

4-Day Lead Teacher

Koari Hongo

Music Teacher

Amber Malek


Amber Malek first fell in love with early childhood education as a parent at Xavier University’s Montessori Lab School in Cincinnati, OH. After moving to Shaker Heights in 2015, the Malek family discovered the Cooperative Preschool. The Reggio Emilia model resonated with her own philosophies about young children’s place in the world and the best ways to learn. Before stepping into the role of director, she served as class chair and registrar. She holds bachelor’s degrees in History from the University of Utah and Professional Photography from Brooks Institute. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and eager to build upon her prior experiences. Outside of the co-op, Amber enjoys yoga, camping, and exploring alongside her four young children.


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