When she enrolled her daughter in the afternoon transition class at MWS in 1999, Chrissi was working as a financial analyst at Compaq Computer. She arranged her business schedule so she could also work as a teacher assistant for us. After two years as a TA, Chrissi gave up her corporate job in order to become certified to teach her own class. Beginning in 2001 she co-taught 4 year olds in the morning while also teaching the afternoon transition class for 5 year-olds. Three years later, we asked Chrissi to implement a new program to replace the transition class: the afternoon extended day program—a program open to all age groups at our school. She continued to co-teach the morning 4-day 4-year old class with Jan Phelan until we created the 5-day 4-year old class that they co-teach. In addition to teaching, Chrissi is our office administrative assistant and keeps our children well fed by purchasing all our snacks and cooking supplies. Always the innovator, Chrissi is constantly on the lookout for new projects for her class and new foods that are “Allergy Safe” for our school. Outside school, Chrissi helps her husband with his property management business and “hangs out” with her beautiful daughter, as much as a teenager will allow.