Marysville Cooperative Education Partnership (MCEP)

History




A Brief History of Our Program

 

The mothers who had enrolled their children in the Marysville Cooperative Preschool in the fall of 1993 did not know one another, but by the end of the year they had become good friends. All of the parents were advocates for parent involvement in education, which is why they enrolled their children in a preschool which required their presence. It was only natural, during one of those days of working with preschoolers together, that the idea of continuing the Co-op concept into elementary school would be raised.

Laura Wild had read an article in Mothering, a national magazine, about cooperative schools. In fact, the article was about the Edmonds Co-op. If a Co-op could work in Edmonds, why wouldn't it work in Marysville? Laura and Debbie Vincelette, a fellow preschool mother, visited the Edmonds Co-op, and came away convinced that the program was exactly what they wanted to develop. Laura's husband, a teacher in Marysville, encouraged her to pursue the idea with Tim Culver, assistant superintendent for instructional programs.

In March, 1994, Laura, Debbie and Sally Ongaro, the third "Founding Mother," met with Dr. Culver, Superintendent Ron Barnes, and Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Fred McCarthy. The idea was enthusiastically received, and the "Mothers" were asked to meet with the elementary school principals to explain the idea. It was hoped that one of the principals would like the concept, and would make space for it within their school. The Marysville Co-op would be based on the Edmonds’ model, and would start small, with one kindergarten class, and one first/second-grade class.

After meeting with the principals, two expressed interest in housing the Co-op at their schools: John Waldrop at Marshall, and Breeze Williams at Pinewood. A meeting at the Service Center in the fall of 1994 for teachers and parents who had heard about plans for a Co-op generated a lot of interest. When a survey of parents in the community was conducted, it became clear that there was enough interest in the Co-op to justify two sites, at Marshall and Pinewood. Each site would begin with one kindergarten and one first/second-grade class.

The Founding Mothers met with the Founding Mothers and Staff of the Edmonds Program, and tried to gather as much information as possible about how to run a parent cooperative. The Edmonds group shared freely of its time and resources, and provided training for Marysville parents and teachers. The Marysville Co-op adopted the Edmonds Co-op bylaws during its first year of operations, until Marysville parents and teachers could amend them to make them their own.

In the midst of all the planning and preparations for opening the Co-op, Laura Wild left for Australia. Her husband was participating in a one-year teaching exchange. Debbie Vincelette and Sally Ongaro, with the help of many families interested in the Co-op concept, worked tirelessly to establish the Co-op. In August, 1995, four Co-op classrooms opened at Marshall and Pinewood Elementary. Sally and Debbie participated in the hiring of the four Co-op teachers. At Pinewood, MariLou Pilon taught kindergarten, and Nancy Carlson taught the first/second-grade class. At Marshall, Carolyn Clark taught kindergarten, and Denise Scofield taught the first/second-grade class.

The Co-op had its share of ups and downs during that first year. Some parents and staff had a difficult time understanding what a Co-op was. Co-op council meetings consumed hours of time. But at the end of that first year, a bond between the parents and staff had been forged. A long waiting list existed for the next year's kindergarten class. The Co-op was off to a good start.

During the Co-op's second year, two more teachers were hired: Renee Ford (first grade at Marshall) and Molly Allen (the second/third-grade class at Pinewood). A group of Co-op council members and the Founding Mothers wrote a proposal to house the Co-op in one building. It was becoming clear that having the Co-op housed at two sites created challenges, such as having different rules at different sites when two different principals were interpreting the same bylaws. The group hoped that being in one building would create unity. In December, 1996, Superintendent Richard Eisenhauer made the decision to place all Co-op classrooms at elementary school number 10, which was still under construction, and due to be opened in August, 1997. Jeanne Tennis, who had been the principal at Shoultes Elementary, was named to the post at Quil Ceda. In the 2007-08 school year David McKellar became the principal.

Over the past several years, the MCEP staff has grown and changed:  

 Years

K

1st


2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th
7th 8th

97-98

MariLou Pilon, Kathy White

Renee Ford, Andrea Hegge


Molly Allen, Denise Scofield

Candice Duncan,

3/4/5th: Sue Johnston

 

 

     

98-99

MariLou Pilon, Jeana Blomstrom

Renee Ford, Andrea Hegge


Molly Allen,

2/3rd: Shawn Jenkins/Karen Rochon,

2/3rd: Denise Scofield

Candice Duncan

Cathy Davis,

4/5/6th: Sue Johnston

 

     

99-00

Jeana Blomstrom, LuAnne Pentecost

Andrea Hegge, Renee Ford


Rebecca Shroyer, Jason Rounds

Shawn Jenkins/ Karen Rochon, Denise Scofield

Gayle Bluhm /MariLou Pilon

4/5th: Hank Palmer,

4/5/6th: Sue Johnston

 

     

00-01

Jeana Blomstrom, LuAnne Pentecost

Andrea Hegge, Renee Ford


Rebecca Shroyer/ Tammi Knowles, Denise Scofield

Shawn Jenkins/ Karen Rochon,

Fran McCarthy/ Wanzellia Clark

Gayle Bluhm,

4/5th: Sue Johnston

Hank Palmer

     

01-02

Jeana Blomstrom, LuAnne Pentecost

Andrea Hegge, Renee Ford


Rebecca Shroyer/ Tammi Knowles, Denise Scofield

Shawn Jenkins/ Karen Rochon, Fran McCarthy/ Wanzellia Clark

Gayle Bluhm,

4/5th: Sue Johnston

Hank Palmer

     

02-03

LuAnne Pentecost, Jeana Blomstrom

Renee Ford, Andrea Hegge


Denise Scofield, Rebecca Shroyer

Kristen Davis, Shawn Jenkins/ Karen Rochon

Gayle Bluhm,

4/5th: Sue Johnston

Hank Palmer

     

03-04

LuAnne Pentecost, Jeana Blomstrom

Renee Ford, Tammi Knowles


Denise Scofield, Rebecca Shroyer

Shawn Jenkins/ Karen Rochon

Jerri Novy,

4/5th: Sue Johnston

Hank Palmer

     

04-05

Jeana Blomstrom, Kari Brickey

Tammi Knowles, Terri Smith


Denise Scofield, Rebecca Shroyer

Shawn Jenkins/ Karen Rochon,

3/4thJerri Novy

Sue Johnston

Hank Palmer

     

05-06

Kari Brickey,   Kirsten Green

Tammi Knowles, Terri Smith


Denise Scofield, Rebecca Shroyer

Shawn Jenkins/Karen Rochon, Elizabeth Larson

Jerri Novy, 4/5th: Sue Johnston

Hank Palmer

     

06-07

Kari Brickey,    Kirsten Green

Tammi Knowles, Terri Smith


Denise Scofield, Rebecca Shroyer

Shawn Jenkins, Elizabeth Larson

Jerri Novy, 4/5th: Sue Johnston

Hank Palmer

     

07-08

Kari Brickey,    Kirsten Green

Kristin Ryan, Terri Smith


Denise Scofield, Rebecca Shroyer

Shawn Jenkins, Elizabeth Larson

Jerri Novy, 4/5th: Sue Johnston

Hank Palmer

     

08-09

Kari Brickey,    Kirsten Green

Kristin Ryan, Bonnie Verge


Kyla Raser, Karin Perdue

Shawn Jenkins, Elizabeth (Larson) Bray

Jerri Novy, Marc Knowles

Sue Johnston, Hank Palmer

     

09-10

Kari Brickey,   
Kirsten Green

Kristin Ryan, Bonnie Verge


Amy Schaffler, Karin Perdue

Shawn Jenkins, Elizabeth Bray

Jerri Novy, Erica Rasmussen

Sue Johnston, Hank Palmer

     
 
10-11
Kari Brickey,    Kirsten Green Kristin Ryan, Bonnie Verge
Amy Schaffler, Karin Perdue Shawn Jenkins, Elizabeth Bray Sue Johnston,
David Cort
Hank  Palmer,  Jerri Novy
     
 
11-12

Kari Brickey,    Kirsten Green
Kristin Ryan, Bonnie Verge
Karin Perdue,
2/3rd Elizabeth Bray

Shawn Jenkins, 3/4
th Sue Johnston
David Cort,          4/5th Jerri Novy Hank Palmer Barb Barclay
Deanna Hollstein


 
12-13
Kari Brickey,    Kirsten Green Bonnie Verge, Amy Schaffler,
1/2nd Kristin Ryan

Karin Perdue,
2/3rd Shawn Jenkins 
Elizabeth Bray,
3/4th Sue Johnston
 David Cort
Hank Palmer, Jerri Novy
Barb Barclay Deanna Hollstein Mia Cauley

13-14
Kari Brickey,    Kirsten Green Bonnie Verge,
Amy Schaffler

Kristin Ryan,
Elizabeth Bray,
2nd/3rd Karin Perdue
Shawn Jenkins,
3rd/4th Sue Johnston
David Cort,
4th/5th Jerri Novy
Hank Palmer Barb Barclay Deanna Hollstein Todd Sturm
 
14-15
Kari Brickey,    Kirsten Green Bonnie Verge,
Amy Schaffler

Karin Perdue,
2nd/3rd Elizabeth Bray

David Cort,
3rd/4
th Sue Johnston
Shawn Jenkins,
4th/5th Jerri Novy
Hank Palmer Barb Barclay Deanna Hollstein Annette Shannon


District changes in the 2000-01 school year moved the sixth grade to the middle schools. Since that time, the Co-op had one 6th grade class located at Marysville Middle School in the 2002-03 school year. Stacy Gonce was the teacher of that class.

It has always been the intent of the Co-op's founders to grow the Co-op by one grade level per year, and to take the Co-op through the 8th grade, just as the Edmonds Co-op has done. The founding parents also expressed their commitment to having the Co-op housed in its own building, following the Edmonds example. The Edmonds group shared space in several buildings before taking over the unused Maplewood Elementary in 1991. In the past several years, the Co-op's founders and some Co-op Council members have continued to meet with Marysville School District administrators, advocating for a Co-op building.

In Summer 2011, MCEP (the Co-op) moved to Marshall Elementary. In 2011, the membership voted to change the name from Marysville Cooperative Education Program (MCEP) to the Marysville Cooperative Education Partnership (MCEP).

The Marysville Cooperative Education Partnership (MCEP) comes ever closer to realizing the dreams of the parents who had a really good idea.

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