Meet the Teachers and Staff

Lia Ozolins-Baker: Director

I have owned The Prep School since 1996 – twenty four years – WOW! – what memories! I have my Masters’ degree in Educational Leadership from IU, taught Kindergarten for 10 years, and have taught at Ivy Tech Community College in the Education Department for 20 years!  I reside at Amelia Island in Florida and enjoy playing tennis, golf, pickleball, listening to live local bands, and having fun with friends (and my main squeeze – Mike Baker)! We are BIG football and sports fans – and are ready for Fantasy Football, college football, actually, ANY SPORTING EVENT!  I am “one cat short of crazy”, so I have four and you might find a few regular raccoons, armadillos, and opossums in my jungle of a backyard…  Looking forward to a new adventure this school year.

Cassie Oliver: Site Director

I have been a part of the Prep School since April 2007. I was born and raised in the Bloomington, Indiana in the Unionville area and currently reside in Bloomington with my husband Matt, our 2 year old daughter Lucy, our bun in the oven, and our dog Ringo. I earned my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education through Ivy Tech State College. I have worked in all grades/ ages at The Prep School and have worn many hats over these past 12 years. I am your go to girl- so if you need anything at all please ask. Looking forward the 2019-2020 school year!

Jen Posson: 5’s Teacher

I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Go Steelers!) but moved to Indiana in 1997. I graduated in December of 2012 from Indiana University with my Bachelors’ degree in Elementary Education. I started substitute teaching at The Prep School in August 2006 and received my Indiana Teaching License in 2019. My son Jacob and my daughter Hailey are both graduates of the Prep School. I enjoy music, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Kaitlynn Hudson: 5’s Teacher

I was born in Bloomington, IN and raised just outside of Monroe County in Solsberry, IN. I have an Associates Degree in General Studies from Ivy Tech and discovered my passion for education while obtaining this degree, leading me to my current pursuance of a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education through WGU! I am the oldest of 3 children and grew up on a hobby farm just outside of Bloomington where we owned all kinds of animals over the course of my childhood. I have an extra special love for abnormally large animals, so I have a Great Dane named Titus, a collie-mix named Miley, and 2 large rescue cats named Oscar and Toby. I enjoy being outside with my pups, kayaking, dancing/listening to music, watching movies, spending time with friends and family, and pretty much anything else that keeps me busy! I am so excited to start my journey with The Prep School this 2020-2021 school year and make fun memories with my students and co-workers.

Jessica Jacob: 4’s Teacher

I was born and raised in Bloomington. I earned my CDA technical certificate through Ivy Tech. I have been teaching in Bloomington schools for the past six years and I have had an amazing experience of working in both general and special education classroom settings. When I am not at work I enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with my kids Eli (10) and Rylee (7). We love to attend sporting events, cook together, and do anything outside! I enjoy all educational settings but have a true passion for preschool. I love working with kids to help them build a strong foundation. I believe that with a mixture of free choice activities and a structured teaching time every child can find a love for learning!

Bridget Wade: 4’s Teacher

I started working at The Prep School in June 2020 as a part-time teacher, but I am so excited to start as a full-time teacher in Fall 2020! I am originally from Indianapolis, but moved to Bloomington after high school to attend college. I graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Education. I have a strong passion for empowering young minds, and have been teaching children for 3 years now. When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy music, drawing, tea, yoga and plants!”

Cat Cowan: 3’sTeacher

I am Catherine, but I go by Cat. I moved to Bloomington, Indiana in 2013 after being born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska. Family means everything to me and I treasure being close with mine. I earned my CDA technical certificate through Ivy Tech in 2019 and plan on continuing on to a degree in the near future. In the beginning of May, I married the love of my life in the midst of this insane pandemic! We are so happy and thankful we could still make that happen. When I am not working, I love throwing the frisbee with my hubby, playing with makeup with my sister, music and concerts, baking, babysitting, traveling and adventuring, Netflix binging, scrapbooking and taking care of my sunflowers. I love working at The Prep School and trying to provide structure and normalcy for your children during this crazy time!

Hope Granger: Substitute

Hello! My name is Hope and I’m a substitute teacher here at The Prep School. I am from Terre Haute, IN and now reside in Bloomington. Currently, I’m student at Indiana University studying Fitness and Wellness. I am a former Indiana Softball player and love being active and interacting with people, especially youth. I have always enjoyed being involved with youth sports because they’re always active and energetic like me! When I’m not working, you can find me at a gym, with my family, or playing with my dogs!

Paige Chitwood: Substitute

I have been subbing at The Prep School for about five months now and absolutely love it! I am currently a sophomore at Indiana University majoring in Psychology in hopes to go to grad school to become a Developmental Psychologist. I love sports, planning, helping others, and of course spending time with my family and friends. I can’t wait to continue to work with The Prep School students!  

Megan Jerrells: French

I have been at The Prep School subbing in classrooms for two years now. Although it may seem that I am “newbie” I am actually a proud former student of The Prep School. It is great to be back! I am currently a student at Indiana University studying English secondary education and French. I love dogs, tea, traveling, and puns! I am looking forward to teaching the students French this school year. 

Amy Mason: Music and Art

I started my tenure at The Prep School in 2000. I have worn many hats at the school including teaching in each POD as well as Kindergarten. I have been the director, music teacher, and art teacher as well! I have a degree in Education and Theatre from Wittenberg University. My husband Rob and I have 3 children who have all graduated from The Prep School: Grace (senior at BHSN!!), William (7th grade) and James (6th grade). Our family wouldn’t be complete without our sweet dogs, Lilly and Sam. We keep very busy with hockey, baseball, and show choir. I absolutely love teaching and truly enjoy being a part of our Prep School community!