Our Family

Michelle Winter
Educational Director,
Fantastic Frogs Teacher

Michelle has been a member of the Glenbrook family since 2007, first as a parent and then as a teacher. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Michelle taught first grade in Frederick County Public Schools for eight years. After spending many years as a stay-at-home mom, Michelle was excited to return to Early Childhood Education, a field in which she holds undergraduate and Masters degrees.

In 2010, she began teaching Glenbrook’s Super Stars class. Since then, she has taught the Busy Bees class and most recently, the Fantastic Frogs. Michelle has loved being a part of a community that values children and helps them learn, grow and explore. This year, she is excited to take on a new role as Glenbrook’s Educational Director.

Michelle treasures the opportunity to get to know the children and their families each year and feels very fortunate to not only teach at Glenbrook, but also to live in the local community with her husband and three children.

Yichun Chou
Super Stars Teacher

It’s my privilege to be the Super Stars teacher. I’ve been a part of the Glenbrook family since 2011, when my son joined the Fantastic Frogs class. The following year my daughter started Glenbrook as a Curious Cat. I enjoyed my experience so much as a cooping parent and board member that I continued on at Glenbrook even after my kids ‘graduated’ to elementary school. I became a sitter in the Sibling Nursery program, then teacher’s aide, substitute teacher and lastly the interim Lunch Bunch teacher.

Joining Glenbrook as a parent and taking on auxiliary roles was the perfect complement and transition to becoming a teacher in 2015. It allowed me to get to know the programs, the philosophy and all the wonderful families.

I am originally from Taiwan where I obtained my undergraduate degree. I came to the US in 2001, where I completed a teacher-training program at Mercer University and earned my master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at California State University Los Angeles. I now live in Bethesda with my husband and two children, both alumni of Glenbrook. I thank you for letting me join your child’s most important learning journey and look forward to each school year ahead.

Alison Peppelman
Busy Bees, Lunch Bunch & Summer Camp

I am fortunate to have been part of the wonderful Glenbrook community since my oldest son began as a Curious Cat in 2010. During this time, I served on the board and was president for several years. After my youngest son “graduated” in 2015, I was pleased to have the opportunity to stay on as the Extended Day (“Lunch Bunch”) teacher, and in 2017 was delighted to become the Busy Bees teacher as well.  Before becoming a stay-at-home mother throughout my boys’ infant-preschool years, I taught Spanish at the Boys’ Latin School and at the Gilman School, both in Baltimore, MD.

I hold a Masters degree in Foreign Languages & Pedagogy (with Highest Honors) from the University of Delaware and a Bachelors degree in Spanish Literature (Cum Laude) from Dickinson College. I enjoy bringing this background into the Busy Bees enrichment program by holding Spanish-language themed Circle Times each week.  I am a strong advocate of Glenbrook’s play-based learning philosophies and Glenbrook’s cooperative approach to learning. My children continue to benefit from the strong social/emotional skills Glenbrook provided, and our entire family values the many lasting friendships we formed as part of the community.