Welcome to the Strafford Learning Center Preschool Education Program (PEP) operated for the Oyster River School District. PEP is an integrated program providing related services such as speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy within the context of a developmentally appropriate preschool program. PEP runs M-Th morning classes (10:15-10:45) for 3 year old students, and M-Th afternoon classes (12:00-2:30) for 4 year old students.

In September 2010, PEP was relocated to Oyster River High School with two classrooms and a dedicated preschool bathroom located off one of the rooms. A playground specifically designed for preschool aged students was constructed with the help of volunteers from the community in the fall of 2010.


The primary purpose of PEP is to provide a special education program for those student of ages 3-5 who have been determined in need of such a program through the special education process. In addition, some children from the community are enrolled in the program for a fee. If you are interested in more information about the enrollment process, please contact Laurie Grant, Program Director, at (603)389-3695.


The PEP program utilizes the Creative Curriculum System for Preschool, 5th Edition© as a foundation for curriculum decisions. The Creative Curriculum System is a research based curriculum which integrates all areas of development into center based learning experiences. The Creative Curriculum© is used across the country in both regular education and special education programs. In addition, elements of Eureka Math©, PBIS©, Lively Letters© and Social Thinking© are also incorporated into our work with young children.


Laurie Grant, M.Ed.
Program Director
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Laurie has served as the Program Director since 2003. She received her BA in Early Childhood Education from UMASS/Amherst and her Masters in Early Childhood Education/Special Needs from UNH. Laurie has worked with young children for over twenty years. She feels very fortunate to work with such a dedicated staff of professionals and within a community that values education.

Other interests include spending time with her family, reading, and watching her favorite local sports teams. She is currently on a quest with a friend to hike the NH 4000 footers.

Liz Collopy, M.Ed.
PEP Teacher
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Liz has a Master’s degree in early childhood special education from UNH, as well as degrees in Counseling and Anthropology. She has 20 years experience working with young children. She worked as a preschool special educator in Concord, NH for 3 years before moving to Strafford Learning Center. She lives in Barrington with her husband and young son, with another baby on the way in April of 2020. She enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and spending time with her family.

Karen Schidlovsky, BSEd., BCABA
PEP Teacher
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Karen is an early childhood special education teacher and a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst. She has worked as a special educator for 21 years and has been part of the PEP team for 16 years. She graduated from Keene State College and received her training in Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University. Karen has lived in Durham for 30 years and is married with 3 grown boys. She enjoys numerous outdoor activities, volunteers in the community and also loves reading and spending time with friends and family.

Amber Goolbis, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist
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Amber was first impressed by PEP when her son attended the program 7 years ago, She was thrilled to be able to join the team in a professional capacity in 2018. Amber earned a BA in interpersonal communication from Tulane University and went on to pursue her MS in communication sciences and disorders at UNH. For 15 years, she has provided speech, language, and swallowing services to a variety of populations, but feels she has found her niche in the preschool setting. When she’s not addressing the communication needs of young people, Amber might be found working in her gardens, cooking a delightful meal or exploring Casco Bay with her family on their boat. 

Bev Lagueux, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
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Beverly graduated from the University of New England with her Masters in Occupational Therapy. She has been practicing for the past 7 years in the rehab setting, working with the geriatric population. She started working part time with Strafford Learning Center 5 years ago in both a local middle school and high school. The following year she joined the PEP team and became full time with SLC. This year Beverly is working at the PEP program and at the Oyster River Middle School.

In her spare time when she is not working or remodeling her house with her husband, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves to be outdoors, especially at the beach or in her garden. Additionally, she enjoys cooking and crafts.

Davyanne Moriarty
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Davyanne has been a fan of PEP for over 20 years. All three of her sons were students in the program. She has been a paraprofessional for 6 years on a full time basis after subbing for several years. Davyanne also works at her family’s greenhouses and can be found at many local Farmers’ Markets.

Stacey Brooks
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Stacey is the proud parent of 2 PEP alums (now a Senior and a Freshman), and was excited to join the staff 3 years ago. She is a graduate of Simmons College. Stacey was a participant in the Institute of Disabilities Leadership Series (class of 2004) and a 2016 NH LEND trainee. When Stacey is not driving her children “all over the place” she enjoys reading, gardening and knitting.