Orchard Park Co-Op

High quality cooperative community education

About Us

The Orchard Park Co-operative Preschool has been offering high quality education for generations of children in our community. The cornerstone of our school is providing young children with a wealth of academic, physical, and social learning experiences that are appropriate for their stage of development. Because so much of a young child’s knowledge is acquired through exploration and play, our program emphasizes interesting activities that promote learning, curiosity, and self-confidence. Our students enter kindergarten with an eagerness to learn as well as a sound understanding of emerging math and reading skills.

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Questions can be directed as follows:

For general school questions and concerns or to set up a virtual tour- contact Susie Kapaun: director@opcoop.com

For Registration questions- please email Registration@opcoop.com

Our teachers

All of our teachers are experienced early childhood specialists with bachelor and master degrees. They bring to the Co-op high expectations for student growth within a culture of respect and nurturing. Every day is planned to provide the children with opportunities to practice sharing and caring, learn about the world around them, develop reading and math skills, and express themselves through the joys of art and music. Co-op parents consistently praise our program for its strong educational curriculum within an atmosphere that makes their children eager to come to school every day.

Susie Kapaun

Education Director & Four Plus Class

Mrs. Kapaun has degrees in both Speech Pathology and Elementary Education. Susie has taught kindergarten, first, and second grades for 13 years in Colorado prior to moving to New York. While in Colorado, she was also a freelance writer for Mailbox Magazine, a publication of ideas for classroom teachers. She started working at the Co-op in 2000 and has taught in both the three year old and four plus programs. Susie is currently co-teaching the Four-Plus Program with Jen Coyle. Susie is the mother of three boys and an active volunteer in the Orchard Park community.

Sally Stephen

Four Year Old Class

Mrs. Sally Stephen holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.S. in early childhood education from Fredonia State College. She joined the Co-op in 2005 and teachers one of our Four-Year-Old classes. Previously, she taught kindergarten for 18 years in area schools including Sweet Home and Alden. As a kindergarten teacher, Sally conducted a math workshop for teachers, managed the kindergarten screen program, and ran a summer program for entering kindergartners. She took a leave to raise her two children who now attend Orchard Park.

Cindy Wiencek

Three Year Old Class

Mrs. Cindy Wiencek earned her B.S. degree in Early Childhood Development from Buffalo State College. Prior to teaching at the Co-op, Cindy taught pre-kindergarten and kindergarten in both Buffalo and Hamburg. She is in her eighteenth year at the Co-op. Cindy teaches one of our three year old classes and is director of Camp Lunch Bunch. She enjoys cooking inside and outside of class. She also enjoys children’s literature and has an extensive collection of children’s books.

Jen Coyle

Four Plus Class

Mrs. Jen Coyle earned a M.A. in Secondary Education Mathematics from Hunter College in NYC after earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University at Buffalo. Her previous professional experience includes teaching Seventh and Eighth Grade Mathematics for the New York City Board of Education for 5 years before taking time off to raise her family. After moving to Orchard Park, Jennifer’s involvement at the Co-op began as a parent while her three children attended. During those years, she held various positions on the Board including Treasurer and President. Previously Jen taught one of our three year old classes. This year she is co-teaching our Four-plus class.

Stacie Cramer

Four Year Old Class

Mrs. Stacie Cramer holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from St. Bonaventure University. Additionally, she earned an M.S. in Reading from the University At Albany. She spent four years teaching first grade in both the Southern Tier and later in Westfield, NJ. Upon relocating to Orchard Park, she took a leave to raise her three children who now attend school in Orchard Park. Staci is actively involved in the Ellicott Elementary PTO and also volunteers as a religion teacher for a local church’s faith formation program. This is her #rd year as a teacher for the 4 year old program.

Jonelle Smith

Three Year Old Class

Mrs. Jonelle Smith holds a B.S. in Paralegal Studies from Hilbert College and a M.S. in Elementary Education from Medaille College. She spent two years subbing in the Orchard Park and Hamburg School Districts before taking time off to stay home with her two children. From 2012-2016, she served on the Board of Directors (2013-2016 as President) for the Co-op while her children were students at the preschool. Currently, she serves as a PTO Officer at Windom Elementary. This is her thirdyear as a three year old teacher.

Andrea Moldenhauer

Three Year Old Class

Mrs. Andrea Moldenhauer earned her B.A. degree in Childhood Education from Canisius College, and a M.S. degree in Special Education from Medaille College. In addition, she holds two extension certificates in Early Childhood Education and Middle School Special education. Prior to teaching at the Co-op, Andrea was a fourth and fifth grade looping teacher in Lewiston-Porter Central School District. For the past six years, Andrea has been raising her three children in East Aurora. Andrea is no stranger to the Co-op. Her two sons went through the program, and currently her daughter is a student in one of the other Three Year Old Classrooms.

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Contact Us



4369 S Buffalo St,

Orchard Park, NY 14127

If you have any questions please feel free to email us.
For registration questions please email registration@opcoop.com
Take a look in our frequently asked questions section.