Director: Laurie Hedrick

My name is Laurie Hedrick and I am the Director here at FUMC Preschool. I have been married for 33 years and have 2 grown children ages 30 and 27. I have had the privilege of being a part of FUMC preschool since 1996. After spending over 20 years in a classroom teaching infants, 2 year olds, 3 year olds, and 4 year olds, I was excited to expand my role here as Director. Together with a team of amazing and creative teachers, I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.  At FUMC, we know that play is a child’s most important work, and we strive to create and maintain an environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them, while preparing them for their step into kindergarten. Thank you for sharing your precious children with us!

Assistant Director: Katie Hill

My name is Katie Hill and I am the Assistant Director at FUMC Preschool.  It is my goal that each student grow throughout this school year through positive reinforcement and creative learning.  I have worked with children ages 3-18 for over 5 years and am stepping into the Preschool from teaching in Gaston County Schools.  Outside of FUMC Preschool, I am a recreational and competitive dance teacher and barre fitness instructor. I am a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Business Management / Marketing and in my free time, you can find me cheering on the Wolfpack and Carolina Panthers football! On the weekends I enjoy spending time with my husband, son, and our two dogs at local dog parks, new restaurants, and local events and activities.  I am excited to work with each of your children as I welcome my own into the world! 

2019-2020 Teachers

My name is Kim Billings and I’ve been teaching at FUMC Preschool for nearly 20 years.  I have loved working with students in multiple classes and ages but am excited to focus my energy on the 1 year old classes this year.  I graduated from Wingate College and Winthrop College with a degree in Special Education. I am also a member of First United Methodist Church and co teach the two year old Sunday school class.  I am married and have two sons that attended FUMC preschool, both having many fond memories of their experience. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, camping, and doing all types of arts and crafts.

My name is Debbie Kimray and I am excited to work with the 2 year old classes this year.  While I have been with FUMC Preschool for over 20 years, I have been caring for and teaching children throughout my adult life.  I am a native to Mount Holly, North Carolina, attended Mount Holly High School, and am a charter member of Grace Baptist Church. I have been married to my husband, Larry, for 50 years and have a son, daughter-in law, and granddaughter. I have always enjoyed teaching children and strive to provide a Christian based, loving, and safe environment that gives children interesting and fun learning experience that is effective and age appropriate for their overall development.

My name is Debbie Crisp and I will be teaching in the 2 year old classroom this year.  I have been married for 48 years and have 3 grown children who have blessed me with 9 grandchildren.  I have had the pleasure of working for FUMC Preschool for 12 years in the 2 and 3 year old classes. Previously, I worked at Angelcare Daycare and Pinewood Elementary School. As a 30 year member of my church, I have been involved in Sunday school and children’s church programs.  In my free time I enjoy spending quality time with my family and traveling!

My name is Shannon Goad and I have enjoyed working at FUMC Preschool for 11 years.  I have been happily married for over 26 years and have 4 wonderful boys ages ranging in age from 13-26. After high school, I graduated from King’s College and love to spend time my family making memories. I also love to paint and take pictures!  I have been blessed to be able to teach in the 1, 2, and 3 year old classes and am excited to focus my talents on the 2 year olds this fall. There is nothing more rewarding than watching each child grow and teaching them about the love of God.

 

My name is Heather Nixon and I am excited to join the FUMC Preschool team of teachers this year.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education and taught Pre-K at Mulberry Baptist Church for 3 years.  I went on to become a registered nurse and currently work at CMC-Pineville on the weekends but my love of children has brought me back to the classroom!  My husband and I have 2 boys, Shane and Ridge, and I enjoy making memories with them in my freetime. I am excited to be working in the 2 year old classroom and can’t wait to see what the upcoming year holds in store!

My name is Courtney Stratman and I will be co-teaching in the 4 year old classroom.  I am originally from Ohio, where I met and married my husband, Ron. I taught 2nd grade until we moved to Mt. Holly in 2000.  I taught 3rd grade in Mecklenburg County Schools for 3 years until I “retired” in 2003 to raise my children.  My son is now 16 and my daughter is 14; they both attend Piedmont Community Charter School in Gastonia.  For the past eight years, I have taught a Pre-K program in Gaston County. In my free time, I enjoy attending my children’s sporting events, traveling with my family, and playing with our 3 year old dog. 

 My name is Ashley Hicks and I am excited to be co-teaching in the 4 year old classroom.  I am a wife and mother of one beautiful girl, Raegan, and a handsome boy, Zaine. I attended Lenior Rhyne University and have future plans of becoming a Pediatric Oncologist.  Outside of work, my hobbies include playing/teaching fast-pitch softball, working as a freelance makeup artist, and managing a photography business. I have always enjoyed working with children and creative learning; this has brought me into the classroom!  Through kindness, patience and respect for young learners, I plan to be the best caregiver, teacher and friend to all children. 

My name is Heather Hoffman and I am excited to be working with the 3 year olds this fall.  I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before moving to Mount Holly, NC with my family in 2014.  My husband is a Charlotte Firefighter and we have two beautiful daughters, Aubrey and Avery. Previously, I was employed as a paraeducator and worked one-on-one with exceptional children at South Allegheny Elementary School.  Since then, I have worked in a number of customer service roles but am excited to be back in the classroom. In my downtime, I love cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers, spending time with my family, crafting and baking. I’m so excited to work with each child this year!

My name is Ashley Spencer and I will be working with 3 year olds this school year. I have been a member of FUMC Mt. Holly for almost 10 years and am excited to grow my role within the church outreach by being a part of the preschool program.  On Sundays, I keep the nursery and have been doing so for 3 years. In the summer I enjoy working for a Christian non-profit organization where we do complete service projects in over 15 North Carolina counties, including our own. I love working with children and watching them learn and grow while having fun! I can’t wait for the year to begin and to see what God has in store for me!

My name is Berkeley Floyd and I will be teaching in the 3 year old class this school year.  This is my first year with FUMC Preschool Mt. Holly and am so excited about the upcoming year.  I grew up in Charlotte, NC and moved to Mt. Holly 7 years ago when I married my husband, Josh. We have a 4 year old daughter together, Elizabeth, and I have one 13 year old step-daughter, Kaytlyn.  We also have three horses, three dogs, and two cats. In my limited free time, I enjoy gardening, yoga, and college football – go Clemson Tigers! Above all, I love to paint! My weakness is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  After working in the YMCA’s after school program for many years, I decided that working with children was the right path for me and I received my degree in Early Childhood Education in 2013. My mission as your child’s teacher is to provide a loving, safe, and personal learning environment when your child can grow and thrive!

My name is Holly Stokes and I will be working with 4 year olds this year.  I currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband, Eric, of 23 years and our two twin girls, Mallory and Mia.  Our son is a sophomore baseball player at the University of Mount Olive. I attended both Wingate University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where I studied Elementary Education.  I have always enjoyed working with children and make it my mission to ensure that parents are confident that their children are safe and loved under my care. In my free time, you can find me at the ball field watching my kids play, spending time with family and friends, and at church on Sunday mornings.

My name is Brittany Roberts and I will be co-teaching in the 3 year old classroom this year and have so many fun activities planned for our students! I was lucky enough to marry my high school sweetheart, Bobby, and we have been blessed with a son, Trey, who is starting kindergarten this year after completing the 4’s program at FUMC Preschool. .  We are currently expecting our second child in February. We also have a dog named Trixie and enjoy taking her to dog parks in our free time. I am one of 5 siblings and have 7 nieces and nephews. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, cooking, and, of course, spending time with my family. It has always been a goal of mine to work with children and am thankful that I get to do something I love every day.  Every second I am at work is a blessing and every child holds a special place in my heart. I am so grateful to be a part of their learning and development!

My name is Laura Ward and I cannot wait to work with the 1 year old’s this year!  I have a background in early childhood development and elementary education with a degree in Elementary Education from UNC Greensboro.  I have a 3 year old son, Jeremiah, who is also a student at FUMC Preschool! In my freetime I like spending time with my husband, son and our dog.  I believe that every student has unique strength and opportunities for improvement and, as teachers, it is our job to learn those unique things and help students grow and thrive.  It is my goal to provide a safe, loving, exciting, and appropriately challenging environment for every student. 

My name is Lori Steward and while I have never had children of my own, I have always loved taking care of children.  Throughout school I routinely babysat and enjoy taking care of my nephew and other family members and I believe that all children are a special gift from God!  I joined FUMC Preschool in the 2018-2019 school year; prior to this I worked in an orthodontic office for 35 years. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, Bob, reading and working on word searches and jigsaw puzzles, and completing adult coloring books.  I am so excited to teach each child and help prepare them for the future! 

My name is Katie Love and I am so excited to join the FUMC Preschool team again!  I’ve been married to my husband for 12 years and together we have 3 wonderful little boys that range from middle school, elementary, and preschool ages. I’m returning to FUMC preschool after a year off with my baby and am happy that he will be in the 1 year old class this fall.  I started my education in nursing in 2004 but in 2009 I realized God was pulling my heart to work with small children. I now have my certificate in early childhood development and have been working in childcare for 10 years. Outside of preschool I enjoy family time and making lasting memories with my kids.

My name is Haven Suttle and I am excited to join the staff at FUMC Preschool. I am married to Gregory Suttle and we have 4 terrific kids, Ava (9), Reese Ann (4), Griffin (3) and Charleston (3 months).  I have worked in banking for 13 years but have recently felt that I my heart was being pulled in another direction. My children are the primary reason that I wanted a change in careers; so that I could spend more time with them while they are young. I am a born and bread Clemson Tiger fan and raise my children to do the same! I am excited about starting this new adventure with you and your children. I know we are going to have a great year of learning and fun!