Preschool staff members are hired based on education, experience and philosophy about teaching young children. Lead teachers plan curriculum and develop the classroom program to reflect the school’s philosophy and meet the developmental needs of the children. Assistant teachers team with the lead teacher to provide guidance and assistance to the children. All staff members engage in continuing education opportunities throughout the year. Presbyterian Preschool currently has 4 master teachers on staff.
Director: Dana Brown
Dana graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood. She received a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in reading. Dana taught in public school for 22 years and while there, received her National Board Certification, and re-certified, as an Early Childhood Generalist. Dana joined Presbyterian Preschool as the director in 2012. She is a platinum level director.
Ladybug Class (1 year olds) - Lead Teacher (M/W/F): Dayle Winslow
Presbyterian Preschool is happy to welcome Dayle. She has a degree from Oklahoma State University in Elementary Education and has taught for 7 years in public schools. She is the parent of three children. Dayle started teaching at Presbyterian Preschool in 2020.
Floater (M/W/F): Stacy Baker
Stacy joined our staff in 2017 as an assistant in the Ladybug Room. She is a mother of three and has served in several roles with children in her church. Stacy has a lifelong passion for working with children.
Ladybug Class (1 year olds) - Lead Teacher T/Th: Brooke Ketch
Presbyterian Preschool is happy to have Brooke join our teaching staff. She is a certified early childhood/elementary education public school teacher. Brooke taught several years before she decided to stay home with her two young boys!
Cricket Class (2 year olds) - Lead Teacher: Erin Lawson
Erin Lawson started teaching at our school in August of 2017. She is working on a degree in early childhood/special education. Erin brings a wide variety of experience to us. She has worked as a nanny, a special education teaching assistant, a kindergarten teaching assistant and a lead teacher in a different preschool. She has one son.
Floater (T/Th): Samantha Beckstrom
Samantha Beckstrom joined our teaching in August of 2021. She previously taught in public schools for three years and worked in school operations for five years. Sam is the mother of two young children and we are thrilled to have her on our staff.
Ducky Class (young 3’s) - Lead Teacher: Amanda Sanders-Vann
We were happy to have Amanda join our staff in 2014. She is a mother of one and has a Bachelor of Science in Human and Family Sciences- Child Development. She is a Master Teacher coming to us with 9 years of experience as a preschool teacher.
Ducky Class (young 3’s) - Teaching Assistant: Kylee Painter
We are so excited to have Kylee join us at preschool in 2021. She has a degree in Human Development and Family Science in Child and Family Services. Kylee has most recently been at home with her two young children.
Floater: Cathy Meberg
In 2010, Cathy joined the staff at Presbyterian Preschool as a teaching assistant. She has a degree in elementary education and special education and taught in public schools.
Froggy Class (older 3’s) - Lead Teacher: Carmen Fox
Carmen joined our staff in January of 2017. Carmen has her CDA and is a master teacher. She is currently a student at OSU taking early childhood classes. Carmen has years and years of experience working with children in many different settings, from baby sitting, to being a nanny to substitute teaching in the public school system.
Froggy Class (older 3's) - Teaching Assistant: Jem Tinnin
Presbyterian Preschool welcomes Jem Tinnin to our staff in the fall of 2022. Jem has worked as a pediatric dental assistant in several offices over her years. She has recently been home with her two boys. Jem is bringing great enthusiasm to working with young children at our school!
Floater: Mandy Pace
Our school has the pleasure of having Mandy join our staff in August of 2021. She is the mother of four children and has been home with them since the first one was born. Mandy volunteers with children at her church and loves it!
Honeybee Class (4-5 year old’s) - Lead Teacher: Autumn Cagle
Autumn re-joins our staff in 2020 after two years being home with her 3 young boys. She is a master teacher, previously worked here from 2013-2018 and before that she taught 8 years of Kindergarten in public schools Autumn has a degree from Oklahoma State University in Early Childhood Education.
Cricket Class (2 year olds) - Teaching Assistant: Chasity Cassel
We are fortunate to have Chasity join us in August of 2020 as the assistant teacher in the honeybee room. She has two young boys of her own. Chasity is a certified public school teacher and taught for four years before staying home with her children. She also volunteers at her church with children.
Ladybug Class (1 year olds) - Assistant: Kate Wells
Kate joins our staff in the fall of 2022 and we are thrilled to have her. She is a certified public school teacher who taught middle school English before staying home with her own three kids. Kate has had a young child at our school for two years and decided to join us as a teacher. We are so happy!
Honeybee Class (4-5 year old’s) - Assistant: Kristi Riley
We are thrilled to have Kristi join our teaching staff. She has a degree in marketing and has been at home with her two children for 18 years! She has a daughter going off to college and a son starting at the high school! Kristi is so happy to join us because she loves kids!