Impacting Lives for Eternity...

Luke 18:16

Our Mt. Olive Preschool's Mission:
 To Provide a Christian atmosphere that will impact young lives with God's love while guiding their growth physically, emotionally, socially, cognitively and spiritually in preparation for their life and learning.


MT. OLIVE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PRESCHOOL:
Impacting Lives for Eternity...
by providing a Christian atmosphere that impacts young lives with God's love
while growing physically, emotionally, socially, cognitively and spiritually! 


Four areas of focus and measurement

provide high quality programming to families while meeting state requirements.

Implementing a planned curriculum that addresses the stages of child development:

Our educational planning references Creative Curriculum, which uses children's wonder and inquisitiveness in the learning process.  Lessons are developed with children's interest in God's world by using play and choice making to grow critical thinking skills, problem solving and discovery.   Additionally, we are adding a Godly Play Room,  which is a storytelling curriculum tapping into a child's sense of wonder and awe about God, the world around us, and each of our places in it. 
Preschool and church staff work together to ensure positive introductions to God's love and learning!

Demonstrating professional growth of staff in excess of licensing requirements:

Each teacher and aide participates in additional professional training annually including CPR, blood borne pathogens and  State safety regulations.  Teachers and aides also complete at least 20 hours of additional training ensuring that staff stay up to date on educational practices and provide the highest quality learning to families in the program. 

Establishing a strategic plan:

The yearly parent surveys and conversations with staff help the Preschool Council to make our programming meaningful for the community.  This included becoming a Paths to Quality Level 3 Preschool, so families can use CCDF vouchers, On My Way Mini-grants and church scholarships.  These are  open to families to provide the highest quality preschool at prices that are not beyond parent's ability to pay.

Facilitating family and staff input into the program:

The cooperation of parents and staff are the backbone of the program!  It is through the talent and gifts families share with us, conversations about learning expectations, and planned collaborations between the staff and parents that improvements are made to programming.  Annual parent surveys, parents involvement in fundraising events, and participation in positions open on the Mt. Olive Preschool Council (the governing body of the preschool) maintains and ensures high quality programming standards relevant for today 's learners in our community.

Operates Weekly from August to May 

8:30-11:30

Two's classes : T & W 8:30-11:30
Three's classes: T, W & Th 8:30-11:30
Four's & Young 5's: M, T, W, Th 8:30-11:30

8:30-3:30

Two's classes-none available
Three's classes- full day options T, W, & Th
Four's & Young 5's classes-full day options  M, T, W, Th

Contact Us

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Meet Our Preschool Team 

DeShawn Wert

Preschool Director
Works with families to coordinate services and leads the preschool team.  DeShawn makes sure requirements are met for PTQ3 , On My Way PreK and CCDF paperwork has t's crossed and i's dotted.  Also known  for her uncanny ability to find the most boring TV shows, ever!

Peg Hosier

Bookkeeper/Preschool Assistant
Welcomes families and coordinates payments with the church treasurer. Answers questions and  REALLY knows what's going on in the preschool!  Known for her ability to find the best family vacation hideaways in
Pigeon Forge, TN in a moments notice! 

Stephanie Millspaugh

4's Class Lead Teacher for Extended Day
Licensed teacher and  outdoor scientist extraordinaire!  Has taught  in public and private schools for over 25 years. Known for her  loyalty, warm heart, and  big laugh!

Laurie Rickel 

4's Lead teacher for Mornings
Licensed teacher and world  traveling vagabond!  Laurie loves serving others in the mission field and speaks Spanish fluently.  Also known for her awesome  gardening and crafting skills. 

Linda Pendleton

Lead Teacher 3's  Class Extended Day
Work's with children to grow in God's love and  strength. Has been known to root for the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, and Kansas University Jayhawks from time to time!

Sarah Smoker

Class Aide
Works with children and families in the preschool and is known for her resourcefulness! Sarah is a committed mom and trusted friend.  Known for her quiet strength and  getting things done behind the scenes,  she's awesome in so many ways!

Irina Waiman

Lead Teacher 2's Class Morning
Licensed elementary teacher and loving  mom and wife! A bilingual  speaker, fluent in Spanish and English. Has mad crafting skills and loves to decorate her home with children's art!

Max

Mascot
Max is our comforter extraordinaire...he's potty trained, got his shots and passed obedience school with flying colors!! He gives great hugs and makes preschool  days happier! 

Donna Barton 

Class Aide 
Grandma, Mom and Retired Pastor's Wife...Donna is creative and loving! Never boring, she as been known to make staff  cry  with laughter sharing her crazy, but true tales of everyday life!

Stephanie  Riebe

Director of Family Ministries
Miss Steph helps leads spiritual growth opportunities at Mt, Olive Preschool as a Mt. Olive UMC church staff member, Director of Family Ministries. Steph is always available to any preschool family who needs support, prayer and encouragement. Connect with her at stephr@mtoliveumc.com

Jennie Brooks

Class Aide
Licensed teacher and mom extraordinaire! An all-around utility player and  super great egg.  She has been known to break out in dance parties  in the kitchen!