Marian Carnes
Director

A native of Sumter, Marian has been a life long member of First Pres Church. She has been the Preschool Director for the past 18 years and has over 32 years of experience in education. Marian loves interacting with the staff, children, and parents and feels so blessed to be a part of this wonderful program. 

Brittony Aycock
Four Year Old Class Assistant

Brittony has been serving preschoolers for seven years and enjoys enriching their lives.  When not at First Pres Preschool she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.  

Taylor Barnett
Toddler Class Assistant

While this is Taylor’s first year at First Pres, she has several years of experience with children.   She is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Development.  When not studying, she enjoys babysitting and spending time with her family. 

Renee Bartlett
Three Year Old Class Assistant

Renee has served as a teacher and assistant as well as serving in many capacities for over 11 years. A proud mother of three wonderful boys, she can mostly be found on the soccer or football fields.  She loves being a part of the First Pres Preschool family and watching the children grow and learn.

Ashley Blum
Music & Movement/Bible Teacher

With over 15 years of experience working with and teaching elementary and preschool children, Ashley is in her second year as our Music/Movement and Bible teacher.  She enjoys spending time with family, traveling and reading. 

Cindy Brown
Two Year Old Class Assistant

Cindy has 16 years of experience working with children and delights in seeing them learn and grow. She loves her two year old class.   When not working, she enjoys traveling. 

Stephanie Heath
Kindergarten Class Assistant

Stephanie has been teaching for five years.  She is married to Jim Heath and they have two children Mary Copeland (22) who is working in Atlanta and Taylor (19) a student at Clemson.  Stephanie enjoys yoga and spending time with her family. 

Samantha Hodge
Two Year Old Class Teacher

Samantha has been teaching/assisting for three years and enjoys seeing the two year olds blossom in class. She loves  spending time with her family and any activity near water. 

Kathryn ‘Kat’ Johnson
Three Year Old Class Teacher

With four years teaching, Kat loves working with the threes. They are such a great age and lots of fun. She loves to spend time with her wonderful family. 

Deane Lotts
Three Year Old Class Teacher

Deane has two years of teaching experience at First Pres and currently teaches a three year old class. She has over 25 years of experience as a speech therapist and preschool teacher. When not in school, she loves to spend time with her grandson.

Sondra Lowery
Four Year Old Class Teacher

Sondra has 12 years of teaching experience. She enjoys every aspect of working with the children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach. 

Ashley Lyons
Toddler Class Teacher

Ashley has three years of experience with the Toddlers.  She is the wife of a Sumter fireman and has three children. When she is not busy with travel soccer and gymnastics, she and her husband enjoy a trip to the beach or the mountains.

Lisa McClun
Two Year Old Class Teacher

Lisa has been teaching for 18 years at First Pres Preschool and even attended here as a child.   She loves to see her preschoolers grow and learn.  Lisa also can be found reading when not busy with school.

Mary Moser
Kindergarten Class Teacher

Mary has nine years of experience teaching, this being her first year at First Pres Preschool, where her children attend as well. She is married to Hubert Moser and they have McKinela and Braxton. With her free time she loves to go on the boat or to the beach and spend time with her family.  She is also a huge football fan. 

Sallie Stafford
Three Year Old Class Assistant

Sallie has over 23 years of experience as a preschool assistant and loves watching the children learn and grow. A native of Sumter, she attends First Pres Church as well. She loves walking, spending time with her grandkids and going to the beach. Any time she can get to spend with family and friends is a blessing.