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 20 years and has over 34 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. 

Kristin Atkinson
Two year Old Assistant

A Clemson graduate and mother of 3 boys, Kristin loves spending time with her family outside, at the lake, or on the beach. She enjoys traveling, Clemson football and spending time with friends. Kristin is looking forward to assisting and being a part of First Pres staff. 

Taylor Barnett
Toddler Class Teacher

While this is Taylor’s third year at First Pres, she has several years of experience with children. She enjoys babysitting and spending time with her family. 

Grace Bethea
Four Year Old Class Assistant

Grace assists Brenda Migliori, and helps out with our Lunch Bunch program. She is pursuing an early childhood development degree. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Cindy Brown
Two Year Old Class Assistant

Cindy has over 17 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. 

Tracey Cool
Toddler Class Assistant

Tracey is married to Tyler and they have 2 sons, Bryce and Alex. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially at the beach. Tracey is happy to be taking care of our youngest group and watching them learn and grow. 

Stephanie Heath
Four Year Old Class Teacher

Stephanie has been teaching for seven years.  She is married to Jim Heath and they have two children Mary Copeland and Taylor.  Stephanie enjoys yoga and spending time with her family. 

Marguerite Helms
Kindergarten Assistant

Marguerite loves children and has enjoyed assisting for 20 years! She is married to Jimmy and they have one daughter, Katherine. Living on a farm with lots of animals keep her busy when not at school! 

Samantha Hodge
Two Year Old Class Teacher

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

Jill Horton
Three Year Old Class Teacher

Jill Horton comes to First Pres with 6 years experience assisting kindergarteners at Alice Drive Elementary. She enjoys walking, crafting and painting. Welcome Jill!

Deane Lotts
Three Year Old Class Teacher

Deane has four years of teaching experience at First Pres and currently teaches a three year old class. She has over 26 years of experience as a speech therapist and preschool teacher. When not in school, she loves to spend time with her grandson.

Lisa McClun
Two Year Old Class Teacher

Lisa has been teaching for 20 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.

Brenda Migliori
Four Year Old Class Teacher

Brenda is married to Mitch and has 3 adult children. She enjoys spending time at the beach, walking with her 2 dogs and gardening. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and 8 years of teaching experience, Brenda is very excited to have joined the First Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten family!

Mary Moser
Kindergarten Teacher

Mary has eleven years of experience teaching, this being her third year at First Pres Preschool and Kindergarten, where her children attend as well. She is married to Hubert Moser and they have McKinlea 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. 

Tonya Shaw
Four Year Old Class Assistant

Married for 27 years to Frank, they have 2 girls in college. Tonya has 8 years experience working with children. She loves children and is excited to be assisting in the threes!

Sallie Stafford
Four Year Old Class Assistant

Sallie has over 24 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.