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 19 years and has over 33 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 Teacher

Brittony has been serving preschoolers for eight 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 Teacher

While this is Taylor’s second year at First Pres, she has several years of experience with children. 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 12 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 16 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 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. 

Stephanie Heath
Four Year Old Class Teacher

Stephanie has been teaching for six 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. 

Samantha Hodge
Two Year Old Class Teacher

Samantha has been teaching/assisting for four 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 five 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 three 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 19 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
Four Year Old Class Teacher

Mary has ten years of experience teaching, this being her second year at First Pres Preschool, 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. 

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. 

Marguerite Helms
Two Year Old Class Assistant

Marguerite loves children and has enjoyed assisting for 19 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! 

Grace Bethea
Three Day Toddler Assistant

Grace works with our youngest group of children, the toddler's class, 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.

Nancyhayes Owens
Three Year Old Class Assistant

Nancyhayes is enjoying her first year at First Pres. working with our three-day three year olds. She is married to Ansel and they have a son, Pruitt, and a baby girl on the way!