Preschool hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm.
This ministry of the church under the supervision of the Session is a part day program for 2 to 4 year old children. It operates from 9am to 1pm Monday through Thursday for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. The goal of the program is to promote growth in the areas of physical, social, educational, and spiritual development. For more information check out this web page, see us on Facebook, or call the church office at 828-898-5406.
Preschool Staff 2017-2018
AC Marriott: Preschool Director and Three Year Old Lead Teacher
Ann-Charlott is originally from Gothenburg, Sweden. “AC” came to the America after receiving a full tennis scholarship to play NCAA Division I tennis at High Point University located in High Point, NC. After only 5 years she was awarded 4 Big South All-Academic Honors, Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree from HPU. AC came to us from The Goddard School in Mooresville, NC where she was the Lead After School Teacher and Assistant Teacher in the pre-k classroom. While at Goddard she received several early childhood trainings and earned multiple certificates for her teaching. AC and her family moved to Banner Elk as her husband Don is the Men’s and Women’s Head Tennis Coach at Lees-McRae College. Besides teaching and playing tennis AC loves spending time with her daughter Katariina 4 years old and her two step children Cooper 15, and Mimi 14. AC’s favorite color is purple and one of her favorite children’s books is “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown. AC’s passion for teaching has always been strong “being able to be a positive role model and present the children with a safe educational environment means the world to me”.
Jessica Stokes: Four Year Old Lead Teacher
Ms. Jessica grew up in North Carolina and attended Banner Elk’s local college Lees-McRae, where she studied education. Prior to being at our school Ms. Jessica taught Kindergarten in Phoenix, Arizona and Kindergarten and 2nd Grade in Miami Beach, Florida. Early Childhood Education is her passion. In her spare time, Ms. Jessica loves to pick flowers and go on long walks with her son Bear. Jessica and her husband Matt spend their leisure time with Bear exploring and enjoying the beautiful mountain life up on Beech Mountain. Her favorite children’s book is The Day the Crayons Came Home, By Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. The book is the sequel to The Day the Crayons Quit, by the same authors and not to be missed. The Day the Crayons Came Home is a colorful and funny picture book full of kid-like drawings. Crayons are a symbolism of childhood and Ms. Jessica believes that everyone will laugh and love this story for years to come.
Lucy Corning: Three and Four Year Old Teacher Assistant
Ms. Lucy moved up the mountains with her husband of 37 years after he took a job in the golf industry. They have four wonderful married children and are blessed with five grandchildren. Those grandchildren are their pride and joy! Lucy started teaching preschool in Jacksonville Florida where she attended school and eventually met and married her Navy husband. Being a military wife she has moved a “few” times which gave her the opportunity to meet many new friends along the way. In addition to teaching preschool Lucy has a passion for water fitness. She has coached many swim teams in her career and taught both the young and old to swim. Lucy is excited to be a part of the Banner Elk Presbyterian Preschool and is going to be a great addition to the team. She loves to sing and talk in rhymes. Teaching children and loving Jesus all the time! Lucy loves all shades of purple and has many favorite books, but acting out “Pete The Cat I Love My White Shoes” is at the top!
Tiffiny Ledford: Two Year Old Lead Teacher
Ms. Tiffiny has been married for 16 years and have 3 amazing boys and 1 sweet little girl. She has lived in the High Country for 24 years and calls this beautiful place home. Her family loves this community and the wonderful people in it. Tiffiny and her family are members at Banner Elk Christian Fellowship. Her favorite colors are tiffany blue and pink. Tiffiny’s favorite books when she was little was “The Tales of Uncle Remus” “The Adventures of Brer Rabbit”; her grandmother would read them to her every night at her house. Tiffiny believes children are the greatest gift that God has given us as she learns something new from them every day.
Vicky Pipes: Two Year Old Teacher Assistant
Ms. Vicky was born and raised in Asheboro, NC. She attended Lees-McRae College for 2 years and then transferred to Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC where she studied Early Childhood Education. Vicky worked for Harbour Oaks Montessori School in Georgia for 4 years. Vicky perceives children as tiny sponges being able to soak up all kinds of knowledge and material. Vicky loves to watch our children learn, grow and start applying their new found knowledge to their everyday life. Some of her favorite things to do are to read, cook and go hiking. Vicky has many favorite children’s books but the one that sticks out the most is the “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss; she likes that it teaches children to appreciate and take care of nature.