BEPC 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 2018-2019
(From Left: Ms. Catie, Ms. Martie, Ms. Kerri, Ms. Lucy & Ms. AC)
AC Marriott: Preschool Director and Three Year-Old Lead Teacher
Ms. 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 husband of 7 years moved their family to Banner Elk in 2016 and absolutely love the mountains. Besides teaching and playing tennis AC loves spending time with her daughter Katariina, 6 years old and her two step children Cooper, 18, and Mimi, 16. 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”.
Kerri Ledford: Four Year-Old Lead Teacher
Ms. Kerri grew up on an apple farm here in Banner Elk. She and her mom moved away from Banner Elk, but Kerri returned to the high country to attend Appalachian State University where she received her Masters Degree in Human Services. She and her husband have been married for 8 years and have 3 children. She loves Jesus, coffee, working outside and going on adventures with her kids. Kerri is President of the PTO at the local elementary school and spends a lot of time volunteering with the children there and is excited about joining our preschool team. “My own children went here, and I am really looking forward to being part of this great program.” Kerri’s favorite colors are green and purple. However, this may fluctuate with the change in seasons. Kerri is also a professional photographer; we know this first hand as she takes the pictures of our children here at BEPC.
Lucy Corning: Three Year-Old Teacher Assistant
Ms. Lucy moved up the mountains with her husband of 38 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!
Martie Dodd: Two Year-Old Teacher
Ms. Martie was born in England. Martie’s parents both served in the military which necessitated relocating homes often while growing up. It was in 2005 that she and her husband made the high country “home”. Martie and her husband have three children; Zach 15, Luna 10 and Ion 6. While raising her children and becoming more involved with children’s groups such as the Scouts, a passion and desire to work with children became a goal. “The best part of working with children is to see the light in their eyes when they learn something new.” Martie’s favorite children’s book is “The Talking Eggs” by Robert D. San Souci. Martie’s favorite color is blue and every tone of it.
Catie Gaddy: Two Year-Old Teacher
Ms. Catie has lived in the High County since she was a small child and is now a recent graduate from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. She plans to go back within the next few years and receive her Master’s in Social Work. Ms. Catie started working with children in a summer camp setting and is currently an assistant after school teacher at Banner Elk Elementary school. She has two wonderful dogs, Gus and Milo, and enjoys being outdoors in nature with them. Her favorite book is “The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush” which her mother used to read to her as a child. Her passions in life are volunteering and working with children. Ms. Catie’s favorite color is maroon and she believes God’s purpose for her is to teach children and help better their lives!