Preschool Teachers Banner Elk Presbyterian Preschool

Our super team of teachers for 2022-23: Mrs. Sarah, Mrs. Erin, Mr, K, Mrs. Britt & Mrs. Lucy

Our Preschool is a ministry of the church under the supervision of the Session. It operates from 9 AM–1 PM Monday through Friday 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. There is a $50 non-refundable fee to register your child and tuition is $300/month.

Enroll now! Email Jarrett Koski for more information, check details below or call the church office at 828-898-5406.

Preschool Staff 2022-23

Jarrett W. Koski: Preschool Director
Mr. K is an alumnus of Lees-McRae College where he obtained his B.F.A. in Musical Theater with an emphasis in Theater Arts Education K-12! Originally from Florida, he came back to Banner Elk after he performed and taught musical theater and dance for 7 years. Mr. K has also been in several Lees-McRae Summer Theatre productions over the years. In his spare time, he enjoys running, reading scripts in addition to singing and dancing almost everything while always working on his craft. His favorite children’s book is “The One and Only Owen” by Nicole Evans Haumesser and his favorite color is green!

Lucy Corning: Three-Year-Old Teacher
Mrs. Lucy moved up the mountains with her husband of 41 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 loves being a part of the Banner Elk Presbyterian Preschool and is 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!

Britt Ammann: Three-Year-Old Teacher
Mrs. Britt is originally from the Raleigh area but moved to Banner Elk in 2011. Britt attended CCC&TI, where she earned her associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Britt and her husband Lee have one daughter, Eastin (6) who has been attending the preschool since she was 2 years old and is now in 1st grade at BE Elementary. On Britt’s free time she likes to run and hike and enjoy taking Eastin to the park. Mrs. Britt enjoys working with children because watching them explore, learn new things and to see their little personalities blossom and shine in their toddler years is so special. Mrs. Britt’s favorite children’s book is “Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney and her favorite color is green.

Sarah Bates: Two-Year-Old Teacher 
Ms. Sarah and her family, originally from California, moved to Banner Elk in 2021. She has three children; Harper, James and Wyatt, who all go to Banner Ellk Elementary together! As a family they love to take the mountain bikes out, go on hikes, travel and have movie nights together! One of Ms. Sarah’s goals when she decided on a career in education was to create an environment for the children to want to learn in and come to everyday! Some of her favorite activities to do with children are arts and crafts. Sarah’s favorite children book series is “Elephant and Piggie” by Mo Williams and her favorite color is pink.

Erin Beretsky: Two-Year-Old Teacher
Mrs. Erin loves living in the mountains. Originally from Concord, NC. Mrs. Erin comes to us with a creative education background with a BA in child development and family relation. And a M.A in marriage and family therapy. She also holds a graduate certificate in expressive arts. She has three beautiful children that currently attend Banner Elk Elementary together. As a family, they love to be together especially at the beach. One of Mrs. Erin’s goals is to continue to be the best teacher that she can be. Her favorite activities include exercising, being outdoors and playing! Her favorite children’s book is “Do Princesses wear hiking boots?” Her favorite color is gray!