Meet our nurturing, faith-based educators!
Meet our nurturing, faith-based educators!
Our staff family believes in loving children, families and colleagues as Jesus loved us, providing the soil in which each learner can grow.
Our team believes in the power of encouragement and active learning. We look forward to actively engaging and guiding each child through their own unique learning experiences. Our goal is to help children build skills for later success in school and in life.
Our lead teachers and administrators have at least a bachelor’s degree with previous experience in early childhood education. We bring out the best in each child and in each other as we collaborate on lessons, strategies and creative teaching moments. We are a family ministry.
Our team is intentional in our planning and interactions with each child, infusing contagious joy and natural wonder into each learning experience.
Mandy joins the Early Learning Center with over sixteen years of experience as a preschool and kindergarten teacher at Bridges (also NAEYC accredited) and Covenant Christian School. With a B.S. in Hospitality Management, as well as a Masters in Education from Bethel College/IUSB, Mandy is passionate about shaping the development of young children in their early childhood years. Most recently, she worked as a preschool director, employing best practices to create an incredible learning environment that nurtures and supports young children. With a warm and magnetic personality, Mandy is excited to lead the Early Learning Center starting in the fall of 2018. She attends Granger Community Church with her husband Russ and her daughters Kaylah and Kenzie. Mandy and Russ are empty-nesters!
Olivia graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in painting from Herron School of Art & Design at IUPUI. She has always had a passion for art and painting, and has fallen in love with sharing her passion with a new generation of budding artists. She loves the creativity, wonder and joyful spirit with which children at the Early Learning Center approach their art.
Stefanie has a degree from IU and is HighScope certified. She’s taught preschool for five years and loves every minute of it. She loves having the opportunity to enrich young minds through play and mindful experiences. She and her husband have been married for 14 years and have two sons.
Erin has worked with children in various capacities throughout her life, including being a foster parent for many years. Her son Michael is the light of her life! In her free time, Erin enjoys working out, eating healthy and going to car shows with her son.
With a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood, Nicole has taught kindergarten, most recently in the South Bend Community School Corporation. She loves to work with young children and watch them grow to love learning, too! In her free time, you’ll find her being active outside and exploring nature.
Holly has her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Bob Jones University, and is also HighScope trained through Ivy Tech. She’s worked with young children for years, including directing a NAEYC accredited, HighScope early childhood center and teaching kindergarten in a public school setting. Her passion is creating a warm and inviting environment for children to explore and discover in a developmentally appropriate setting. Holly and her husband Ryan have a son, Lucas and three dogs.
Casey graduated from Bethel College with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She has been a volunteer in children’s ministry for over 10 years and has over three years experience as a nanny.
Kathy has a degree in education and has taught kindergarten, first grade and third grade for 30 years. She loves being able to teach children about Jesus. She and her husband Dan of 28 years have a daughter and a son. In her free time, you’ll find her baking out of her home and making wedding cakes and desserts!
With a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Valparaiso University, Mitzi loves working with children. She’s married to Jim and they have three adult children who are all graduates of Indiana University, so she’s become a Hoosiers fan, but still cheers for the Crusaders. In her free time, Mitzi enjoys playing tennis, reading inspirational books, being in nature and is a huge dog lover.
Jessica grew up working with kids in her mom’s in-home daycare. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Central Michigan University, and has two young children—her son, Cooper and daughter, Penelope. She loves to read and watch Notre Dame football in her free time.
With Associates degrees in both Photography and Early Childhood Education, Ashley also has her CDA, and is trained in HighScope and is in the process of becoming HighScope certified. She has spent several years working with young children and teaching. In her free time, you’ll find her reading, or spending time in nature kayaking or doing archery.
Debbie enjoys children and food! She came to the Early Learning Center after working 15 years with Penn-Harris-Madison Schools in Food Service. Debbie has a husband, Tim, who also works at the church. She has two sons, Matt and Josh.
With four kids of her own, Peggy has loved working with children as long as she can remember! She and her husband were high school sweethearts and raised their children here in Michiana and she has two grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.
With a degree in sociology and family studies from Bethel University, Rebecca is currently getting her master’s degree from Liberty University in Pastoral Counseling. She has years of experience working with young children, including directing a children’s camp for the Mishawaka Parks & Rec Department and working as a behavioral therapist at the Lighthouse Autism Center. She loves Jesus and the outdoors.
Stacey graduated from Bethel College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Working at the Early Learning Center is her dream job—she loves working with children and can’t wait to spend time with her class each day. She and her husband have a daughter and enjoy spending their free time flipping houses.
Jenny has her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood. She has previously worked as a first grade teacher and as a 4/5/6 Gifted & Talented teacher. She has experience in elementary education, gifted and talented programs and early childhood.
Judy is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management. She’s been a teacher’s aide for 13 years. She and her husband have two wonderful children and a four-legged baby named Pepper. In her free time she loves to cook and listen to audiobooks.
Abby has a B.A. in Sociology from Grand Valley State University. She volunteered during her high school years in Granger Community Church’s children’s ministry. This is her third year working in a pre-k classroom and working with children continues to be her passion. In her free time, you’ll find Abby attending concerts, at the beach, watching baseball and spending time with family and friends.
Heather is a HighScope-certified infant and toddler teacher, who’s worked in the Early Childhood field for 30 years. She and her husband, Peter, have four children. She loves to spend time with her family.
Jill has her bachelor’s degree with an Early Childhood Education emphasis. She has experience in preschool, kindergarten and children under the age of three.
With a degree in marketing from St. Joseph’s College, Elizabeth previously taught preschool for three and four-year-olds at River Valley Preschool. She and her husband Mark have three active children and she enjoys relaxing at their lake house, decorating and crafting.