First Kids Christian Cooperative Preschool

Bridget Haines - Preschool Director

Graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in education, Bridget taught in the public school system for several years and was a legal assistant for seven years before starting a family and coming to First Kids Preschool in 2009. Bridget  has been active with Troy First United Methodist F.L.O.C.K. and Vacation Bible School programs.  

Linda Godfrey - 2 and 3 Day Pre K Teacher


Linda has her CDA in Early Childhood Education and came to First Kids Christian Preschool in 2011.  She has lead training workshops for Child Care Choices and has over 15 years experience in the preschool classroom.  Linda is active in her church and serves as a Sunday School teacher.  Linda is a wonderful mentor to our new teachers.

Ann Sweeney - 3-4 Teacher, Extended Day


Ann has over 100 hours of college coursework in  Early Childhood Development  along with over 14 years of teaching experience. Ann's loving care and attention to her preschool children have made her a valuable asset to the preschool since 2009.  Ann and her family attend the Troy First United Methodist Church.

Beth Parke - 5 Day Pre K Teacher

Beth has her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Wilmington College and her Masters in Classroom Teaching from Urbana University.  Beth has taught Kindergarten, First and Third grade at Graham Elementary.  She and her family attend Newson Missionary Church where Beth has been a Sunday School and Children's Church volunteer. We are excited to have Beth with us at First Kids!
Jelissa Bowman - Curriculum and Step Up To Quality Coordinator

Jelissa started at First Kids Christian Preschool as a 2-3's teacher.  Her attention to detail and organizational skills have earned her the new title of Curriculum and Step Up to Quality Coordinator.  Jelissa has several years experience teaching young children in a Christian preschool setting.  We are so blessed to have her with again us this year serving in this new role!  

Denise Klima - Assistant Teacher - Extended Day

Denise comes to us with over 20 years experience caring for small children in both her home and in daycare.  Denise brings enthusiasm, creativity and caring to the classroom.  First Kids Preschool is blessed to have her.

Megan Stutz- Assistant Teacher - Extended Day


Megan's education comes from both Edison State Community College and Ohio University in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Art Education. Megan is very creative and knows American Sign Language.  Megan joined the First Kids Christian Preschool team in 2012.  Welcome back Megan!

Kim Locker- 2-3's Teacher


Kim comes to First Kids Christian Preschool with her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Wright State University. Kim previously ran a successful daycare from her own home and has taught in both the private and public school system.  We have been lucky to have Kim with First Kids since 2016.

Angel Gailey - Assistant Teacher

Angel comes to First Kids after working with children from infants to elementary age since 1995.  Her work with special needs children in the special education department at Sidney City schools gives her a unique perspective and an unending amount of patience.  Angel started with First Kids Christian Preschool in 2017 as the extended day teacher and was recently promoted to assistant 3-4's teacher.
Laura Lucas- 2-3's Assistant Teacher

Laura has her Bachelor of Science from Wright State University and is a mother of 2 young children. Laura brings a warm, calm and organized manner to our toddler class. We have been blessed to have Laura with us since 2016.

Remembering Ms. Carol
On October 5 and 6th, 2016 the children of First Kids Christian Preschool paid tribute to their favorite substitute teacher and volunteer, Carol Herron, who passed away in April of 2016.  With the help of Eden Group members, Dave Pinkerton and Gail and Diana Stickelman, the preschoolers planted a variegated, flowering dogwood tree in the courtyard, ​in remembrance of Ms. Carol. The children followed up the planting by saying a prayer for Ms. Carol, thanking God that she was a special friend to the preschool.  First Kids was blessed to have Ms. Carol's son, Scott, attend the dedication.