First Kids Christian Cooperative Preschool

Alicia Smith - Preschool Director

Alicia is a graduate of The Ohio University with a degree in education and The University of Scranton with an educational administration degree.  She taught Kindergarten for 3 years before being promoted to the Title 1 Coordinator of the school.  Alicia decided to take time off to start a family and raise her 3 daughters.  2019 was Alicia's first year as the director of First Kids Preschool.  She loves to play sports, travel and be involved with all her kid's activities. 


Linda Godfrey - 2 and 3 Day Pre K Teacher


Linda is our lead 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 is our lead 3 and 4 year old teacher!  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 is our lead 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 teacher and Children's Church volunteer. We are excited to have Beth with us at First Kids!
Shannon Shepard - Assistant Preschool Teacher

Shannon is our  3's and 4's class assistant!  Shannon comes to First Kids Christian Preschool with a Respiratory Therapy Degree. She has three children who all attended First Kids. Shannon has worked in child care for 7 years and is energetic and passionate about helping kids achieve new milestones. 

Denise Klima - Assistant Teacher 

Denise is our Pre-K assistant in the 5 day Pre-K classroom!  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 


Megan is our Pre-K assistant!  Megan's education comes from both Edison State Community College and Ohio University in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Art Education.  Megan has a Bachelor's of specialized science in Early Childhood expressive development and has earned her CDA!   Megan is very creative and knows American Sign Language.  Megan joined the First Kids Christian Preschool team in 2012.  

Bethany Smith- 2-3's Teacher


Bethany is our lead toddler teacher!  Bethany comes to First Kids Christian Preschool with her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and social work from Spring Arbor University. Bethany has been a substitute teacher for the last 7 years and has been a director for VBS at her church.  She has a lot of experience with children and we are thrilled to have her join our team! 

Laura Lucas- 2-3's Assistant Teacher

Laura is our toddler room assistant!  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.

Beverley Schroedel - 3-4's Assistant Teacher

Bev is our Tuesday/Thursday 3 and 4 year old assistant!  Ms. Bev has been with the preschool for 6 years.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Education and loves the children.  She "retired" last year but decided to come back because she missed the kids so much.  We are so glad to have her back!