OUR TEAM

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BETHANY DUFF

Assistant Director

I completed my undergraduate in Social Work and am currently almost finished with my Master's in Education: School Counseling. I joined the preschool as a substitute assistant teacher and loved it so much I decide to stay as a permanent employee.
I enjoy reading outdoors, snuggling with my cats, spending time with family, and hanging out with friends as much as possible.

KIM HELD

Lead Teacher PK5

I have been a teacher at HUM Preschool since 2000. I am married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren. I love coming to work every day because each day is an adventure with a preschooler!

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DANA RIELEY

Assistant Teacher PK5

I have been at HUM Preschool for 21 years and have taught various age groups, while also doing music for 10+ years. 
I was born and raised in Lynchburg then moved around being a Navy wife after which we settled back in Campbell County. I have been married 35 years and we have 2 sons. I love time with family and friends, hiking and travel.

JANEEN SMITH

Lead Teacher PK4

Janeen Smith has been at Heritage UM Preschool teacher for many years and enjoys the exciting challenges of introducing the young child to school learning.  She is married and the mother of three adult children.  She’s lived in seven different states, but has called Lynchburg, Virginia “home” for the last 21 years and has enjoyed raising her children here.  In her spare time, Janeen enjoys travel, biking, hiking, and reading fiction.

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DEANNA AULTICE

Assistant Teacher PK4

I have been with the preschool for 9 years as a teacher's assistant. I’ve been married for 24 years to Jeff and we have 3 sons. I was born in Madison, Wisconsin but have lived in Lynchburg for most of my life. I have been a member of Heritage UMC since 1997. I love to cook and spend time with my family. I love kids and have fun so I’m very blessed to be at the preschool.

DEBBIE ARTHUR

Lead Teacher 3s/4s

I joined the preschool staff in 2017 as a long-term substitute before I became an Assistant Teacher, and then a Lead Teacher. My husband Ken and I have two kids in college and one high schooler  (all graduates of this preschool). I love exploring God’s amazing world, singing, dancing, and learning with my little friends. My goal is to show them how much God loves them, and that they are smart, fun and can do so many hard things!

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RACHEL MCNEILL

Assistant Teacher 3s/4s

I have enjoyed working with children ever since I was younger. I used to work with 2 year old's at church and I worked with kindergartners at school as part of a dual enrollment education program. I graduated from Liberty Christian Academy in 2021. In my free time, I enjoy being outside walking around or riding 4-wheelers with my husband.

MARCIE MORGAN

Lead Teacher 3s/4s

I am a first year teacher here at HUM Preschool. I attended a local Community College. After which I worked in the medical field for 20+ years and then the education field for 4 years. I am a wife, Hokie Mom, Lancer Mom and have a big family who all love to travel. We are very active in our home church.

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HALEY BROOKS

Assistant Teacher 3s/4s

Hi! I am 20 years old and this is my first time assistant teaching in a preschool environment. I am currently in college majoring in Education with hopes to become a Second grade teacher. I enjoy being around kids, spending time with family, and baking in my free time.

EMILY ASHWORTH

Lead Teacher 2s

Emily has a passion for early learning, especially enriching young minds through play and mindful experiences. Her experience not only consists of early childhood education (preschool) but also includes 3rd Grade and Special Education in both public and charter school environments. In her free time; Emily enjoys traveling, reading, and enjoying life with her husband, Daniel, and their two children, Pierson and Adelyn.

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JULIE LEVET

Assistant Teacher 2s

Hello, I'm Miss Julie. I am so excited to be part of the HUM Preschool team! I'm a mother to 3 beautiful children; Ava, CJ, and Connor. And a wife of 12 years to my husband Chris. I love coffee, chocolate, and sunflowers. I can't wait to get to know your children and watch them grow!