OUR TEAM

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SARAH MULLIGAN

Director

Hello, my name is Sarah Mulligan, and I am so excited to be Heritage United Methodist Church new Preschool Director! I have taught preschool for eight years now and I am ready for
the next step, directing and aiding in furthering the development of education and fun-loving environment for the preschool. I graduated from Liberty University with my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. I am looking forward to growing and flourishing at Heritage United Methodist Church and its amazing Preschool!

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SHELLEY STEPHENS

Assistant to the Director

Hello, my name is Shelly Stephens and I started here at HUM Preschool as a substitute teacher. This will be my first year as an Assistant to the Director. I am so excited to get to know your child and watch them grow! I am a wife, a mother, and a dog lover! In my free time I enjoy biking on the parkway and being in the woods with my dog.

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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.

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DEBBIE ARTHUR

Lead Teacher PK4

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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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.

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MARCIE MORGAN

Lead Teacher 3s

Hello my name is Marcie Morgan and I am proud to be a teacher and school nurse at HUM Preschool! I am from Virginia and have moved around the state throughout the years. I attended a local community college where I studied Early Childhood Education and Nursing. This will be my second year at HUM Preschool. I worked in the medical field until I moved back to my hometown. I love working with our youngest learners. I have been married for 24 years years old and I have two boys who are 22 and 20 years old. I look forward to working together with you as partners in your Childs growth and development this school year.

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HALEY BROOKS

Assistant Teacher 3s

I joined the Preschool family in 2021. This is my second year here at HUM Preschool being an assistant teacher. I have such a passion for teaching and love what I do. I am a full time college student and I am currently majoring in Elementary Education! Teaching has always been my dream and I am so lucky to work for such an amazing preschool. I enjoy spending time with family, teaching kids and baking in my free time.

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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!

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TRACI SCHMINCKE

Lead Teacher 4s

Hi Preschool families! This is my first year teaching at HUM Preschool. However, I am not new to education. I taught K,1st, and 3rd grades at Bass Elementary School for 17 years. This will be my third year teaching preschool. I love children and look forward to the start of each school year with a new group of kids, families, and adventures! I have been married to my husband Gary for 24 years. We have 2 children, Casey and Hannah. In my spare time I love spending time with friends and family, watching movies, riding bikes, hiking, and traveling!

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MADISON FARRAR

Assistant Teacher 4s

We welcomed Madison to Heritage United Methodist Preschool earlier this summer. It is Madison's first year teaching, and she is excited to be a part of our teaching team and help our little ones grow. Madison has a wonderful husband and son whom she loves very much. And she is currently at Liberty University working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Business.