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Sue was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit. She attended Central Michigan University for 2 years, transferred to Eastern Michigan University and in 1986 earned a B.A. degree in Foreign Language and International Trade. Sue and her husband, Dan, have been married 31 years. They have a daughter named Jessica, a son named Matt, a dog named Amos and a cat named Al. Jessica works at NSF as a Senior Extraction Technician in Ann Arbor and she lives in Whitmore Lake. Matt works at PM Environmental as an Industrial Hygienist in Lansing and lives in Okemos. Sue enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, baking, as well as, spending time with friends and family. She spent 10.5 years teaching three and four year olds at First Presbyterian/First Steps Preschools and 2 years leading the Parent and Tot Program that she originated. Sue also has lead and assisted with our Summer Camp Programs. Sue earned her CDA credential from Lansing Community College in August of 2009. She is excited to begin her tenth year lead teaching. Sue will be celebrating twenty (20) years with the preschool in January.

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Director and Lead Teacher for the T/TH a.m. and the T/TH p.m. classes
First Steps Preschool Staff Profiles
Lisa graduated from Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania with a B.S. Degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education. After completing her Master’s Degree in Reading from Eastern Michigan University in 1990, Miss Lisa began teaching three-year-old children at First Presbyterian Preschool in 1991. She also began serving as the Preschool’s Director in 1993 and continued serving in those roles until June 2008, when First Presbyterian Preschool moved and became First Steps Preschool. Lisa also has experience working at a Co-operative Nursery/Montessori Center and two years teaching First and Third Grades. Lisa and her husband, Greg, live in Brighton. They have two daughters and three grandchildren. Their oldest daughter is Lindsay. She lives with her husband, Kyle Wolowiec and their three childen in Rochester, Michigan. Lindsay a Senior Licensing Manager for the IMG. Laura is their youngest daughter. She lives in Oxford, Michigan with her husband, Nathan, and works as an RN at the Rochester Endoscopy and Surgical Center. 
Lisa Guise
Lead Teacher for the M/W/F a.m. and the M/T/W/TH p.m. classes
Sue Moody
Lead Teacher for the M/W/F a.m. and p.m. classes
Sharon graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Business and then returned to earn a B.A.A. Degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement. She taught 2 years in the New Haven Public Schools before marrying Bruce and moving to the Brighton area approximately 29 years ago. First Presbyterian Preschool was fortunate to have her teach M/W/F 4-year-old students for two years, before she and Bruce added Ben (26), Anna (24) and Sarah (22) to their family. All of her children attended this preschool and she eventually returned to the preschool in an Advisory Board capacity for 6 years in a variety of positions. Other activities include subbing at the Brighton District Library and teaching religious education. Sharon returned as a teacher to First Presbyterian/First Steps Preschool in 2006 and has taught 3-and 4-year-old classes since her return. Sharon has led one of our summer camp sessions for 7 years. Besides teaching, Sharon enjoys a good book, camping, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with family. She looks forward to returning to the classroom where she will continue her work with the MWF 4-year-olds. This will be Sharon’s 15th year with the preschool.

Sharon Kelley
Assistant Teacher for the M/W/F a.m., T/Th a.m. and T/Th p.m. classes
Amy graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois with a B.A. in English and minor in Journalism. Amy and her husband, Chris, have been married for 21 years and have two children, Alyssa, who just started her first year at Smith College in Northampton, MA, and Zachary, a junior at South Lyon High School. Amy worked as a reporter and copy editor for The South Lyon Herald for four years before taking some time off to spend with her children. She has spent much of that time in various volunteer capacities, including serving on the Board of the South Lyon Co-Op Preschool where her children attended preschool. She currently teaches Sunday School at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. In her spare time, Amy enjoys reading a good book and spending time with her family and her two dogs. Amy earned a Child Development Associate credential from Child Connect for Family Success in Howell in 2015. She assisted with our summer camp programs in the summers of 2010-2017. Amy has completed one year of Education through Music training and is enrolled for another session. This begins Amy’s tenth year with the preschool.  
Amy Schams
Assistant Teacher for the M/T/W/Th p.m. classes
 Hilary graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering, and worked in manufacturing as a production supervisor as well as a logistics specialist for six years before taking a break to stay home when her daughter was born. Hilary and her husband, Matt, live in Brighton with their two children, Carleigh, 12, and Lowen, 10. Both are First Steps Preschool alums. They like to spend time as a family on bike rides in the spring, summer and fall and downhill skiing when there is snow. Hilary is active in her church, Brighton First United Methodist, playing in the bell choir, leading a women’s bible study group, and instructing children at Vacation Bible School during the summer. She also volunteers at her children’s schools. Hilary likes to read and enjoys cooking and baking. Hilary assisted and lead summer camp in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. She will continue her training in Education through Music in the Fall and is excited to bring more music and fun into the classroom. Hilary looks forward to returning to the classroom in September to assist Miss Sue with MTWTH PM class.

Hilary Bott
We are pleased to have them with us and are confident in their abilities. They are as follows: 
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Helper
My name, Abigail Loy, was given to me when I was born in 1990.  My first name means “source of joy”.  I have always been taught to find goodness and ability in myself and others. Helping children learn has been my goal for a long time.  I started by volunteering for Safety Town, helping as a week-long junior counselor at New Life summer camp,  attending the Pooh’s Corner program at BHS, taking childcare classes at WCC and working in their childcare center. This is my tenth year with First Steps Preschool. Music is one of my major interests.  I played clarinet in the BHS marching band and sang in the chorus.  I have danced for many years and still take courses at WCC.  Swimming, biking, reading and volunteering are also things I enjoy. 2018 was my second year working on the Appalachia service project (ASP). If you would like to learn more about me, check out this video on YouTube. — Abby
Assistant Teacher for M/W/F a.m. and p.m. classes
Jane graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. After working as a Speech and Language Pathologist for three years in Georgia, she returned to Michigan, where she completed her Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at Eastern Michigan University. She was hired in 1984 by the Novi Community School District, where she taught second grade for two years and Kindergarten for 27 years. She retired from the district in June of 2016. She has been married to her husband, John, for 29 years. They have three children: Molly, who is 27 years old, Matthew, who is 24 years old, and Joe, who is 22 years old. She and her family have been members of Brighton FUMC since 1997. In her spare time, Jane enjoys University of Michigan football games(season ticket holders), knitting baby hats and prayer shawls for the church ministries, golfing, walking and biking for exercise, gardening, crafts of all kinds, writing letters to friends, and spending time with her family, dogs (Lola and Blossom), and friends. Jane completed one year of Education through Music training. She looks forward to assisting Miss Sharon with the MWF 4-year-old classes. 

Jane Benkarski
Lead Teacher for Parent & Tot Class
​Anne earned her Child Development Associate credential in 2014. She was an assistant teacher at First Presbyterian Preschool with Lisa from 1996-1999. She worked in the children’s ministry department at Brighton FUMC from 2001-2015 and has served children in a variety of roles in local churches for more than three decades. Anne grew up in Columbus, Ohio and moved to Brighton in 1995.  Anne teaches the Parent & Tot class which runs in the fall and spring and she also helps with First Steps summer camps. She also teaches Stretch-n-Grow fitness classes for children at private schools and preschools and is a substitute paraprofessional. Anne and her husband of 40 years, Steve, have two adult sons. RJ, his wife Heather and their 3-year-old daughter Bryelle and 1-year-old foster son live in Lakeland, Florida. Their younger son, Tyler, graduated from Michigan Tech last year with a double major in Wildlife Management and Applied Ecology and has worked with fish, bats, deer and wild turkeys.  
Anne Walters