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 29 years. They have a daughter named Jessica, a son named Matt, a dog named Buster Brown and a cat named Al. Jessica works as a laboratory technician in Ann Arbor and lives in Dexter. Matt is a senior at E.M.U., majoring in Health Administration. Sue enjoys reading, cooking, baking and 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 each summer since 2009. Sue earned her CDA credential from Lansing Community College in August of 2009. She is excited to begin her eighth year lead teaching.
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 two grandchildren. Their oldest daughter is Lindsay. She lives with her husband, Kyle Wolowiec and their son, Elijah, and daughter, Catherine, in Rochester, Michigan. Lindsay is Global Product Development Manager for the Licensing Company. Laura is their youngest daughter. She also lives in Rochester, and works as an RN at the Rochester Endoscopy and Surgical Center.
Lead Teacher for the M/W/F a.m. and the M/T/W/TH p.m. classes
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 27 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 (24), Anna (22) and Sarah (20) 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 led one of our summer camp sessions for 5 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.
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 19 years and have two children. Alyssa, 15 ½, and Zachary, 14. 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 volunteers with the South Lyon High School swim Boosters and teaches Sunday School at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. In her spare time, Amy enjoys reading a good book and spending time outdoors with her family. 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, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. This begins Amy’s eighth year with the preschool.
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, 10, and Lowen, 8. 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 and 2016. She looks forward to returning to the classroom in September to assist Miss Sue with MTWTH PM class.
We are pleased to have them with us and feel confident in their abilities. They are as follows:
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.
Working with children 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 seventh year with First Steps Preschool.Music is one of my 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, reading and volunteering are also things I enjoy. If you would like to learn more about me, please check out this short video.— 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 27 years. They have three children: Molly, who is 25 years old, Matthew, who is 22 years old, and Joe, who is 20 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 and friends. She is looking forward to beginning a new chapter in her career in September, assisting Miss Sharon with the MWF 4-year-old classes.
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 39 years, Steve, have two adult sons. RJ, his wife Heather and their 3-year-old daughter Bryelle 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.