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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 32 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 an
Associate Chemist in Ann Arbor and recently bought a house in Pinckney. 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 eleventh year lead teaching. Sue celebrated 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 children 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 Ascension Hospital in Rochester, MI. 
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 30 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 (27), Anna (25) and Sarah (23) 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 8 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 sixteenth 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 22 years and have two children, Alyssa, who is starting her second year at Smith College in Northampton, MA, and Zachary, a senior at Flex Tech High School in Brighton. 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 and in 2019. Amy has completed two years of Education through Music training. This begins Amy’s eleventh year with the preschool.  
Amy Schams
Assistant Teacher for the M/T/W/Th p.m. classes
Tracy was born and raised in Detroit. She attended Michigan State University (MSU), where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology before receiving a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan (UofM). At Community Mental Health, Tracy worked with mentally ill adults, and she privately worked with special needs children. Dave is her husband of 18 years, of which 17 have been in Brighton. They have three children, and all attended First Steps Preschool! Their son Sean is 14 years old and a freshman at Brighton High School (BHS). Another son, Kyle, is 11 years old and a 6th grader at Maltby Intermediate School. Kierra, their daughter, is 7 years old and a 2nd grader at Hilton Elementary School. Tracy’s hobbies include creating fairy gardens, gardening and working out. She volunteers at her church and in schools her children attend. We are fortunate to have Tracy join our team of teachers, and she is excited to begin working with our 4-year-old students.
Tracy Hartmann
We are pleased to have them with us and are 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. 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 30 years. They have three children: Molly, who is 28 years old, Matthew, who is 26 years old, and Joe, who is 23 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, grandson (Cooper), 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 42 years, Steve, have two adult sons. RJ, his wife Heather and their 5 children live in Lakeland, Florida. Their younger son, Tyler, graduated from Michigan Tech with a double major in Wildlife Management and Applied Ecology and currently works with moose and other animals in Minnesota.
Anne Walters