Director, Ministry Village Early Learning Center
Ms. Kristi has been a preschool and VPK teacher for the last nine years, most recently teaching at New Beginnings Preschool in Pace, Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education from the University of South Florida, and has spent more than 20 years as a dynamic educator focused on inspiring and motivating children through creative and enjoyable instruction.
Originally from Louisiana, Ms. Paige has lived in Northwest Florida since the mid-90s. With an Associates Degree focused on Early Childhood Education and Accounting, Ms. Paige also earned her National CDA Credential as well as her Advanced Level Florida Director Credential. She has worked in childcare since 2003 as both an Assistant Director and Director at childcare facilities.
“I originally thought I would be an accountant; however, God had other plans by putting a call in my heart to work in Early Childhood Education. This is more than educating children. It is an opportunity to minister to the children and families we serve. I love what I do.”
Originally from Helena, Alabama, Ms. Gail has lived in Pensacola for more than 30 years, and is trained as a children’s dental hygienist. She is a mother of 6, and has been the director of a church preschool and a preschool Sunday School teacher. Ms. Gail loves to watch children as they grow and learn, and she is excited to form a strong relationship with each child’s family.
Ms. Glenda has taught VPK for 9 years in addition to more than 10 years of experience teaching preschool and kindergarten. A University of West Florida graduate, she has a degree in Social Work and is a State of Florida Certified Child Care Professional. She loves to hear the children’s laughter and see the excitement in their eyes as they learn new concepts.
Ms. Regina has lived in the Pensacola area for more than 30 years, after living in Arkansas, Texas, Georgia and Louisiana. She holds a Masters of Education from Northeast Louisiana University and is a State of Florida Certified Child Care Professional. Ms. Regina is excited to use her vast experience with children at the ELC to develop their love of learning at an early age.
Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Ms. Ceara has lived in Pensacola for 16 years. She has 2 degrees – one in Early Childhood Education and Child Development, and another as a Crisis Prevention and Intervention Specialist.
A mom of 2, she enjoys seeing children grow and accomplish new and difficult tasks. “Helping them gain confidence and a love of learning makes my heart sing.”
Ms. Sarah moved to Pensacola from Pennsylvania more than a decade ago. Teaching several preschool classes at her church over the years has given her a love for helping little children learn. “The excitement and joy on their faces when they learn something new is my favorite thing to see. And when they come running to give me a hug because they are happy to see me, my heart feels full.” Ms. Sarah is the youngest in a family of 12, so she also spends a lot of time babysitting and connecting with more than 30 nieces and nephews!
Ms. Genesis was born and raised in Pensacola. She loves to build a strong a loving relationship with her students as she watches them grow. “Seeing the children smile is what makes my heart sing.” Ms. Genesis also creates customized cups and shirts in her free time – art skills that she uses often in her classroom.
Born in nearby Atmore, Alabama, Ms. Shay has lived in the Pensacola area since the 1980s. Having worked in preschool for several years, Shay says, “For me, this isn’t just a job. It’s a relationship!” She wants parents to be confident that their child will be loved and tenderly nurtured while in her care.
Ms. Debra has a vast background in education, including a Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership, a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and an Associate’s degree in Physical Therapy. She has taught a variety of ages ranging from preschool to 2nd grade. “Displaying the love of Christ to my school children and their families makes my heart sing. My favorite thing is building a relationship with my kids and their parents, and creating a positive learning environment while making learning fun.” Ms. Debra loves to make her kids laugh, and sings and dances with them often. As a published author, she also loves to write poetry.