Our Faculty

Mrs. Kristi Zagar

Director, Ministry Village Early Learning Center

Mrs. Zagar 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.

Gail Benson

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.

Donna Cooper

Ms. Donna has worked in childcare for many years, previously teaching at Methodist Children’s Academy, Olive Baptist Church preschool and Olive’s Mom’s Day Out. A Pensacola native, she enjoys working with all ages of children, but says that watching the tremendous strides one-year-olds in particular make throughout the school year makes her heart soar and fills her spirit.

Miranda Cooper

Ms. Miranda loves seeing the children’s excitement every morning as they run to greet her. She has worked at Methodist Children’s Academy and has been a dependable annual volunteer at mom’s day out and vacation Bible school. Ms. Miranda’s love of horses (she is a competitive rider) and enjoyment of art extends to the classroom where she teaches the children to look for God’s hand in all parts of nature.

Glenda Crow

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.

Regina Fuller

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.

Lola Mayes

Originally from Roswell, New Mexico, Ms. Lola’s military family moved to Pensacola 10 years ago. She has a degree in elementary education and has worked in a local private school and as a public school substitute teacher. Ms. Lola loves everything about teaching. She is most thrilled to share God’s love with her class, and help train them to be spiritual champions through love, patience and kindness.