“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Luke 18:16
Zion Lutheran Preschool and Early Childhood Center Team
Caring & Dedicated
Director and Lead Three Year Old Teacher
Christina is the Center Director and Lead Three-Year-Old teacher. Christina comes to teaching as a second career after spending over fifteen years in the travel industry. She holds an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Mid Michigan College. She spent eight years as Director and Lead Teacher at Good Shepherd Early Childhood Center in Alma, Michigan until its closure in May 2016. Christina joined the staff at Zion July 2016 and has thoroughly enjoyed the last six years of teaching these little people.
Christina has been married to Chadwick for 23 years and they have three children Isabel (20), Eliot (18), and Ian (16). The Roe family are active members here at Zion Lutheran Church.
Christina is overjoyed at the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with your children and help them grow spiritually and academically. She prays for another successful year and is excited to continue her work in this important ministry.
Four Year Old Lead Teacher
Christy Barton is a lifelong resident of the Mt. Pleasant area. She is a mother of five and holds bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education, Child Development, and Psychology. Mrs. Barton comes to us with 25 years of experience in Early Childhood teaching, managing, and working in childcare. This is Christy's second year at Zion Lutheran. She believes strongly in creating a developmentally appropriate learning environment, and a positive atmosphere for children to learn about Jesus, as well as the foundational skills children need to excel academically and socially when they move on to kindergarten. She is looking forward to working with your children and families.
Teacher – Toddler Class
Megan graduated in 2018 from Montcalm Community College with an associate degree in Early Childhood Education and Paraprofessional. Megan has worked with children through church ministries for most of her young adult life. It’s through those years that she found a love for teaching. Megan joined Zion Lutheran Church and the toddler program earlier this May and has loved every moment of it! Megan is so happy to have the opportunity to work with such wonderful children, families, and co-workers! Megan also enjoys reading, crocheting and going on adventures in the UP with her two Dachshunds.
Teaching Assistant - Preschool
My name is Monica Brown. I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri. I have lived in Mount Pleasant since 1991. I have been married to my husband Darwin for 39 years. We have three children Jarod (Tiana) 30, Dara 27, and Reyna 22 who all attended Zion’s preschool. We have been members of Zion Lutheran Church since 1992 and enjoy living in Mount Pleasant.
I am excited to start a new school year and look forward to sharing the joy of God’s Love with all of our students.
Teaching Assistant - Preschool
My name is Danielle, and I am an Alma College Alumni. I have a degree in Educational Studies with a concentration in Special education. At Alma I also got a minor in Psychology. This will be my second year at Zion, and I am super excited to meet all of our new friends this year.
Hi My name is Hannah Sanders, and I am currently in my 2nd year of College at Mid-Michigan Community College where I will earn my associates degree and then transfer to CMU to finish out my degree. I am hoping to become a Kindergarten or 1st Grade teacher. I spend most of my
time in the 4-year-old classroom which I really enjoy! I like spending time with my family and friends during my free time, and I also really like being outside during the summer. I am looking forward to the rest of the year and can’t wait to see how much all of the kids grow throughout the year.
Toddler Teaching Assistant
My name is Cindy Hodge and grew up in northern Michigan, lived in Branson, Mo and moved to Mount Pleasant in 2014. I am married and have a 13 yr old son. I have always shared a love for children volunteering in our church preschool at a young age. As my passion grew, I opened up my own childcare playschool for 3 years, worked as a kindergarten paraprofessional and was asked to be a personal nanny for a wonderful family for 4 years.
I am so excited to be a part of Zion Lutheran Preschool. I love seeing all their smiling faces and seeing the joy and excitement when learning of God's joy.
Teaching Assistant – Toddler Class
I am a third-year student at Central Michigan University. I am majoring in Communication
Sciences and Disorders and minoring in Child Development. I am hoping to be a speech
language pathologist. I have worked in a daycare for almost three years and am excited to work in a Christ-focused center! I have grown up in a private Catholic school up until college. I look
forward for the opportunity to help the children grow and to teach them about God.
Teaching Assistant - Four Year Old Class
I am a 30-year-old, wife, and mother. My daughter Mackenzie is 4 years old. I am a Central Michigan University alumnus, where I hold a Bachelor of Recreation and Event Managementwith a concentration in commercial recreation. I recently completed my Masters in Recreation and Parks Administration. I love being outdoors, reading, spending time with my family, and running. I studied Recreation and love finding new ways to have fun and be active.