This is Miss Ruth’s 27th year at Joplin First United Methodist Preschool; she is the Director and Music Teacher. Miss Ruth has a BA in Communications from MSSU. She has been married to her wonderful husband, Doug, for 38 years and has 3 children, Brian, Stephanie, and Mary Ann, all graduates of Joplin First United Methodist Preschool. She also has 6 grandchildren whom she adores. She feels very blessed that God has allowed her to work at this preschool all these years! She looks forward to seeing what God has planned for her and the preschool this year!
This is Miss Lori’s 2nd year at FUMP as the movement teacher. She has been married to her husband, Justin, for 11 years and they have 3 kids, Connor, Coleson, and Ellie. She has live in the Joplin area her whole life. Some of her interests are running, kayaking, spending time with her family, camping, and anything outdoors.
This is Miss Rachel’s 4th year at Joplin First United Methodist Preschool. She has had a few jobs that were very rewarding, but this, by far, is the best and her favorite! She has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. She has been married 14 years to James and has 3 kids, Shelby (8), Jackson (4), and Savannah (2). Two of her children have attended this preschool and loved it! Outside of school, in her free time, she loves spending time with family, gardening, and antiquing.
This is Miss Chanda’s 2nd year at Joplin First United Methodist Preschool; she is a co-teacher in the Pre-K class. Miss Chanda has a biology degree and experience teaching pre-k through 5th grade education programming. She has been married to her husband, Chris, for 13 years and has two children, Ethan and Natalie, both Joplin First United Methodist Preschool graduates. She enjoys family time, crafting, reading, hiking, and traveling.
This is Miss Sam’s 2nd year at Joplin First United Methodist Preschool as a Pre-K co-teacher. She has worked in a preschool setting for 8 years. She attends Alba Friends Church with her family. She has been married to her husband, Tucker, for 7 years. They have two wonderful children Corbyn, a soon to be Joplin First UMC Preschool graduate, who is 4 and they have a new baby, their daughter Berklee.
This is Miss Hailey’s 1st year at Joplin First United Methodist Preschool. She has taught preschool for the last 7 years. She has a 1 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
This is Miss Brooke’s 4th year at Joplin First United Methodist Preschool; she is the Assistant director. She is a graduate of MSSU with a Bachelor’s in Marketing. She has a 10 year old daughter, Annabelle. She attends church at Carterville Christian Church. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside, traveling, trying out new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.
This is Miss Teresa’s third year serving as an Extended Care Co-Teacher for Joplin First United Methodist Preschool. She was a Sunday School teacher for toddlers and preschoolers at Joplin First UMC for twelve years and currently serves in City Kids Junior at Hope City. She has a BSBA with emphasis in Marketing and Management from MSSU. After a long career with the Family Support Division, she retired and began what she calls her “Dream Job”, working with the children of our preschool. Both of her adult children are graduates of Joplin First Preschool. She and her husband, Scott, have been married for twelve years and treasure their time together. She enjoys time with family and friends, travelling, live music and gardening.