The Child of God Preschool has 8 staff members. They must meet all of the state licensing requirements including a background check.
Our staff are required to obtain training in First Aid/CPR, child abuse recognition, communicable disease recognition, and they must also obtain at least 6 hours of training per year in child development topics.
We are pleased to announce that we have several staff members who have a child development associate (CDA) credential. (120 hours of college classes)
Nancy Higgins- Director
I was born in Ohio and am the mom of 3 children. I began my career working with children in 1991. I have an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Zane Trace College. I also attended Rhema Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with my husband, obtaining training in the area of supportive ministries. My husband Wes and I pastor a church in Granville. I have been the director of Child of God Preschool since 2001. I love working with children and seeing them grown and learn. In my spare time I am a barista at River Road Coffee House on the Square.
My mission at Child of God Preschool: I want children to feel safe and to learn about God and his love while at preschool. I feel each child is unique and a special gift from God.
Birthday- April 26
Hobbies- reading, hiking, biking, kayaking and going to the movies.
Favorites- Candy- Reese's cups, M&M's, Color- Pink, Restaurants- Puerto Valarta, Chipotle, Subway and City BBQ.
Trish Frey- Head Teacher Ocean Room
I am Miss Trish and I have been teaching at Child of God since 2006. I have been a stay at home mom to two children, and a state tested nursing assistant.
My mission at Child of God Preschool: I want children in my classroom to have a great first preschool experience. I provide a creative curriculum where children learn academic and social skills through play and hands on learning. It is important to me that each child feels safe and nurtured in my classroom. I believe each child is a gift from God and we are blessed to be a part of their lives.
Birthday - February 7
Hobbies- Gardening, scrap booking, cooking and baking.
Favorites- Candy- Red Licorice, Color- Red, Restaurant- Olive Garden.
Hilda Chapman- Head Teacher Ocean A/Assistant Teacher Ocean B
I have been teaching at Child of God Preschool since 2002. I have earned my CDA in Early Childhood Education. I previously worked in banking and also in the insurance field. I found my place in teaching. I live with my husband and son and I attend Family of Faith Community Church.
My mission at Child of God Preschool: I want children to experience the love of Jesus in my classroom. I want them to feel secure enough to express themselves freely at they play and learn.
Birthday- November 23
Hobbies- Gardening, reading, exercise and sewing.
Favorites- Candy- Hershey Kisses, Color- Blue, Resturants- Texas Roadhouse, Tumbleweed, Subway and Tim Horton's.
Elizabeth McCartney- Assistant Teacher- Ocean Room
I am a mom to 3 amazing children. I am originally from Akron and my family was so blessed to find Child of God Preschool when we moved to Newark.
I began teaching in 2005, after earning my degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashland University. Since that time I have worked in a variety of settings, with students of all ages, but my passion has always been working with preschool students.
My mission at Child of God Preschool: I want to help each child gain a love of learning. While at preschool, I want children to have fun, gain confidence and learn all about God's love and kindness.
Birthday- June 6
Hobbies- Spending time with my family and reading.
Favorites- Candy-Anything dark chocolate, Color- All of them, Restaurant- Chipotle and Panera.
Maria Bigler- Head Teacher Rainbow Room
I am a graduate in Early Childhood Education from Licking County JVS. I obtained my National Child Development Associate Credential and participate in yearly continued education training. I have been a teacher at Child of God Preschool since 2005 but I have worked with children for many years. I attend Blessed Sacrament Church and am the Religious Education Coordinator there.
My mission at Child of God Preschool: In the Rainbow Room, my focus is the development of the whole child through teacher planned and child initiated activities that promote a positive social, spiritual and educational experience.
Birthday- December 2
Hobbies- Attending events with my grandchildren, OSU sports, music and exercise.
Favorites- Candy - Chocolate, Color- Purple, Restaurant - Olive Garden
Krysten Forgette- Assistant Teacher Rainbow Room
I am a central Ohio native that enjoys spending time outdoors, crafting, gardening and interior design. My passions are my three beautiful daughters, my family, teaching and spend time in the Bible. I am an assistant in the Rainbow room and have been a parent here for several years.
My mission for Child of God Preschool - I strive to provide a safe, loving and caring atmosphere as the children learn and grow with one another , learn the Bible and the ways of Jesus Christ.
Birthday- February 21
Hobbies- Crafting, Gardening and Interior Design.
Favorites- Candy- Mallow Cups, Reese's Cups, Snickers, Hersheys kisses, Color - Green, Restaurants - Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Chipotle, and Panera.
Lisa Ellis- Head Teacher Garden Room
I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Food Science and Technology and worked for nine years in the industry in western Ohio. My husband and I moved to the Licking Valley area and I became a stay at home mom with my two boys. I have been teaching at Child of God Preschool since 2005 but I have been a part of the preschool family since the beginning. Both of my sons are Child of God graduates. The preschool has been a blessing to my children, to me as a parent and now as a teacher.
My mission at Child of God Preschool: To be a tool in helping each child reach their potential in becoming the lifelong learner that God created them to be.
Birthday- March 6
Hobbies- Gardening, books and movies.
Favorites- Candy- anything chocolate, Color- Earth Tones, Restaurants- Mongolian BBQ, Olive Garden.
Tara McClain- Assistant Teacher Garden Room
I was born and raised in rural Iowa and grew up on an ostrich farm. I spent 2 years at the university of Iowa and then went to New Tribes Bible Institute in Michigan where I earned an Associates degree in Biblical studies. During my time in Michigan, I met and married my husband and after graduation we moved to Ohio to be closer to his family. We have 3 children, a goldendoodle named Max and a cat named WahWah. I have been teaching at Child of God Preschool since 2016.
My mission at Child of God Preschool: I want to help provided an environment where children love to learn, feel safe and are able to hear about God's love.
Birthday- December 12
Hobbies- reading, being outside in nice weather, shopping for a good deal, taking Max for walks and hanging out with my family.
Favorites- Candy- Dark Chocolate, Reese's Cups, M&M's, Color- Purple, Restaurants- Texas Roadhouse, Bibibop, Chipotle, and Jersey Mikes.