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)

Staff Directory


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.