We employ Christian professionals who are trained in Early Childhood Education. Each staff member meets or exceeds the criteria for working in Early Childhood. We are required to complete at least 6 hours of professional development every year. Our staff is also trained in CPR and First Aid, Child Abuse and Communicable Diseases.
I have been happily married for 23 years and have three wonderful boys. I have attended First Christian Church for the last 18 years. I’m excited to become the Director of First Steps Preschool in the fall of 2020. I have my degree in Early Childhood Education and have many years of experience working with young children and also children with special needs. For the past fifteen years, I was the director of another Christian preschool and really enjoyed it. I look forward to this new opportunity at First Christian Church. I believe in providing an excellent and engaging early childhood educational experience. I am deeply mindful of maintaining an early learning environment matching the expectations of Christian parents and making First Steps Preschool a respected, high quality program for your children. Together with a team of amazing, Christian teachers, we are dedicated to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning. We will try to incorporate God into all of our learning experiences. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to teach and make a difference in your child’s life and for sharing your precious children with us.
Elizabeth grew up in Huber Heights attending First Christian Church since she was a baby. In 2015, she went on a mission trip with the church to work with orphaned and vulnerable kids in Mazatlan, Mexico. During that trip, she fell in love with the kids and Back2Back Ministries. After lots of prayer and a trip to Malawi, Africa, she joined B2B’s staff and served in Nigeria! She loved her Advanced Trauma Competent Care Training she received and can’t wait to take what she’s learned to help children in her hometown.
Having 26+ years in children ministry, 5 yrs. in childcare and development. It has been a passion and a privilege to engage in the well-being of children with the love of Jesus. Married with one daughter, it is great joy to be able to offer the opportunity here at First Steps…in serving your children, Tina
My name is Emily Morgan and I have been teaching for 4 years. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Wright State University. I am loving my career as an early childhood teacher! I have truly enjoyed getting to know the families in our community! I am thankful for the opportunity to enrich your child’s life through play, and fun based learning activities. My hobbies are cooking, and learning new crafts. I have been married since 2010 to my husband Brice. Brice is a fire fighter at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Brice grew up in First Christian Church, and we returned to FCC when we started our family and returned to Huber Heights. Brice and I have 2 daughters Brynne who began Kindergarten at Pathway School of Discovery in 2019, and Aubrey who is excited to have her final preschool year at First Steps. Having children of my own has been a dream come true, and the opportunity to build relationships with other children is an honor and a blessing! Thank you for the opportunity to teach your child!
Sahlena Mulling, Teacher
I have been teaching preschool for 2 ½ years, and love working with children. I believe that nurturing the spirit and imagination through hands on activities will help children develop a love of learning at a young age. I have been with my husband, Rich, for 15 years. We have a daughter, Avery, who is in 2nd grade and loves basketball.
I believe that putting God first is top priority, and I’m very active with my church. I feel that it is an honor and blessing to be working alongside FCC, First Steps Staff, and the children. I can’t wait to help your child create a special relationship with God, and a passion for learning.
Debbie Colson, Early Childhood Language Specialist
Debbie is a Early Childhood Teacher and Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), holding an American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s National Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP). Debbie has additional certifications as an Intervention Specialist (Spec. Ed. teacher), Reading K-12 Specialist, Hearing Intervention PreK-12 Specialist, and Pre-Kindergarten Special Needs Specialist (EEH). Debbie has 30 years of experience working in homes, schools, private practice with infants, children, and teenagers. Debbie is a former Director of a Catholic Preschool.
Amy Paden, Office Assistant
Amy is excited to be part of First Steps! She will be working in the office. Amy is married to Jonathan. They live in Huber Heights with their daughter, Hannah. Hannah attends Pathway and will be in second grade for Fall 2020! As a family, they enjoy board games, going to concerts, Young’s, zoos, parks and spending time worshiping God together. Amy is looking forward to getting to know all of you families. She says being a part of First Steps from the start is super exciting and a blessing.
Shannon Teague, Substitute Teacher & FCCHH Children’s Ministry Director
I am happily married and have four beautiful children. My family and I live in Huber Heights and have attended First Christian Church for many years. FCC is where I work as the Children’s Ministry Director. I look forward to teaching your children at First Steps Preschool about the Love of God. My background is in Early Childhood Education with 20 years of experience in education and children’s ministry.