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.
Amy Paden – Assistant Director
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.
Elizabeth Barnard – Teacher
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.
Tina Dunkle – Teacher
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
Hi, my name is Stephanie Feagle! I am recently married to my best friend. Together we have a dog (Ghost) and two cats (Tuna & Wednesday), who we love very much.
During high school, I participated in a graphic media and communications through a career center as well as actively participated in my youth group. I also volunteered for 6 years at a therapeutic riding center where we focused on children with both physical and mental disabilities in helping them learn basic counting, words, and colors.
After high school, I moved 3 hours from the tiny town of Cambridge, to Kettering to start my degree. Although I spent 2.5 years at The Modern College of Design, God had other plans for me as I began photographing live music with bands and musicians such as TobyMac, for King & Country, Skillet, Shinedown, Hall & Oates, and so on. Most recently, I’ve spent the last year working as a multi-trained employee at Gemini Eye Care.
Throughout my life, helping has been one of my greatest passions. Currently, I still help lead and chaperone the youth through my church in Cambridge, while also helping my current church First Christian Church of Huber Heights. Teaching, helping, and smiling are some of my favorite things to do – especially if art or music is involved. Although I’m very outgoing, there’s nothing I enjoy more than watching a movie with my husband on the couch. I sing, draw, and have also played the cello for 13 years. I’m always up for a new adventure. I can’t wait to meet you!
Emily Morgan – Teacher
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!
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.
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.