Meet Our Staff
In our office......
Lori Steuer, IUMC Preschool Director and Lead Dolphin Teacher
I began as a member of the church's task force that developed the idea, philosophy and mission of our school, and became one of two teachers in the first year of our existence in 1988. I took over as Director in 2001, but still maintain a teaching position. I have 5 children that are all alumni of IUMC Preschool and are now successfully making their own way in the world. This school has been my personal ministry for over 27 years and it has given me so much in return.
Micki Gowdy, IUMC Preschool Office, Finance and Substitute Manager
Micki received her AAS in 1999. After she and her husband moved to the Indianapolis area she became a stay at home momma/volunteer. Micki has received a variety of awards from the Girl Scouts, the schools and the programs for which she has volunteered. Once all her children were in school full time, Micki chose to change career paths and sought a degree in Finance. She graduated with honors from Ashford University, shortly after she began her new position in the preschool office.
Micki and her family have been part of the IUMC Preschool family since 2007 and are current IUMC members. She and her husband have 4 children, two of which are IUMC Preschool alumni. She and her crew continue working and volunteering at the preschool on a regular basis.
In our classrooms.......
Gina Walk, Dolphin Teacher Assistant
Gina rejoined the IUMC Preschool team as the Dolphin Assistant in 2011. She was here for 6 years when her two girls were in preschool at IUMC, between then and 2001 Gina was a pediatric nurse at Community East. She and her husband Jeff Walk have 2 girls, Sara and Annie. They also have a grandson, Braiden.
Lisa Hedges, Teddy Bear Lead Teacher and Koala Teacher Assistant
Lisa is happy to be part of the IUMC Preschool staff. Previously, she was the temporary lead teacher in the Penguin class and then the Office Manager. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Elementary Education. In 2011 Lisa earned her master's degree from Butler University in School Counseling. She has 14 years experience teaching elementary age children in MSD Warren Township. In her free time she enjoys golfing, bowling, reading, quilting and scrapbooking. She is married to Steve Hedges and they have two daughters, Lauren and Erica (both former IUMC students).
Susie Ammerman, Teddy Bear Teacher Assistant
Susie is the wife of Jerry, the mother of Jason and Jeremy and the grandmother of Jude (the perfect child, at least in grandma's eyes). She has been teaching Sunday school, preschool to 2nd grade since she was 14 years old. She loves to tell stories and read, especially to preschool children. Susie is looking forward to teaching at IUMC Preschool.
Lisa Weller, Koala Lead Teacher and Super Sub
Lisa is originally from Missouri but has lived in Indiana for twenty years, ten of them in Irvington. She and her husband have one daughter that attends IUMC. In the past, Lisa subbed in the classrooms and really enjoyed working with the children. She has a background in art that includes drawing, painting and photography. Some of her favorite things to do are taking pictures, listening to music and spending time with her family.
Lisa is excited to have the opportunity to teach and watch the students grow and learn. She hopes to make their first school year an exciting one.
Linda Hockman, Butterfly and Caterpillar Lead Teacher
Linda began teaching at IUMC Preschool in 2001. She has a lot of children, grandchildren, and great-grand children, many of whom have attended or are currently attending IUMC Preschool. Linda is the go to person for just about anything. She volunteers her time with the PAC and helps every year at the Thanksgiving Dinner and Auction. Linda loves teaching the children and working at the preschool.
Annie Walk, Butterfly and Caterpillar Teacher Assistant
Annie is a college student working on her Elementary Education degree. She began teaching at IUMC Preschool in 2013. She has worked in the Bunny room, Owl room and Turtle room. She is also an IUMC alumni! In her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends.
Bridget Heffren, Penguin Lead Teacher
Bridget and her husband have been married since 1993. They have two beautiful daughters that attended IUMC preschool: Alyssa and Lily. She has been a teacher in the Penguin class since 1997. Bridget started at IUMC Preschool when her older daughter attended. IUMC has become a second home to her family and she hopes it becomes your family's second home as well.
Mary Rudicel, Lion Lead Teacher & Penguin Teacher Assistant
Mary graduated with a BA double major in economics and psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington. She and her husband have been married and lived in Irvington for many years. They have three sons: Christopher, Sam and Daniel. She has been active in the PTSA, Benton House Home Tour, band & football booster, den mother/camp coordinator for the Cub Scouts, Project Wild facilitator (a national science foundations program), church festival booth chairman, campout coordinator, school commissioner, substitute teacher, and Sunday school teacher. She is excited to be working with your energetic and bright children!
Jo Campbell, Lion Teacher Assistant
Jo was a teacher at IUMC for many years, and has come out of "retirement" to help out at the preschool. She has a husband, three adult children and seven grandchildren. When she's not at school she is spending time with all of her family. She loves all animals! Jo has a small flock of chickens and two cats. She likes wild animals and all kinds of bugs. Jo also maintains the Church flowerbeds in addition to all the flowerbeds at her house. She enjoys spending time outside whenever possible. She is looking forward to sharing time with your children! Children always make life fun!
Fiona McKiernan, Turtle Lead Teacher and Owl PM Teacher Assistant
Fiona is the Lead teacher in the Turtle class and the Owl PM Assistant Teacher. She is originally from Australia and may greet you with a G'day. She has been married since 2001 to a great guy who's a firefighter with the Indianapolis Fire Department. She and Tom have 5 children: Bridget, Dominic, Ian, Henry, and Clara! She has been teaching at IUMC Preschool since 2007 in various classrooms. Fiona has been involved and continues to volunteer in the school as a parent volunteer and a member of the PAC (Preschool Action Committee). She has been a childcare provider and a nanny for almost 2 decades. Her education background is in Early Childhood and Development. Fiona is looking forward to teaching your children this year!
Chasity Ballard, Turtle Teacher Assistant
Chasity's Grandma, Miss Linda, convinced her to volunteer here at IUMC Preschool several years ago and now she is a teacher. Her son Matthew is an IUMC alumni and Jordan, is a current student. As a parent, she has been actively involved with the PAC and continues to volunteer and help the school. Some of her favorite events are the Thanksgiving Dinner and Auction, and The Art Gala.
Emily Reuhs, Tiger Lead Teacher
Emily is looking forward to being your child's teacher in the Tiger class this year. For the past two years, she was the assistant in the Lion class. She also taught 3rd and 4th grade in the Washington, D.C. area before having children and moving home to Indiana. She and her husband have three boys, William, Alex and Daniel. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading and exploring new places with her family and friends. Emily's primary objective for the Tiger class is to cultivate growth and progress in your children so that they are socially, emotionally and academically prepared for kindergarten next year. Our classroom activities will be based upon Indiana's Early Learning Foundations with an emphasis on hands-on, child-centered, playful learning. She can't wait for your journey together to begin!
Constance Bratton, Owl Lead Teacher and Tiger Teacher Assistant
Constance is very excited to be celebrating 31 years of marriage with her awesome husband. She is a mother of two girls, Olivia and Makayla . Constance is thrilled to be a grandparent of 2 precious little ones, Dominic is 5 and Silvia is 4. Her experience with children started very young and has continued to be her passion. The majority of her experience has been through being a mother and a preschool teacher. She has also worked in Sunday school, her own home daycare, VBS and led a children's choir. Constance has been at IUMC since 1999. Being a blessing to children as well as being a blessed by children is definitely what God has called her to do with her life. She is looking forward to a great year.
Rachel Pattison, Owl AM Teacher Assistant
Rachel is the morning assistant for the Owl class. She is the mother of two wonderful kids, one of which is an alumni of IUMC Preschool. Rachel recently received a degree in Human Services with a concentration in child and adolescent behavior. Having two children of her own, she knows how important this time is in their lives. She is looking forward to witnessing the growth within each child during the school year.
Michelle Duncan, Owl Lunch Teacher & Super Sub
Michelle married her wonderful husband in 1998 and they have a daughter, Megan. She started working at the preschool in 2009 and continues to love working with all the children each year. Michelle likes seeing them grow and get ready for kindergarten.