Meet Our Staff

 

     In our office......

 

Lori Steuer, IUMC Preschool Director and Dolphin Lead Teacher

Lori has a degree in Special Education from Indiana University and worked as a teacher in the IPS school district before embarking on the adventure of growing this ministry.  She 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.  She took over as Director in 2001, but still maintains a teaching position with one of our 4 year old classes. She has five children of her own that are all alumni of IUMC Preschool and are all now successfully navigating their own way in the world.  This school has been Lori's personal ministry for 30 years, and it has given her multiple blessings in return.

 

Micki Gowdy, IUMC Preschool Office, Finance and Substitute Manager

Micki received her AAS in 1999 in the medical field, but 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 and the schools and programs for which she has volunteered. Once all of 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 and 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.  Previously she was here for 6 years when her own children 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 and are doting grandparents to their three grandsons.

 

Lisa Hedges, Turtle Lead Teacher

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 of 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 preschool students).

 

Susie Ammerman, Turtle 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 taught Sunday school, preschool aged 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 and Teddy Bear Lead Teacher

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 who is an IUMC Preschool alumnus. 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-grandchildren, many of whom have attended or are currently attending IUMC Preschool.  Linda is our go-to person for just about anything that needs to be borrowed, fixed or created. 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, Owl and Koala 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 Koala, Owl and Turtle rooms.  She is also an IUMC alumnus! In her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends and family.

 

Bridget Heffren, Penguin Lead Teacher

Bridget started at IUMC Preschool when her oldest daughter began attending, and she has been the lead teacher in the Penguin class since 1997.  She and her husband have been married since 1993 and their two beautiful daughters Alyssa and Lily, both attended IUMC preschool. 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 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, and band & football boosters.  She has been a den mother/camp coordinator for the Cub Scouts, Project Wild facilitator (a National Science Foundation 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!

 

Madeline Gray, Lion Teacher Assistant

New to the IUMC Preschool family, Madeline started out as a sub in 2016 and is now working in the Lion room as the teacher assistant. She is currently a full-time student at Butler University working on her Bachelors in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education.  She loves her family and her three dogs, Lola, Buddy, and Holly.

 

Diane Roudebush, Owl Lunch Assistant

Diane retired in 2017 after 29 years of teaching physical education at New Palestine Elementary School.  She also coached gymnastics, cross country and track.  She has four children and seven grandchildren.  She loves to read, and she loves the Irvington neighborhood where you can frequently catch her taking walks.  She works for IUMC Preschool as our lunch assistant for the Owl class.

 

Megan Brewer, Tiger Lead Teacher

Megan became the lead teacher in the Tiger room in 2017.  Previously she taught 3rd grade, kindergarten, and preschool in other schools.  Megan has two sons, Dylan (5) and Simon (2), and has been married to her husband, Matt since 2010.  She loves to spend time with her boys, read for fun, and go on dates with her husband.

 

Maeve Laverty, Butterfly Teacher Assistant

Miss Maeve has taught at IUMC Preschool for seven years.  She is originally from Ireland and has lived in Indy for the last nine years.  She is proud mom to Jake (8), and has most recently added the title of "author" to her list of accomplishments with the completion and publication of her first book, "The Poop Book"!

 

Constance Bratton, Owl Lead Teacher and Tiger Teacher Assistant

Constance's experience with children started very young and has continued to be her passion. Not only a wonderful mother and preschool teacher, she has volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, managed her own in-home daycare, directed VBS, and led a children's choir. Constance has been at IUMC Preschool since 1999. She is very excited to be celebrating 32 years of marriage with her awesome husband, Bill.  She is the mother of two girls, Olivia and Makayla, and a grandparent to two precious little ones, Dominic (6) and Silvia (5). 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.

 

Glenda Ballard, Caterpillar Teacher Assistant

Glenda was introduced to IUMC when her son and his wife enrolled their oldest son, Matthew as a student. What started out as simply helping with her grandson's transportation to and from school, quickly turned into something more.  Retirement from the Phone Company and time on her hands, a love for children, and a "We Need Substitutes" sign, soon had her filling in for absent staff at the preschool. After 3 years of subbing, she is now excited to be the teacher assistant in the Caterpillar room.

 

Sharron McKnight, Teddy Bear Teacher Assistant

Sharron began her work with the preschool as one of our many substitutes that we hire from amongst our families.  She is now the teacher assistant in one of our two year old classes.  Before joining IUMC Preschool, Sharron started employment right out of high school at Western Electric.  She also attended school to become a dental assistant. She has been married to her husband for 42 years and they have 4 wonderful children.  She worked various jobs along the way and among the years, but being a #1 Momma was always her first priority.  She has retired from all of her jobs and now babysits her grandchildren; several of whom have attended our school.  Her own philosophy is that children need love, understanding, and a warm lap!  Now at preschool she has an extension of more little people to love and guide! She hopes to meet and help you in the growth of your little person and make lasting memories of a love of learning.

 

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