Preschool Staff
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Sherrie Gilliam

Title: Preschool Director

Phone: (615) 895-1803

Sherrie, an MTSU education grad, began working as a classroom teacher at St. Mark's Preschool in 1988 on the days her own two daughters, Elizabeth and Caroline, attended.  By 1994 she had moved into the director's seat where she continues to... Read More...

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Janet Morse

Title: Assistant Director

Janet began working in early childhood education at Smyrna Christian School in 1998 and moved to St. Mark’s Preschool in 2002.  She has been married to Randall Morse for 28 years and they have two daughters: Holly, who is in her last... Read More...

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Darcy Leach

Title: Teacher – T/TH 4’s and 5’s class and Personal Safety Instructor

Darcy has been teaching children for 15 years, with the last 3 at St. Mark’s Preschool.  She previously taught physical education to students in grades K-12 before taking time off to stay at home with daughters, Elli (9) and Maddie (7).... Read More...

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Emily Ragland

Title: Teacher – M/W/F 4’s and 5’s class

Emily is a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.  She has a master’s degree in elementary education with a focus in reading.  She previously taught in Knoxville, TN, and is very excited to get back to teaching at St.... Read More...

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Sherron Badgett

Title: M/W 2’s class and T/TH 3’s class

Sherron has loved teaching at St. Mark’s Preschool for the past 20 years.  When she’s not teaching, she enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling.  But most of all, Sherron enjoys spending time with her husband, David, their three... Read More...

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Lori Gray

Title: Teacher – M/W/F 3’s class and Personal Safety Instructor

Lori has been a preschool teacher with St. Mark’s for 21 years and a church member here at St. Mark’s since 1995.  She enjoys family time with her husband, Walt, and their daughter, son and soon to be daughter-in-law this... Read More...

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Tracyann Benefield

Title: Teacher – M/W/F and T/TH 3’s class

Tracyann has a degree from MTSU in accounting.  She is married to her husband of 22 years, Steve, and has two children, Blake (18) and Drew (15).  Tracyann was blessed to stay at home raising her children for 16 years.  During that... Read More...

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Lori Dean

Title: Teacher – T/TH and F 2’s class

Lori began working as the 2 year old teacher at St. Mark’s Preschool in the fall of 2012.  Prior to this, she worked as a substitute teacher at the preschool for several years.  Her roots at St. Mark’s extend even further as... Read More...

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Samantha Daniel

Title: T/TH and F toddler’s class

Samantha began teaching the toddler classes in 2013.  She and her husband, Fred, joined St. Marks UMC in 2000 and both their children attended preschool here beginning as toddlers through age four.  She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College... Read More...

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