Emmanuel

United Methodist Kindergarten

Educating Children Twelve Months through Kindergarten

Telephone:

901 754 3607

2404 Kirby Road, Memphis, TN 38119

Get to know us!

The mission of Emmanuel United Methodist Kindergarten is to provide children with a nurturing learning environment that encourages social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and cognitive development.

Our Story

In the fall of 1970, Emmanuel United Methodist Church opened its doors to young children through Emmanuel United Methodist Kindergarten. Nelie Waller founded the early childhood program which began with one class of four year olds and one class of kindergarteners. In 1988, EUMK received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

EUMK has grown to a school of 30 teachers and nearly 200 students in age groupings from Toddlers to Senior Kindergarteners. The teachers and staff strive to encourage the development of the whole child while helping students to develop a positive attitude toward learning.


At EUMK we believe in a developmentally appropriate curriculum where learning takes place through active exploration and play. Emmanuel has continually received re-accreditation from NAEYC and is proud to follow the NAEYC guidelines. EUMK is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Education.


OUR CORE VALUES

1.


Learning

Children learn by doing. 

2.


Development

Teachers accept each child where he or she is and adjust the program to the developmental needs and levels of each child.

3.


Relationships

Teachers and parents work in partnership for the benefit 
of the child.

OUR STAFF

Director

Bill has served in Education for over 30 years. 
He taught Kindergarten for 14 years and high school and junior high school special education for 16 years. He has served in school administration as an Assistant Principal and a Principal and, most recently, as the Director of Development for Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center. 

Student Relations & Enrollment Coordinator

Rena Hiatt has 20 plus years experience as a classroom teacher at EUMK. Rena joined the office staff as the Student Relations and Enrollment Coordinator in May 2016.

School Operations Coordinator

Liz Taylor has 12 years experience as a classroom teacher at EUMK. Liz joined the office staff in the fall of 2016 as the School Operations Coordinator.

Beth Hogue

& Jean Wyatt

& Reagan Frazier

Kindergarten Teachers

Beth Hogue has 36 years teaching experience and has been employed at EUMK since 1988. Beth has a BS from Lambuth University. 


Jean Wyatt has 30 plus years of teaching experience with Shelby County School system. She earned a BS in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten Endorsement from the University of Memphis.


Reagan Frazier has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies.  This is Reagan’s first year at Emmanuel.


Fours...

Pam Dickey 

& CiCi Fay

TWTH

Pam Dickey has over 27 years teaching experience and has been employed at EUMK since 1993. She earned a BA from the University of Mississippi. 


CiCi Fay has over 23 years teaching experience and holds a BS in education from the University of Arkansas.

Char Ulander

& Lynn Sutch

M-TH/F

Char Ulander has been with Emmanuel for 17 years. She previously taught in the Desoto County System. She has a BS in Elementary Education from Memphis State University. 


Lynn Sutch has 11 years of teaching experience and has been employed at EUMK since 2004. She has a BBA and a MAT from the University of Memphis. 

Jenny Haste

& Jackie Melton

M-F

 Jenny Haste has 19 years of teaching experience and has been employed at EUMK since 1996. She has a BA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Jenny is currently working on her Child Development Associate credential.


Jackie Melton has 15 years of teaching experience and a current Child Development Associate Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition.

Threes...

Clara Gwen Waller & Ann Kelley

TTH

Clara Gwen has 25 years as a classroom teacher. She has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of MS. She has her MSW in Children and Families from University of Tennessee. 


Ann Kelley has six years experience as a classroom teacher. She has a BA from Bowling Green State University. 

TWTH

Julie Miller has been teaching since 1992, with a degree in both Elementary Education and Early Childhood. She began teaching at EUMK when her own children were students here. 


Libby Rhett has a BA in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University. Libby has six years experience as a classroom teacher.

Nancy McQuillen

& Elizabeth Scott

M-F

Nancy McQuillen has a BA in communications from Samford University. She has four years of experience as a classroom teacher for 2 and 3 year olds. She also served as the director of early childhood for her church in Atlanta for the past four years. This will be her first year with EUMK. 


Elizabeth Scott has a BA in Elementary Education and brings 10+ years experience.  Elizabeth subbed for EUMK for one year and this will be her first year on staff as a teacher. 

Jocelyn Scott

& Deanna Bates

MWF

Jocelyn Scott has a BS in Early Childhood Education and over 16 years of experience. This is her sixth year at EUMK.
 

Deanna Bates worked with Shelby County Schools for 27 years.  Deanna taught kindergarten for 20 of those years.  This is Deanna’s first year at Emmanuel.


Twos...

Coco Miller
& Dixie Weimar 

TTH

Coco Miller has 10 years of education experience. She has a BS in Elementary Education and her Masters in Guidance Counseling.


Dixie Weimar is excited to be working in the twos at EUMK. She is an EUMK parent. While in graduate school, she worked at EUMK from 1998-2000. 

Laura Rahija

& Heidi Wilkey

TTH

Laura Rahija has 26 years of teaching experience and has been employed with EUMK since 2005. She holds a BS from the University of Memphis. 


Heidi Wilkey has 27 years of teaching experience and has been employed with EUMK since 2007. She has a BS from LSU.


Wendy Jenkins 

& Courtney Wages

TTH

Wendy Jenkins has a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Freed-Hardeman University.  She has been a preschool and elementary teacher for six years.

Courtney Wages has been teaching preschool age children at church during Sunday school and VBS for four years.  Courtney has a Bachelors degree from the University of Mississippi.  Courtney and her son, Hays, both attended Emmanuel. 

Toddlers...

Brooke Wilson & Heather Gavin

TTH

Brooke Wilson received a Bachelor Degree in Studies of Children's Behavior and Learning from UT Martin. She has eight years of teaching experience.


Heather Gavin has a Bachelor Degree in Professional Studies from the University of Memphis. She has been a substitute teacher and parent at EUMK. She is now teaching in the toddler room.

Lisa Spiotta & Carey Still

MWF/MW

Lisa Spiotta has a BA from University of Memphis and an Art Degree from Grad School in Atlanta, GA. This is her fifth year working with toddlers.


Carey Still has a BA in Elementary Education form the University of Mississippi. Carey has six years experience as a first grade teacher and taught elementary age homeschool for three years. She has taught in the toddler room for four years.

Leslie Moffett & Jocelyn Scott

TTH

Leslie Moffett has a BA in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University. She has six years of teaching experience.


Jocelyn Scott has a BS in Early Childhood Education and has over 16 years experience. This is her sixth year at EUMK.

MUSIC

Meghan Ewing


Meghan Ewing taught elementary music in Shelby County Schools for six years. She taught preschool music for two years and is very excited about her new journey at Emmanuel.

SPANISH

Ashley Pera


Ashley Pera has a Masters in Education and brings over 15 years of teaching experience. Ashley has been at Emmanuel for 12 years as a parent, sub and/or teacher.

PARENT COUNCIL

The Parent Council is made up of approximately 16-20 EUMK parents who work together to support EUMK and to coordinate certain volunteer opportunities, fellowship events, and fund raising activities. The group consists of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary as well as other members who are dedicated to the students, the families and the staff of EUMK.


PARENT COUNCIL MISSION STATEMENT

The EUMK Parent Council is committed to encouraging involvement of parents, teachers, and staff to provide a high quality, creative, and secure learning environment where our children can grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.


To accomplish this mission the Parent Council will:


1. Act as a liaison between parents, teachers, and staff

2. Promote family unity and development

3. Support faculty, staff, and families

4. Initiate and execute fundraising activities for the school




PARENT COUNCIL ACTIVITIES

FAMILY FOOD TRUCK PARTIES

a night of fun and fellowship for students and families


FALL FUNDRAISER

major fundraiser for the year which is usually held in October/November


FALL AND SPRING CHARITY PROJECTS

recent projects supported Perea Preschool, Lester Elementary School, Jacob's Ladder and The Child Advocacy Center

BOOK FAIR

a fun week to support EUMK while shopping 

TEACHER APPRECIATION EVENTS

a variety of activities to honor the EUMK staff, including lunches throughout the year, Silent Auction and Parent Party, an end of the year dinner, and Teacher Appreciation Week in the spring