Emmanuel

United Methodist Kindergarten

Educating Children Twelve Months through Kindergarten

Telephone:

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 

CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is built on 6 fundamental ideas. Each idea is unique and offers a different perspective on learning. 

 

  • to have children learn everyday phenomena in firsthand sensory ways

  • to have the child question thoughtfully and think for him/herself

  • to help children enjoy the satisfaction of solving problems and learning skills

  • to allow children to express their feelings and sense of self through dramatic play, dance, art, and literature

  • to help children begin to symbolize ideas with pictures and signs, as well as spoken words 

  • we want children to have fun as they play, since play is a young child's natural way of working

OUR STAFF

Alice Wilson

Alice Wilson is entering her 36th year in education. We are so pleased to have her back at EUMK where she taught from 1993-1996. Alice holds a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from West Virginia University. Additionally, she has an MED from the University of Memphis with an emphasis in the gifted and learning disabilities areas. Twice, Alice has studied at Harvard University during their summer program series entitled Project Zero. She is married to Bob Wilson . Their merged family includes four daughters, a son in law, and a lively three year old granddaughter, with another one arriving in September.

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.

Jean Wyatt

& Beth Hogue

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.


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-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 a Masters in Teaching, Early Childhood Education from the University of Memphis.  This is her 15th year teaching at EUMK.

Jackie Melton

& Jenny Haste

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...

Ann Kelley

& Clara Gwen Waller

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. 

Ragan Martin

& Julie Miller

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. 

 

Ragan has a Masters in Elementary Education from the University of TN and has been teaching for 10 plus years. Ragan joined the EUMK family in 2018 and will be a wonderful addition to our K3 program.

Lucy Ann Needham

& Ramona Sanders

M-F

Ramona Sanders has over 18 plus years teaching experience. She has a BSE and a M.Ed in Elementary Education from Delta State University. Upon renewing her Tennessee teaching license in 2013, she completed an extra 45 continuing education hours in early childhood. Ramona taught at EUMK previously for 6 years and is so excited about returning as a K3 teacher.

 

Lucy Ann Needham received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child & Family Studies/Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee.  She brings over 12 years teaching experience to EUMK.  Lucy Ann worked Summertime Treat at EUMK during her college years and after graduation.  She is so excited to join Ramona in our K3 program.

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 second year at Emmanuel.


Twos...

Coco Miller
& Dixie Weimar 

MWF

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

TWTH

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...

Nancy McQuillen

& Heather Gavin

TTH

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.

 

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 second year with EUMK.

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.

Shannon Pressler

& Heather Gavin 

MWF/MW

Shannon has 15 plus years teaching experience and is so excited to be returning to EUMK in the K1 room. She taught at EUMK from 2003-2013 and Second Baptist from 2013-2018. Shannon has a Music Education degree from University of Memphis.

 

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.

Jocelyn Scott

& Leslie Moffett

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.

Learning Coach

Kelly Hammontree


Kelly Hammontree has 10 plus years teaching experience and this will be my first year at EUMK. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina, and a Masters Degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy.

After Care

Cyndi Strong


Cyndi is joining EUMK as the After Care Director. She has worked in the childrens’ department and youth program at EUMC, and previously owned a nutrition store. Plans to include heath and fitness into our After Care Program are a top priority. Her greatest accomplishment is raising her four children.

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