Our Teachers

Psalm 32:8, NIV: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you

Mrs. Eskoff

I have had the pleasure of teaching preschool at First Church for many years.  I am a graduate of Northern Illinois University and I have taught children of all ages.  I enjoy working with preschool children; they are always full of excitement and joy.

Mrs. Marchyshyn

My educational background includes a Bachelors and an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I have always loved working with young children and love to see the world through their eyes. So much for them is a new discovery, and it is such a blessing to be a part of that.

Mrs. McCloud

I am a Pre-K teacher here at First Church Preschool. My background includes a BA in Elementary Education from Aurora University. I’ve worked with children in several capacities most of my life, including teaching Kindergarten. Preschoolers bring me such joy! They make me smile and I learn from them each day.

Mrs. Morrissey

I have had the privilege of working with each age group over many years at First Church Preschool. I attended Elgin Community College, have taken continuing education workshops, classes and seminars relating to Early Childhood Education.  The best part of my job is being able to witness the magic of a young child’s day and sharing in their excitement.  It is a blessing to be a teacher at First Church Preschool.

Mrs. Obermeier

I received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. My experience includes teaching in preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms, but preschool is where my heart lies. It is so wonderful to be a part of a great staff and work with amazing families.

Mrs. Pedersen

It is a pleasure to serve as Director at First Church Preschool. My experience in the administration and the classroom has been enriched by working with many talented colleagues.   I hold an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and have had the pleasure of working in Early Childhood for over forty years.   Children have always been my passion, are the best teachers, and are a delight to be around.   

Mrs. Ray

I am excited to have the opportunity to teach in the multi-age classroom of three and four year old children.  My educational background includes a BS degree in Elementary Education and experience working with children in the preschool level.  It is a blessing to be a part of a great staff and community.

Mrs. Shields

I grew up in Crystal Lake and attended the University of Iowa for a BA in Elementary Education with an emphasis in early literacy. I sent both of my children to FCP, and after experiencing the program as a parent I am honored to have the opportunity to now teach here, as well. My goal as a teacher is to create a loving, fun and safe environment that your child will look forward to every day.

Mrs. Slatter

I am a three and four year old teacher at First Church Preschool. For many years, I was director of The Parent’s Morning out Program at First Church.  The wonder of learning inspires me.  I am a graduate of Illinois State University and feel blessed to be here on staff.

Mrs. Vepley

I have been teaching at First Church Preschool since March 2013.  Before starting here, I worked with children in a preschool in Woodstock for six years.  I am currently teaching in the two and three year old classrooms.  It is a blessing to come to work every day and do what I love to do, work with children.

Mrs. Weyna

I am a Pre-K teacher here at First Church Preschool. I earned an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have enjoyed caring for and teaching children of all ages for over thirty years.  The unconditional love that I receive from students every day makes me believe my job is a true blessing.

From our families

An exceptional preschool experience described by our numerous happy FCP families!

  • We are new to FCP this year and have truly been blown away by the teachers, staff, and community. Everything runs smoothly from drop off to pick up and the communication with teachers is excellent. Just halfway through the school year and we can the growth in our children; both academically and socially. We love the atmosphere the school provides with the colored room doors and the student's art decorated along the hallway; an improvement from our previous preschool. We have two children enrolled currently and we are excited for our youngest to start in the coming years.

    Amber Preskenis Avatar Amber Preskenis
    January 22, 2023

    All four of our children have attended First, and we’ve loved all of their experiences. The staff members are warm and loving and well versed in best practices for early childhood. I’ve alwaus felt my kids have been prepared for kindergarten.

    Courtenay Sterzik Avatar Courtenay Sterzik
    February 5, 2019

    Both of my children attended First Church Preschool and loved it! The teachers are wonderful and both of my kids were prepared for kindergarten!! I would highly recommend this preschool!

    Megan Montanye Avatar Megan Montanye
    February 5, 2019
  • This is a wonderful preschool. It's warm and inviting and both of my children have grown so much here. The children are well prepared for kindergarten and the staff is excellent. When we lost my father in law unexpectedly this last school year the staff was aware and gave extra attention to my daughter and her needs during the difficult time. I couldn't say enough good things!

    Hannah Davis Avatar Hannah Davis
    February 5, 2019

    This is the new ‘elite’ preschool in Crystal Lake! From highly educated, caring and compassionate staff, to a beautiful and comfortable facility, this school is where you want your favorite little people to be! They strive to teach love and kindness, and filter in important academics naturally in a fun and hands-on environment. I’m so proud to have this school in our wonderful town!

    Jamie Martinez Avatar Jamie Martinez
    February 5, 2018

    My son just graduated after 2 years in the pre K program, and I'm amazed at his growth interacting with other kids, as well as his confidence and knowledge. His teachers were amazing, and this is the only pre K awarded Illinois silver award! Send your child to the best!

    Cycle Racer Avatar Cycle Racer
    February 5, 2017
  • We have sent all 3 of our children to FCP, and we could not love it more! It has provided our kids a wonderful faith-based education and has prepared them academically and socially for Kindergarten. All of the teachers and staff are amazing! They truly care about each and every student and family, always going above and beyond. We are so excited to have several more years here!

    Ashley Obermeier Avatar Ashley Obermeier
    January 15, 2023

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