Our Teachers

Amber Morris

5-day Lead Preschool Teacher

269/649-2343 ext. 106



Hi. My name is Amber Morris. I am the lead teacher in the 5-day class and director of Heart and Hands Christian Preschool. I graduated from Western Michigan University in December of 2008 with a degree in elementary education. I also have an Early Childhood endorsement and an Integrated Creative Arts minor. I am passionate about introducing young children to formal education. I believe every child can be a successful learner and it is my goal that every graduate of this preschool program will enter Kindergarten with confidence in themselves and above average academic readiness. My husband, Mark, and I live in Portage with our three children Emma, Josh and Molly.  In my free time I enjoy reading mystery novels, playing games with my family and traveling.


Kelli Young

Co-op Lead Preschool Teacher


Hello! I'm Kelli Young and I am the lead teacher of the co-op 3's and 4's classes. I graduated from Western Michigan University in 2013 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I love being part of a co-op program where I can work alongside parents and families to ensure their child is successful while they learn and discover so many new things about our world and themselves. I am passionate about developing relationships with my students so they feel loved and confident in our classroom! I live in portage with my husband Tyler and two daughters, Penelope and Eloise. I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the beach, reading, and being outside.


Amber Smith

5-day Assistant Preschool Teacher


Hello families! My name is Amber Smith, I am the assistant teacher in the five-day class. I started at Heart and Hands in September 2015, before that I lived in Georgia where I began my journey as a preschool teacher and taught for several years. My family and I are originally from Indiana but moved from Georgia to Michigan in the Summer of 2014. My husband Robert and I live in Vicksburg with our children Adam and Emma. I achieved my Child Development Associate (CDA) in 2017. Preschool is the foundation of a child's education. I strive to make sure all of my students leave my classroom prepared to begin their educational journey with a solid foundation. Preschool can sometimes be about drying tears, calming tantrums, wiping noses and washing sticky fingers but the look on a child's face after mastering a new skill makes all those other things worth doing. Preschoolers pull out the pure innocence in you and that is why I love teaching preschool!


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