Our Teachers

Kelli Young

3's & 4's Co-op Lead Preschool Teacher

269/649-2343 ext. 106

heartandhands@vicksburgumc.org

 

Hello! My name is Kelli Young and I am the director at Heart & Hands as well as the lead teacher of the 3's and 4's Co-op classes. I graduated from Western Michigan University in 2013 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I hold a teaching certificate with an Early Childhood endorsement. 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! Preschool quickly became my favorite age group to teach because we have the privilege of being their first taste of formal education. It is so much fun and a true pleasure to be their teacher! 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.

Stephanie Sinon

5-day 4's program Lead Preschool Teacher

 

Hello. My name is Stephanie Sinon. I am the lead teacher for the 5-day 4's program and the assistant director at Heart & Hands. I have been working in the Early Childhood field since 2008. I completed my CDA certification in Early Childhood through Ellis University. I also have my Bachelors degree from Ferris State and Rochester College in Secondary Education and Early Education. I have worked with children of various ages in many different settings but preschool is my favorite. I believe that students should have the opportunity to feel safe while learning and should feel respected. I love having the opportunity to work in a position that makes a difference in the lives of children in the community. I strongly believe that building relationships with the children and their families plays a key role in being able to effectively prepare a child for their lifelong adventure of learning.  I believe the role of the teacher is to facilitate learning but more importantly, to be an example of kindness and compassion, so that every child has the opportunity to explore the need of these qualities in their social experiences. I live in Portage with my husband Ross and two daughters Lillian and Allie. We love spending time together as a family playing games and reading books.

Lindsey DeGraaf

3's & 4's Co-op Assistant Preschool Teacher

 

Hi there! I am Lindsey DeGraaf and I am the assistant teacher of the 3's and 4's Co-op classes. I attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College for 2 years in the Graphic Design program. While I love art and design, I have always had a desire to work with children. I have several years of childcare experience in centers and as a nanny. I am currently working on my CDA credential. I love working in this amazing preschool program and watching the children learn and grow! I feel very fortunate to be a part of the process. I live in Vicksburg with my husband Micheal and our son Reed and daughter Sydney. I love time with my family, decorating, reading, and running.

Courtney Zenz

5-day Assistant Preschool Teacher

 

Hello! I’m Courtney Zenz and I am the assistant teacher of the 5-day class. I graduated from Western Michigan University in 2013 with a degree in English, but I have worked in the elementary and early childhood education fields for over 10 years. I’m currently seeking my Masters in Early Childhood Education. I believe that the classroom should be a safe and fun learning environment, where children are free to explore and learn and I get to teach unique and eager learners. I live in Vicksburg with my husband, our daughter Emmie and our son Isaac. We also have two dogs and a cat!

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