Preschool Staff

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ROXANN MARCHESI

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOr & Teacher M/W/F am/afternoon classes

My husband, Steve and I live just a mile north of Holy Cross.  We have 2 daughters. Kristen is 19 years old and lives with the grandparents while attending U of M Dearborn. Caitlin is 17 years old, and is dual enrolled at Oxford High School and Rochester College.  Believe it or not, both girls were students here at Holy Cross Christian Preschool. I am blessed to be a member of the Holy Cross church family for over 26 years now. This will be my 13th year at Holy Cross Preschool. My educational background includes a child development associate credential, an associates degree in early childhood development, a bachelor’s in business, and hundreds (I do mean hundreds) of training hours in early childhood education. I’m looking forward to getting to know the families this year & I’m excited for the friendships, field trips, messy art projects, science experiments, Bible lessons and the organized chaos that is preschool. Just thinking about it makes my heart sing!

 
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STEPHANIE SMITH

TEACHER - M/W/F & T/TH am Classes

I am so excited to join the Holy Cross staff! I am currently living in Ortonville, and working on attaining my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Studies. I have worked as an assistant for two childcare centers, and I have watched the children of three different families on a regular basis. I started attending Holy Cross Church in March and immediately felt welcomed by Pastor Matt, staff and volunteers, and the congregation. I volunteered to help for VBS and felt so at home I emailed Roxann about the available teaching position. I'm so blessed to have this opportunity to share the love of Jesus with the children of Holy Cross and get to know their families.

 

MELISSA CLARK

AIDe - M/W/F am & afternoon Classes

I’m very blessed to be apart of the Holy Cross family, for this my 7th year. I’m excited to help and watch your children learn about the world around them and grow in God’s love. I have been married for 28 years to my husband Bob. We have two children Bryce (21) and Hanna (18), graduates of Oxford High School. I’m a member at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (since 1996) and I have lived in Ortonville for over 23 years. I have been a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) mom, on the steering committee and a caregiver. I have worked at Good ShepherdLutheran School as a preschool aide and lunch/recess monitor for 6 years. I have an associates degree in Fine Arts from Oakland Community College. I love volunteering at VBS, Sunday School and coordinating the Operation Christmas Child Program. It will be a pleasure and fun to get to know you and your children.

 

KATIE FUGITT

AIDE - T/TH am Class

My name is Kathrine Fugitt but please call me Katie! The 2017/18 school year will be my first at Holy Cross Christian Preschool and I am so excited to meet everyone! I have been working with children since I was 10 years old. I have led religious education classes, I’ve run dance camps and taught dance to a wide variety of ages. I am currently a student at Oakland Community College in the Early Childhood Development program. My passions include dance and taking care of my 2 year old niece! My faith is very important to me and attending mass with my family each week is a top priority. I am looking forward to spending a fun-filled year with the children here at Holy Cross!

 

LILY SHEPPARD

AIDE - T/TH am Class

Last year I really enjoyed working as a substitute at Holy Cross Christian Preschool, it was very rewarding to see how much the children grew over one short year. This year I am excited to be starting as a teacher’s aide. I have lived in Leonard for the past 15 years, and was educated in Oxford Schools. I am currently studying Early Childhood Education at Oakland Community College. I am excited for the opportunity to get to know and learn WITH your children this year!