Preschool Staff




My husband, Steve and I have 2 daughters. Kristen is 21 years old and attends U of M Dearborn, pursuing a degree in genetic counseling. Caitlin is 19 years old, and attends Ferris State University, pursuing a degree in industrial chemistry. Both girls were students here at Holy Cross Christian Preschool. I am blessed to be a member of the Holy Cross church family for almost 30 years now. I've been serving in the preschool ministry since 2004. My educational background includes a child development associate credential, an associate's 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 students and their families this year and 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!




Hello!  My name is Lori Phelps, more commonly known as Ms Lori! I am excited and grateful to be serving at Holy Cross Christian Preschool! I joined the staff in 2017. I was raised in Oxford and chose to raise my family here as well. My husband Tony and I have been married since 1995 and we are the proud parents of 3 daughters. Our girls are all students and/or graduates of Oxford Schools and two of the three girls are former Holy Cross students! I have the joy of having more than 30 years of experience working with children, whether working in daycare, teaching preschool, babysitting, teaching dance or raising my own children. While working toward my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development, I had the opportunity to open my own dance studio in Oxford where I have been teaching dance for all ages, levels and style for more than 20 years! I am excited to not only continue teaching dance and running the dance studio, but also to be back in preschool classrooms! I am looking forward to getting to know the students and families at Holy Cross.

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I am a proud graduate of U of M (GO BLUE!), I have my bachelors in elementary education and endorsement in early childhood. My husband, Matthew and I have 3 children. Noah is 11 and in middle school now, Marie is 8 and in the 3rd grade, and Elizabeth is 5 and just started Kindergarten. We have lived in Oxford since 2009, and we LOVE it. Our two youngest attended Holy Cross so now it's my turn to be a part of this amazing school!




I’m very blessed to be apart of the Holy Cross family since 2010. 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 29 years to my husband Bob. We have two children Bryce (23) and Hanna (20), graduates of Oxford High School. I’m a member at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (since 1996) and I have lived in Ortonville for over 25 years. I have been a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) mom, on the steering committee and a caregiver. I have worked at Good Shepherd Lutheran 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.




Hello everyone! My name is Katie Fugitt. I am a teacher's aide and absolutely love it! I love being around the kids, getting to know them, watching them grow, and learn about Jesus. I have a few years experience in the preschool class room and 8 years experience of being a dance instructor. I'm so excited for what's to come in God's plan for me and to teach again this year. 


Pam Carron


My name is Pam Carron or “Miss Pam”. I will be in the Monday/Wednesday/Friday morning preschool class to help my little friend Brigston make the most of his time in the class. I taught Early Intervention (Early Childhood Special Education) in the Lake Orion School District for 25 years. Brigston was my student when he was just a month old! I retired from teaching a little over a year ago but I am blessed to continue working with Brigy. I am so excited that he is attending preschool where his older sister and brother did! I’d like to thank everyone at Holy Cross for such a warm welcome. Mrs. Marchesi’s classroom is the best!


Beth Rudnicki


After being a stay-at-home mom for the past twelve years, I am very excited and blessed to be a part of the Holy Cross Christian Preschool family. I am an Oxford resident (relatively new) who lives with my husband (Mark), two sons (Devin & Nathan), and daughter (Mallory). My oldest attends Oxford Middle School and the two youngest attend Lakeville Elementary. We have several pets; including a dog, turtles, hamsters and multiple fish. I am a graduate from Walsh College, where I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. I am going into my fifth year of volunteering with child care at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church during their Monday catechism program. Though my educational background is in business, my volunteer work has consistently led me to caring for young children. Working with children brings me great joy, and I value my role supporting the Holy Cross staff and parents in their journey. I feel privileged to be joining this amazing team and to facilitate growth and learning for the children.