The Early Learning Center at MTCS has a fantastic, fun-loving group of teachers and staff. We have a lot in common when it comes to our education and training. Some of us have graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with degrees in education, and many of us have completed training at Motlow State Community College through the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance. We love this school so much, we’ve even had our own children or grandchildren come through as students.
Names, faces and fun tidbits
I’m Donna Massa (Mrs. Massa). I’m a lead teacher for 3-year-old students, wife, and mom to a current MTCS student and two graduates. I’ve been working here since 2006, and I just love the amazing family atmosphere. Having worked with preschool age children since 2003, I think it’s a blessing to watch them grow from their earliest stage of education. I also love cooking, reading and classic car shows.
I’m Jenny Fraser (Mrs. Fraser). I’ve been here since 2007 as a lead teacher for 3-year-old students. Having also worked in public education, I just love that God is in the center of our day here and I can speak openly with co-workers, students and parents about Jesus. I also love reading, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with my husband and sons, both MTCS graduates.
I’m Leslie Coker (Mrs. Coker). Since 2014, I’ve been the Extended Care coordinator, managing programs for before and after school, Fall Break, Spring Break and Summer Camp. I originally came here in 2012. My husband and I have three daughters at MTCS, and we truly appreciate how much the school invests in and loves our family. I also enjoy being an elementary cheerleading coordinator and Girl Scout troop leader.
I’m Chris Chichuck (Mrs. Chichuck). I’m a lead teacher of 4-year-old students. I came here in 2003 as a member of the Extended Care team. My daughter is an MTCS graduate and my son is a current student at MTCS, and I’m amazed at the outpouring of emotional and spiritual support from the administration, faculty, staff and all of the families. Away from school, some of my favorite things are being active in my church, cooking and baking.
I’m Joyce Wright (Mrs. Wright). I’m a lead teacher. I’ve been teaching 4-year-old students here since 1995, and I love working in a Christian environment. My husband and I have three children and six grandchildren. Two of our children and one of our grandchildren are MTCS alumni. In my spare time, I enjoy church activities, mission trips, sewing and crafting.
I’m Kelly Smotherman (Mrs. Smotherman). I’m a lead teacher to 4-year-old students, and I’ve been teaching here since 1997. I love coming to work where I can praise God, share faith, pray for those in need and work with Godly people who influence me to be better. My husband and I have two sons. Both are Alpha Omega graduates of MTCS, and it was a joy to join them on class trips. In my spare time, I like to read and garden.
I’m Jennifer Hopkins (Mrs. Hopkins). I’m the director of the Early Learning Center and our Extended Care program. I’ve also taught at MTCS and in public education. My favorite thing about working here is seeing God at work in our students, administration, faculty and staff. I also enjoy supporting our sports and service activities. Outside of work, I like to spend time with my husband, our daughter who is an MTCS student & friends.
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