Preschool Staff

Mrs. Keisha Huggins
Mrs. Keisha HugginsPreschool Director
— Graduate of Broken Arrow High School, 2003
— Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern State University, 2008
— Masters Degree in ECED from NSU, 2011
— Completed Leadership Academy through the University of Oklahoma and CECPD
— Obtained Child Development Associate credential through University of Oklahoma and CECPD
— Platinum level Director’s credential
— Oklahoma district Early Childhood consultant for Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
–15 years of experience in Early Childhood, 14 of them here at Immanuel

“Kiddos keep us young and remind us daily about what is truly important in life. Watching them develop a love and relationship with Jesus is what it’s all about. They make ‘work’ fun, and they constantly bring me endless amounts of joy. :)”

*Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created. Revelations 4:11*

Mrs. Rachelle Shelton
Mrs. Rachelle SheltonPreschool Assistant Director
–has 20 years of experience working with young children, 12 of those here at ILCA Preschool

“I love working with kids because they are funny, honest, and give the best high fives and hugs. I love being able to have the opportunity to watch them start as infants: learn to roll over, sit up, crawl, walk, talk, sing, say silly things, and just turn into their own little awesome people.”

*She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. Proverbs 31:25-26*

Mrs. Angela Koepsel
Mrs. Angela KoepselInfant Teacher: Tiny Tots Trail
Mrs. Kathy Stewart
Mrs. Kathy StewartInfant Teacher: Tiny Tot Trail
–has 22 years of experience working with young children; 5 years of experience here at ILCA Preschool

“I love watching children grow; I love their hugs; I love molding their lives with Jesus’ love through songs, reading books to them, and our daily interactions.”

*I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13*

Mrs. Sarah Powell
Mrs. Sarah PowellInfant Teacher: Doodlebug Drive
— Tulsa Technology Center for Early Childhood Development
— Certificate of Mastery from Tulsa Tech
— 15 years of Early Childhood experience, 6 years here at ILCA Preschool

“I love watching children explore the world around them, discovering new things, and growing up learning how much they are loved by God. They remind me each day to relax, enjoy the little things in life, and the slow down! Childhood is such a precious time and should be cherished.”

*Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eye can see. We walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7*

Ms. Kimberly Baird
Ms. Kimberly BairdInfant Teacher: Doodlebug Drive
–B.S. Degree in Elementary Education, Social Science Major from Concordia University, Seward, NB 1978
–30 years of experience in Early Childhood, 6 years here at ILCA Preschool

“God placed the desire in my heart to work with children at an early age; it all began when I was a 1st grader. I enjoy sharing God’s love with children, helping them learn, and instilling in them a loving and caring attitude to ALL people. Children are like little ‘sponges’; they absorb everything- and there is so much for them to learn. It is very rewarding to see their development change from the beginning of the year to the end. They are ALL God’s children and He knows the plans He has for them, I just help guide them there.”

*For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11*

Miss Haley Smith
Miss Haley SmithOne Year Old Teacher: Butterfly Boardwalk
–Graduate of Broken Arrow High School
–Currently enrolled in 4th Semester of college at TCC to continue nursing degree
–3 years of experience with kiddos, 2.5 of those here at ILCA Preschool

“Working with kids has taught me many things- how to be patient, how to find happiness in the little things, responsibility, and most importantly, how to love with a full heart. Watching these kids learn new things, forgive each other, love on each other, and meet milestones is the most rewarding thing. I love the excitement!”

*Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8*

*By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established… Proverbs 24:3*

Ms. Julie Boevers
Ms. Julie BoeversOne Year Old Teacher: Caterpillar Court
–Some college classes in Early Childhood
— 31 years of experience in Early Childhood, 5 years here at ILCA Preschool

“I love being a part of my little kiddos learning things for the first time!”

*I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13*

Mrs. Traci Ward
Mrs. Traci WardOlder One Year Old Teacher: Rainbow Road
–Graduate of Metro Christian Academy
— College experience at Tulsa Community College
— 17 years of experience in Early Childhood, 3 of them here at ILCA Preschool

“I love to watch them grow and change during the year! I love that they are seo excited to see me and I get sweet hugs all day long.”

*I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13*

Mrs. Tawnya Torres
Mrs. Tawnya TorresYounger Two Year Old Teacher: Roly Poly Road
— 23 years of experience in Early Childhood, 3 of them here at ILCA Preschool

“I love watching children flourish and grow. There is no better feeling than when you see the light in a child’s eyes when you give them the tools and encouragement to grow and thrive.”

*Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6*

Mrs. Betsy Fleming
Mrs. Betsy FlemingOlder Two Year Old Teacher: Jellybean Junction
–Bachelors in Education from Oklahoma State University, with a concentration in French
–11 years of experience in education, 3.5 years here at ILCA Preschool

“I love working with children because they make each day brand new and keep me laughing everyday! I love seeing them grow and the look and excitement when they do or learn something new! I love their pure sweet hearts and the joy they can spread with a smile or a hug. Most of all, I believe all children are gifts from God and I feel blessed to take care of them for our sweet families at ILCAP! :)”

*For by Grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9*

Mrs. Ashley Walker
Mrs. Ashley WalkerOlder Two Year Old Teacher: Wiggle Worm Way
–Graduate of Broken Arrow high School
–College experience at Tulsa Community College
–3/4 of CDA courses complete
–10 years of experience in Early Childhood, 8 of those at ILCA Preschool

“The days you feel like you’re making a difference are the days one of your kids does something you taught them on their own, sings a song you’ve sang a thousand times to them or sweetly comforts a friend the same way you’ve comforted them. Those days remind you that you’re giving sweet babies a sold foundation of love for Jesus and others, and that we are molding them to be amazing big people one day. They also say HILARIOUS things all day long! :)”

*When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalms 61:2
Mightier than the waves of the sea is His love for you. Psalms 93:4*

Ms. Stacy Blackwell
Ms. Stacy BlackwellThree Year Old Teacher: Busy Bees Boulevard
–Some college experience
–Years of training classes
–20+ years of experience in Early Childhood Education, 6 years here at ILCA Preschool

“My favorite thing about teaching at this age (3) is watching a child have that “Ahh-ha!” moment when they have been working really hard on something- whether that may be writing their name, building, or treating others with kindness and compassion. Then when they move on to Pre-K, they have the skills to function in that capacity.”

*Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7*

Mrs. Samantha Heredia
Mrs. Samantha HerediaThree Year Old Teacher: All Star Alley
–Bachelor of Arts/Psychology & Counseling, Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO
–8+ years experience with small children, about 1.5 years here at Immanuel

“Kids are the future. I love investing in our littles and teaching them about the love of Christ. Their hearts and minds will change the world and playing a small part in that is nothing short of a BIG deal. <3”

*O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live in your name I will lift up my hands. Psalms 63:1-4*

Mrs. Rachel McGrew
Mrs. Rachel McGrewThree Year Old Teacher: Safari Drive
— Associates in Early Childhood Education from Tulsa Community College
— Bachelors in Social Work from Northeastern State University
–15 years of experience working in Early Childhood, 5 of those years here at Immanuel

“Working with kids is the BEST! They are carefree, silly, creative, loving, honest, forgiving, funny, accepting of everyone, have endless energy, and they have HUGE imaginations! I love being able to teach them all about the world around them and how much Jesus loves them every day! Working with kids reminds me that every day is a gift from God, and we should cherish that gift fully…each and every day.”

*For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift from God. Ephesians 2:8*

Mrs. Bayly Worthington
Mrs. Bayly WorthingtonTransitional Pre-K Teacher: Ladybug Lane
— Associates degree in Early Childhood Education
— 8 years of experience working with children, 5 of those here at Immanuel

I love working with kids because I love knowing that I’m impacting a child’s life, whether that be big or small. It is so rewarding and fulfilling when they remember a Bible story or a lesson you taught months before.”

*Be still and know that I am God. Psalms 46:10*

Ms. Emmy Jackson
Ms. Emmy JacksonPre-K Teacher: Lizard Lane
–Graduate of Union High School, 1997
–Tulsa Technology Center Administrative Certificate, 1997
–Tulsa Community College Associates in Liberal Arts, 2008
–Studied Business at Concordia University in Austin, TX, 2009
–21 years of experience in Early Childhood, this is her first year at ILCA Preschool

“I LOVE working with children because I like to see their minds working and connections being made. When interacting with children you never know what they are going to say or do! They keep you on your toes and always amaze me. I can never have a bad day at work when I am teaching little ones. There is never a dull moment!”

*Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6*

Mrs. Neva Hayley
Mrs. Neva HayleyPre-K Teacher: Terrific Tigers Trail
–B.S in Elementary Education
–Early Childhood Teacher Certification
–Cain and Abel were in my first preschool class. :)
–This is Neva’s 6th year here at ILCA Preschool.

“I love working with kids because every day is a new adventure. I love seeing their eyes light up when they ‘catch’ a new concept.”

*Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6*