Ms. Judith - Assistant Director​ Judith is a certified teacher of the gifted, and comes to First Friends with experience in public and private education.  She earned her doctorate in special education, gifted specialist, from University of New Orleans.

Ms. Dede - Our beloved Ms. Dede has been with First Friends since its'  inception.  A retired public school teacher, Dede is both a certified teacher and a reading specialist.  Her stellar reputation brings parents back year after year so that siblings can attend her Bluebird class.

Ms. Amanda - Director Founder and Executive Director, Amanda is excited to oversee a fun year of learning at First Friends. As the pastor's wife, she spends a great deal of time at the church with her two children, Adalyn and Alister.  She is a proud alumna of the University of Kansas

Ms. Madeline- Madeline is a talented cellist and a distinguished graduate of The Eastman School of Music. When not sharing her love of music at First Friends, she teaches early music learners and solo cello at the Vivaldi Music Academy. 

Ms. Julia -A native of Germany, Julia speaks fluent German, English, and French.  She joined First Friends last September, serving in the Lamb class for older toddlers. Julia has a strong teaching background, with experience tutoring and leading ESL and reading classes.

Meet the Teachers

Ms. Kelley -Kelley is excited to be joining the First Friends team this year and brought her daughter, Lily, for the First Friends positive experience.  She has a major role in designing the garden project and has work at Wilson Montessori on their garden project.  She is a passionate naturalist and is taking classes to become a certified naturalist.

Ms. Jolene - Jolene has been an early childhood educator for more than twelve years, gaining experience in private Montessori before becoming certified and working at Wilson Montessori.  After nine years of service at Wilson, she left to pursue her Masters in Early Childhood Education.  She is also the founder of her own educational company, Lotus Curriculum