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Senior Director: Peggy Copple

Peggy has been a Christian preschool and child care director for over 25 years. She is licensed with the State of Kansas and has over 250 hours of in-service and Early Childhood education classes. She specializes in Christian curriculum and teaching. She is a member of the Association of Christian School International and has presented workshops for directors from many different states and countries. Peggy was raised in a Christian home and accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior when she was 11 years old at a Billy Graham Crusade. She is active in her churches children's ministry and loves working with the preschool children there. She believes Christian child care is a wonderful infrastructure to teach children a love for academic learning and for teaching a firm foundation about the love of Jesus. Peggy and her husband Jeff live in Edwardsville, KS. They have 2 daughters, Jill and Whitney, and 6 grandchildren. Peggy has been with South Park since April 2011 and most enjoys how open we can be about our love of God with the children.


Assistant Director/Lead-Pre-K Teacher: Teresa Arterburn

Teresa has been working in state licensed daycares and preschools since 2007. Growing up in a big family (5 siblings) Teresa knew she liked to teach early in life. She was raised and educated in the Catholic faith where God has always been a foundation in everything she has done. Teresa is happily married to her husband Steven and enjoys traveling, reading, and crafting. Teresa has been at South Park since November 2011 and loves watching the growth of children in our center. Nothing is more rewarding then watching the kids graduate to Kindergarten.


Lead Preschool Teacher: Angie Valdovino

Angie joined South Park in February 2012 and loves her work family! She has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development. Angie's favorite time with the kids is circle time because it allows her to get to know the kids on a more personal level, and the kids have 100 questions that need to be answered. Angie has a 5 year old daughter Liliana and enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and Netflix binging. Angie attends Sacred-Heart Guadalupe Church in Missouri and has a great relationship with the Lord.


Assistant Teacher: Erin Billings

Erin started working at South Park in October 2012. She has been married 13 years and she has 3 beautiful children. She loves working with children and challenging their minds. She finds most joy when working with the 2-3 year old age group. Erin loves watching children learn and grow, especially when they work at something for a long time, and watching their faces light up when they accomplish a difficult task. She has worked in daycare since she was 16 years old and is passionate about working with them. She is currently in school furthering her education in early childhood. Erin went to a Catholic school starting from kindergarten-12. She loves working for South Park because we are all family. "The staff, directors, pastors, and church families are wonderful. We are all there for each other. We treat all of the children as if they are our own."


Assistant Teacher: Adrienne Brown

Adrienne came to South Park in the fall of 2013. She has 10+ years of experience working in childcare and has taken many classes working towards a bachelor's degree in education. She loves reading, shopping and spending time with friends and family. She likes the friendly atmosphere at South Park and getting to do fun, creative things with the kids.


Assistant Teacher: Monica Lopez

Monica is the newest addition to our staff here at South Park Christian Preschool and began teaching alongside Miss Angie last November. She is from Lexington Kentucky and moved to Kansas 3 years ago. Teaching and advocating for kids has been an enormous passion that God has been cultivating over the years in Monica's life. It has been this love for children that has allowed for her to become involved in teaching, mentoring and sharing life in many different ways in the lives of young ones. She was a camp counselor and an after- school coordinator at a small preschool for a time. (A lot of the songs she sings and teaches have been brought with her from Kentucky) She was a small group leader for a beautiful bunch of 7th and 8th grade girls at her church. In 2008, she volunteered for 2 months at a non-profit school in a rural village in the southern portion of India, teaching basic English, reading and writing skills and mathematics. Last year, she completed her CASA volunteer training and is prayerfully waiting for God to open that door of advocating for kids coming from a background of abuse or neglect. Monica loves Jesus and desires to be a good steward of the gospel…especially in the hearts of little ones. She loves the outdoors and anything involving sunshine! She loves coffee and gardening and enjoys playing sand volleyball. Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 46:10 Be Still, and know that I am God


Assistant Teacher: Wendy Malloy

Wendy started working at South Park in September 2015. Wendy is married to her best friend Billy and is currently cooking baby number 5! Wendy and her husband Billy are both very active in Crest Bible Church. They are currently the youth leaders for the church, mentoring children from 6th grade to high school seniors. Wendy loves working with children and watching them grown and learn. In her free time you will often see Wendy here at Crest bible helping out in the nursery, planning youth trips, going out to sushi with her family, or at a baseball game cheering on her oldest son Wes!


Assistant Teacher/Substitute: Whitney Copple

Whitney is one of Peggys Daughters.


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