JMC Preschool

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me..."

Matthew 19:14

We serve children from age 2 until they start kindergarten. The preschool follows the same holiday, vacation and inclement weather schedules as the Johnston County Public Schools traditional calendar, September - May. The hours of operation are 9:00am - 1:00pm, Monday - Thursday.

Our mission is to first and foremost love, serve and honor our Lord, Jesus Christ. We strive to instill into each child the love that Christ has for them and to be role models of Christian values. We aim to provide children with learning experiences that will help them develop strengths & skills necessary to prepare them for their next school environment.

Daily Activities

We know that consistency gives children security. Our daily schedule of activities helps build trust between the children and teachers.
JMC Preschool students grow physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually and spiritually.

Daily Activities may be altered for the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID.
Morning Play/Table Top Activities 
Each child is offered a variety of hands on activities including blocks, counters, puzzles and other manipulatives. In addition to improving physical and cognitive skills, this child-directed activity enhances the ability to share and take turns.

Assembly Time
We meet in the Sanctuary or Fellowship Hall each morning. A morning prayer begins the session followed by pledges, music, movement and worship.

Snack/Lunch 
All classes are given a snack. (Each class has an individual plan for how snacks are provided.) Two years and up bring a daily lunch from home.


Circle Time and Class Time
These teacher-directed times introduce the children to the theme and concepts of the day. A Bible story is shared and discussed. We pray with the children and read to them. They share experiences, sing and listen to music. We discuss the weather, seasons and calendar. Throughout the day, we provide hands-on learning activities and crafts using themed units to introduce colors, shapes, math (i.e., counting, number recognition and sorting) and the alphabet. Literacy lessons are included in the four year old program to further demonstrate letter recognition, sounds and writing.

Outdoor Free Play  
The children have daily free play outside on our playground equipment, as long as the weather permits.

Meet Our Team

Sara Stewart

JMC Preschool Director
I have a heart for educating children. With a formal background in Elementary & PreK education, I bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the JMC.Preschool team. I am very proud of the ministry that has been built by many at JMCP and feel extremely blessed with a staff who love Jesus, love children, and love teaching children about Jesus. I have lived in this community for over 20 years and my family currently resides in the Cleveland School area. My husband, Kevin and I are active, dedicated members of JMC and serve in many capacities. 

Dana Dillon

Assistant Director
I was born and raised in McGees Crossroads. I have attended JMC my whole life and serve in many areas of ministry. I started at JMCP when my boys were little and it has been a blessing. 

Shanon Partin

4's Teacher
I have been a teacher at JMCP for 18 years.  My family and I are members at JMC and we love the Lord.  My husband, Jason and I, have two boys (Austin and Dillon) that both attend college at Shenandoah University in VA. They are both College Baseball players and are the joy of my heart!  I was called to teach when I was very young and after I had my boys God called me to JMCP.  Once I knew teaching preschool was my life’s calling I went back to college and got my Certification at Wake Tech to teach Preschool.  I am honored and blessed daily to love on and teach children about Jesus and his love. It’s one of my life’s greatest blessings to teach!

Kristy Antrobus

4's Teacher
I have been teaching at JMCP since 2015. I started my teaching journey in 2002.  I am a member of Shiloh Baptist Church where I serve as the Children's Ministry and VBS Director. I am a proud Mommy to two beautiful girls.. I am happily married to my husband Jeremy for 11 years. When I am not teaching, I enjoy volunteering at my girls school as the PTA President, crafting, and spending time with my family. I have always wanted to be a teacher since I was 5 years old, and I am so grateful God can use me in this ministry.
I enjoy teaching children on the level where they are! I love seeing them grow spiritually and academically.

Tammy Dodds

4's Teacher
I was born in Maryland but grew up in a small town of Virginia.  I am the proud mother of one son, Dylan, who is now in college and a dedicated wife to my amazing husband, Jeff, of 30 years. We are an adventurous, fun, loving family.  I attended the University of Virginia. I worked in Procurement and Contract Management until the birth of my son.  I always knew, even at a young age, that God was calling me to be a teacher.  I finally began my teaching journey in 2009. I am proud to call JMC my home church and beyond blessed that I have been working as a preschool teacher at JMCP for 8 years.  My goal is for every child to feel safe and loved while growing both academically and spiritually.

Nancy Mundinger

4's Teacher
My first passion is for Jesus. I embraced my relationship with our Lord at a Billy Graham crusade when I was 16. He has blessed me so much since. I have been blessed with a husband of 25 years. We met while I was at Nyack Missionary college located on the beautiful Hudson River in NY. God blessed us with 4 children and a son in law. My oldest daughter Jessica and her husband Mike recently graduated from Mid Atlantic Christian University. Our son, Thomas went to be with the Lord last year. Our girls Alessandra, 12, and Samantha, 9 yrs old, attend Southside Christian school in Clayton. God first called me to teach over 16 yrs ago, and in 2016 has blessed me with a home at JMCP. I am always excited to see how God will bless me next.

Amanda Reeves

3's Teacher
I am Johnston County native and proud graduate of The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I have been a part of JMCP preschool since 2016 and love every aspect of teaching little ones. I believe in fun and creative learning, lots of hugs and encouragement, and silly band-aids. In addition to teaching preschool, I am involved in different children ministries within my church. I am married to my husband, Tim, and we have two children, Noah and Lily. Although, my children’s extracurricular activities keep our family busy we do enjoy swimming and RV camping in our spare time.

Sarah Taylor

3's Teacher
I’ve lived in Johnston county pretty much my whole life, and I’ve wanted to be a teacher ever since I was a little girl. Up until this year, I’ve been doing just that at the elementary school level, but have always loved preschool age children. I have a wonderful husband that always supports my dreams, and a beautiful black cat that can do no wrong in my eyes. I love all things Disney, Broadway musicals, and Christmas (decorations go up mid-November). I’m so excited to teach young hearts about Jesus and help lay the groundwork for their education and future!

Heather Sides

3's Teacher
Heather leads the JMC.Kids ministry for Infants – PreK. God has led her on a path to serve the children of this wonderful community. In our nursery and preschool classes, Heather teaches God’s love through music, crafts, games, and reading the Bible. Heather and her husband, Kenny are dedicated members of JMC and serve in several areas. Kenny actively serves on the security & parking team and Heather is also one of our beloved JMC.Preschool teachers. They reside in Angier with their two beautiful daughters.

Misty Byrd

2's Teacher
I have had the wonderful opportunity to live and travel all over the US. I grew up in a military family, and was born in San Diego, CA. Growing up, I lived in CA, FL, IL, and NC twice! My husband, Collin was born and raised in McGee’s and we love raising our family in here. We have been married for 16 years, and have two amazing daughters Olivia, 13, and Audrey, 7. We are a musical family - my husband plays the guitar, I love to sing, and both of my children play the piano. I am so privileged to be able to work with the children in our preschool. I aspire to show God’s love through music, and allow the children a safe place to explore music and motion, and to develop confidence. I am a Campbell Grad, and hold a degree in biology and environmental science. We are members of Piney Grove Chapel Baptist in Angier, NC.

Nicole Beckham

4's Teacher Assistant
I live in the McGee’s Crossroads area with my husband, Mike, and our two little girls; seven year old Palmer and four year old Charli, both who have proudly attended JMCP. Before joining our wonderful staff two years ago, I was a substitute teacher for our local school system. I strongly believe in the importance early childhood education and feel so blessed we can share the love of Jesus in our Christ-centered preschool. Children of this age are such a joy to watch learn and grow and I am thankful to play a small part in your child’s journey. In my spare time I love to cook and especially bake for my family and friends. I also enjoy cleaning and organizing which certainly has its advantage in our environment!

Renee Shabbott

4's Teacher Assistant
I have lived in Virginia my entire life until I met my husband Adam in 2012. I am an Army spouse, and we have 2 amazing kids; Cambree (6) and Blane (4). We have been back in NC for 2 years now. We enjoy going to church here at JMC. I love spending time with family/friends, shopping, working out, the beach, going out on the boat, and being a mom! This will be my first full year as an assistant teacher at JMCP and I am excited to see your children grow!

Amanda Carroll

3's Teacher Assistant
I was born and raised in Johnston county and I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. I taught Sunday school for 30 years at my church Mt Zion UMC. Two of my grandkids went through this preschool program  and that's when I learned what a special place this was, and how much love is given to each child from everyone. In 2015, my husband passed away and during a very difficult time, God opened the door for me to become an assistant at JMC Preschool. It has been such a blessing to be part of a loving and  caring, christian preschool.

Ashley Hodges

2's Teacher Assistant
Hi! My name is Ashley and I am originally from South Florida. I have lived in NC with my husband since 2010. We have two amazing children named Ayla and Darren and a big chocolate lab named Remi!
I absolutely love my job, it is such a blessing to be a part of each child's preschool day. I love to make them laugh and see their excitement when learning something new. I love to bake, decorate, go to the beach and ride skateboards with my kids! God is good! He always provides and I am so blessed for all he has done.

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