Vickie Spieth has been in education for 20+ years. She earned a Bachelor’s in Education with a Minor in Music at Cleveland State University. She has taught students of all ages in Ohio, California, and Georgia. She lives in McDonough with her husband, two sons, and their cute little dog Eddie. Her boys attended St. James Preschool, and she has always been very fond of the program and the teachers. She became a staff member in 2018, and is entering her fifth year. Vickie is looking forward to the 2022-2023 school year!
Paige Giltmier has been at St. James Preschool for 18 years. She began as an aide in the Three Year Old program and was a Lead Teacher for 5 years in that age group. She is now in her 11th year teaching Four Year Olds and preparing them for Kindergarten. She attended Lagrange College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a Minor in Psychology. She has two college age children who both attended Saint James Preschool.
Linda Armstrong began teaching at St. James Preschool in 2008. She and her husband David moved to Georgia in 1995 from Cape Cod, MA, though she is originally a Philly girl. They have a daughter and two grandchildren. Linda teaches one of our 3 Year Old classes and loves it. The children are so sweet and a little crazy at that age, and that suits Linda just fine. She loves their curiosity and enjoys watching them grow as they learn about the world around them, the love of our Lord, and the joy of making new friends.
Melissa Finley has been a part of the St. James family for 10 years. She lives in McDonough with her husband and 2 sons who attended St. James Preschool. Melissa first became involved in the Preschool as a room helper. She became a staff member in 2018 as a 2 Year Old teacher and is currently one of our 3 Year Old teachers. She loves helping the children learn and grow!
Savvy Graves has been working in childcare for roughly four years now and just relocated to McDonough from Pleasant View, Tennessee! She comes from a large family and has been surrounded by children her whole life. She plans to attend school in the spring for Early Childhood Education, as she one day hopes to be a kindergarten teacher! She is so excited to be a part of the St. James family, and her favorite part of childcare is watching a child overcome an obstacle, while learning new things.
Tracy Howard has been a teacher at St. James Preschool for the past 18 years. She started off teaching the Three Year Old classes then moved onto the Four Year Olds for the past 16 years. She enjoys teaching and helping the children prepare for Kindergarten. She has been married to her husband Will for the past 32 years, and they have three children. Their eldest Matthew is a Seminarian for the Arch Diocese of Atlanta. Their son Jake has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, and their youngest daughter Kacy just started working for Piedmont Atlanta as a nurse in the cardiac step down unit. Tracy is very excited to start another year at St. James, a place she considers her home.
Alicia Lanier has been working in child care for 4 years at multiple Christian Academy’s. She lives in Locust Grove with her husband and 3 children. She teaches one of our 3 year old classes and hopes to become a Pre-K 4 teacher, or kindergarten teacher . Her favorite thing about teaching is seeing the kids creative personalities and watching them grow and learn new things.
Although she has been a member of the St. James parish for more than 10 years, Channy is new and excited to be a part of the St. James Preschool family! She was born in the Dominican Republic, but has lived in Georgia for many years. Channy has been married to Anthony O’Meara for 15 years, and they have two wonderful children, Adelle (age 14) and Timothy (age 12). She is a great addition to our staff, and we are happy to have her!
Ashley lives in McDonough with her husband and three children. After having her twin boys attend St. James Preschool, she fell in love with the school and the nurturing environment created by all staff members. She is excited to join the St. James family!
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