Preschool Staff

DESHAWN WERT
Preschool Director
 

DeShawn helps develop programming and policy with the Mt. Olive Preschool Council, works with parents and staff to make sure preschooler's educational and spiritual needs are met, and supports young families by answering their parenting questions. She supervises preschool staff and loves watching kids connect to God's world. 

DeShawn is married to Mike, and together they are raising their awesome son while enjoying their other grown sons' families, including four grandsons.

DeShawn loves reading and exploring new ideas and can often be found watching the most boring show on television. She enjoys meeting new people and going on new adventures.

DeShawn received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Purdue Univeristy and her 
M.Ed. in Curriculum Design from Indiana Wesleyan University.
 

KELLY VAN NESS

Lead Preschool Teacher, 3/4-year-olds

Responsibilities: 

Kelly is responsible for sharing Jesus to our preschool children and their families, and introducing early learning concepts through play, as well as social development. 

Family:

Kelly is married to Andrew Van Ness. They have two children, Kathryn 21, & Matthew 19. 

Other Interests: 

Kelly is a huge fan of Purdue athletics. Additionally, she is a Pampered Chef consultant and along with her daughter hosts Canvas Painting parties with her daughter. Bacon, live and cooked, is also among her interests. 

Education: 

CDA

Ivy Tech: Early Childhood course work

Ball State: Fashion Merchandising 

University of Indianapolis: Marketing

 

HEATHER REECE

Pre-K Lead Teacher

Responsibilities

Mrs. Reece has a candy land classroom where she teaches our biblical and academic curriculum. Mrs. Reece attends church here at Mount Olive UMC and helps in the preschool area on some Sundays, along with VBS in the summer. 

Family:

Heather is married to Jason Reece. They have four children: Chelsie, Trent, Briana and Blake, along with twin granddaughters Kinleigh and Kalinn, who attended our preschool from age 2 through Pre-K. 

Other Interests:

Mrs. Reece loves spending time with family and friends, preschool, scrapbooking and shopping. 

Education

High School Graduate Class of 1993, Logansport High School Logansport, IN

CDA in Early Childhood Development 

 

 

BEVERLY HOWARD

CANDY LAND PRE-K TEACHER AIDE

Responsibilities:

Miss Bev assists Mrs. Reece in the Candyland classroom .  Miss Bev  attends church here at Mount Olive UMC and helps in the nursery one Sunday a month and helps with VBS in the summer. 

Family:

Bev has been married to Dave for 42 years.  They have two daughters: Lori is married to Jason Cates and they have three children: Lucas, Grant and Rebecca.  Daughter Vicki is married to Ken Wren and lives near Nashville, TN. 

Other Interests:

Miss Bev  is active in UMW (United Methodist Women) at church where she serves as secretary.  She is also treasurer of the Swayzee Jr. Women's Club and hosts a coupon club at the church once a month.  She loves to garage sale in the summer.  She also helps organize the annual Swayzee rummage sales.  

Education:

 

High School Graduate of Southwood High School

TAMRA CRAWL

Little Birds Teacher's Aide

Responsibilities: 

To assist the teacher which includes preparing materials for the class, instruct and supervise in social and developmental activities.  Maintain a safe, clean, learning environment and assure the well being and safety of the children in our care. 

Family:

Tamra is married to Bill Crawl. They have been blessed with three children. 

Other Interests:

Tamra loves spending time with her kids and like to find different trails to hike.  Favorite past time...READING! 

Education

High School Graduate Class of 1989 Eastbrook High School 

Indiana Business College