Our Dynamic Team of Teachers
With over 100 years of combined experience in education, our qualified team of teachers creates a fun, hands-on, learning experience that instills the love of education in all children.
We are passionate about what we do.
Billie Jean Elmer
Pre-K Lead Teacher, Billie Jean Elmer has a B.S. and M.Ed. in Education from VA Tech and Virginia State University, respectively. Along with classroom teaching experience, she has over 16 years of experience as a 4-H Youth Development Agent. Mrs. Elmer has extensive experience in traditional and non-formal education, with a strong background in curriculum and instruction. She is a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church and sings and plays in the vocal and bell choirs, as well as serving in various church leadership positions. Mrs. Elmer has taught Pre-K at Bethlehem UM Preschool for over 5 years and loves to find many different ways of educating children on all of God’s creations in our outdoor environment.
Pre-K Assistant Terra Vaughan went to school to earn a B.S. in Psychology with a special interest in Child Psychology. During college, she volunteered as an aide at Moneta Elementary School, working in kindergarten classes. She spent three years at Bethlehem United Methodist Preschool, teaching both he Thrilling Three’s and Terrific Two’s classes. She substituted in all classes last year and returns to us this year as Assistant Teacher in the Pre-K class. She enjoys spending one on one time to see the child’s personality shine and focus on areas they may be struggling to develop.
Terrific Two’s Class Lead Teacher, Joy Bowles, came to Bethlehem United Methodist Preschool, after being at Heritage United Methodist Preschool for 22 years. She served as Lead Teacher for their three and four year old children for the past 12 years, as well as their Children’s Program Director for 10 years prior to that. She loves to create a loving, spiritual place where a child’s natural curiosity to learn is encouraged and applauded. She is the Lead Teacher for the Terrific Two’s at Bethlehem, as well as Lead Enrichment Teacher for Pre-K.
Terrific Two's Class Assistant Teacher - Haley Stinette (Bio coming soon)
Thrilling Three's Class Lead Teacher - Cheryl Humbard Cheryl moved to Bedford County a few years ago from Northern Virginia. She graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Mrs. Humbard has worked with preschool age children for over ten years. She was a Lead Teacher and an Assistant Teacher at a church preschool in Northern Virginia for children ages 12 months - 4 years, before moving to this area. She has also home schooled her own daughter, as well as worked with various home school co-op organizations through the years teaching preschool, kindergarten science classes, and art classes. Mrs. Humbard is positive and passionate about working with children and letting them explore art and science while being creative and using different techniques on their own. She will be working as an Assistant teacher with the Three’s Enrichment classes.
Thrilling Three's Class Assistant Teacher - Linda Cochran recently retired respiratory therapist, holds an associate degree in Respiratory Therapy from Butler University, a bachelor’s degree in general studies and a master’s degree in Health Sciences Education (both from Indiana University). Most recently, she was the Director of Clinical Education for the Respiratory Therapy program at Radford University Carilion (formerly Jefferson College of Health Sciences). Her previous work history includes being the Education Coordinator for the Respiratory Therapy department at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis for 17 years. In addition to being a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), she obtained further respiratory therapy related credentials as a Neonatal Pediatric Specialist (NPS) and Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C). She has experience teaching American Heart Association classes for Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
Extended Day Lead Teacher - Tammie Woodall Tammie works as a Lead Teacher in the afternoons. She has lived in Bedford County her whole life. Mrs. Wooddall has 17 years of teaching experience homeschooling children, including her own five children. She strives to meet the needs of each child where he/she is developmentally and educationally by observing, creating, and applying their style of learning to promote educational growth. Mrs. Woodall believes God created each child differently and enjoys being one of the first teachers in a child’s life to plant the seeds that will forever be growing throughout their lives. Mrs. Woodall is also very active in children’s church, VBS, and women’s ministry of her church.
Extended Day Assistant Teacher - Ryann Stephenson (Bio coming soon)