Our Staff

Toddler Teachers

Annika

I started working at FLCP in September, 2021.

Cat

I have been working with First Lutheran Children’s Programs since 2010, starting as a camp counselor and part-time substitute teacher. After graduating from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2013, I spent a year working at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine before becoming a Lead Teacher in the older Toddler room. I greatly enjoy to sing, act, dance and explore the outdoors!

Karen

I have been with FLCP since 2015.

Kiara

I joined First Lutheran Children’s Programs in August 2021.

Prity

I joined First Lutheran Children’s Programs in October 2017 and I have always found it exciting to work with children. I love seeing kids around me and love to help them experience new learning every day in this beautiful world around us.  I graduated with a Masters Degree in social work in 2009 from Jiwaji University in India. I have also worked as an assistant coordinator in a school for kids with special needs.

Taylor

I started working at FLCP in September 2021.

Preschool Teachers

Maria

I started working at FLCP in February 2021.

Melissa

I started working at FLCP in February 2021.

Michelle

I joined FLCP in August and it marked my 27th year as a teacher, 20 in early childhood. I hold a bachelors degree in Health & Physical Education and a Masters degree in Teaching & Curriculum in Early Childhood.  Within my teaching career I have taught infants through college students, but my first love is teaching pre-kindergarten.  Outside teaching I enjoy hiking, fishing, gardening, working out in my home gym, reading, and cooking.

Samantha

I graduated from Wittenberg University in May of 2017, with a bachelors degree in Education with a focus on Early Childhood and Intervention Specialist. I started working at FLCP in July 2019.  I have experience with special education, kindergarten and preschool.  I am certified in grades pre-K through 3 and in special education (K-12) by the state of Maine.  I enjoy going to the beach, spending time with my family and dogs, and exploring the outdoors.  My favorite thing about teaching is that you are constantly learning from the children.  You never know what their take on an idea may be and it can lead to seeing things in a very different light.

Reta

The First Lutheran Children’s Programs is recognized in the childcare profession for dedication to children, staff, and programming. I am an active, committed staff member caring for FLCP’s children.  I continue to provide excellent library services here and have previously worked in public and special libraries and other childcare settings.

School Age Care

Brett

My name is Brett and I have been a School Age Care teacher since 2019 and a Summer Day Camp Counselor since 2015. 

Meli

My name is Meli and I joined the  School Age Care program in August 2021.

Sarah

My name is Sarah and I have been a School Age Care teacher since August 2021. I have also been a camper and counselor at Day Camp.

Administration

Beth

Business Manager

I joined First Lutheran Children’s Programs in 1999 after fifteen years in the business world. My job at First Lutheran is to keep the “business” part of the program running smoothly so that our directors and our teachers can focus on the children. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Business Administration. I am the person behind the scenes and the voice on the phone.

Sherryl

Assistant Director

In the Fall of 2006, I joined First Lutheran Children’s Programs. I have been a Toddler teacher since September of 2007.  In June of 2018, I became the Assistant Director. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. My favorite thing about working with young children is the hugs. There is nothing better than getting hugs from a little child.

Jackie

Director
I have been with First Lutheran Children’s Programs for over twenty years. I started as a teacher in 1990 and then became assistant director in 2000 before becoming the director in 2008. I have a background in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, earning my degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and spending my early years in parochial and private education in Connecticut and Maine.

I enjoy the community aspect of First Lutheran – the families, the children, the staff, and the church. I also love getting to know the children and families as the years go by. I especially enjoy it when the children become adults and return to First Lutheran as either employees or parents of our center. First Lutheran has been a very rewarding and enriching experience for me.

Contact

Jackie Nelson, Director
Beth Rovnak, Business Manager
P: 207-797-2260
e: flcpinfo@firstlutheranportland.org