Our Staff

Toddler Teachers


I grew up in South Portland. I have always wanted to be a teacher and started at Kaplan University in 2012 for early childhood education. I started at First Lutheran Children’s Programs in 2014. I love watching the children learn and grow with their creativity.


I am a Toddler Teacher and began in February 2019


I started working at FLCP in September, 2015, but have worked in childcare since 2010. I attended FLCP when I was in preschool and am excited to come back! I graduated from Champlain College in Burlington, VT in 2011. I enjoy spending time with my family, & friends and scrap booking when I’m not working.


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!


In the Fall of 2013 I went back to college to study Early Childhood Education and also started my work here at FLCP. Having worked a bit in all 4 classrooms, I can say each one is filled with learning and love; 2 of my favorite things!- What I love most about working with our youngest children is watching them grow from crawlers who babble to toddlers who sing and dance.

Preschool Teachers


I have been in early childhood education for many years and have been at First Lutheran Children’s Program for seventeen. Experience has taught me a lot, as well as the training and education I have taken each year. The excitement and eagerness to learn, work, and play are so prevalent in preschool-aged children. I am so blessed to be able to help mentor each child in different areas of growth.


I have been in early childhood education for many years. I attended Simmons College and became a professional nanny in Boston before moving back home to work at First Lutheran Children’s Programs in September 2019. I am an alumna of FLCP and love that I get to come back and work as an adult for the program that shaped me as a child!


I graduated from the University of Maine, Farmington with a degree in Elementary Education. I have taught a variety of age groups including reading recovery, middle school, kindergarten and preschool. I enjoy hiking, camping, reading and crafting. My favorite thing about teaching is when children transfer what they have learned to a new situation.


The First Lutheran School Age Care Program is recognized in the child care profession for dedication to children, staff and programming. I am glad for the opportunity to be another active, caring, committed member of the staff. I worked elsewhere in school age care for two years and worked in public and special libraries.


I joined FLCP in April 2017 as a substitute teacher.  I am currently working in a preschool classroom. I received my BS in Early Childhood Education and masters in Special Education/Early Intervention. I have worked with kids in many different ways – childcare, nursery school, special education (in their home, school and out in the community).  My favorite part of teaching is that the children make me smile every day. I love that kids teach me patience and friendship.

School Age Care

Sara C.

I came to First Lutheran Children’s Programs after retiring from teaching in Falmouth for thirty-six years. Working in the School Age Care program gave me the interaction with children and adults I enjoy. When I am not at First Lutheran, I am working at Portland Head Light as an assistant during the summer and cruise ship seasons.


I am a 2008 graduate of the University of Maine, where I studied political science. After working with school-aged children for three years at another center, I relocated to Portland and discovered First Lutheran. I have worked here in the School Age Care program since August 2010 and I became the Day Camp Director in 2015.  I truly enjoy the children, other teachers, and the overall environment. I enjoy working at First Lutheran because it fosters a positive and safe environment for the children and teachers. It also provides us with the opportunity to get involved with the larger community through service projects and contacts with church members.


My name is Ben Reeder and I am a School Age Care teacher. I have been coming to First Lutheran since I was in first grade. I adore my place here and love helping out in preschool as well. I enjoy playing board games, going outside, and cooking!


I am excited to be a part of the First Lutheran Children’s Program as both a School Age Care teacher and Toddler teacher. My work in childcare began in 2005 at First Lutheran when I became a counselor at the summer day camp during my college years.  I have also been a full-time professional nanny.  I have always loved working with children and families and in 2014 I became a Postpartum Doula and Lactation Educator while living in Los Angeles, CA.  This allowed me to come back to Maine during the summer to be the Assistant Director and Curriculum Director of First Lutheran Day Camp for several seasons. Since 2011, I have also frequently volunteered with the God’s Child Project in Guatemala, serving in their malnourished children’s clinic and coordinating donations for their outreach programs.  I am excited to finally be back in my home state of Maine working for First Lutheran Children’s Programs, and First Lutheran Church as the Youth and Family Ministry Director year round.



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 Jackie 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.


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.


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.


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