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 First English Lutheran Preschool

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About First English Lutheran Preschool

From the Beginning

Explore. Create. Play. Think. Experiment. These are just a few of the skills and qualities that children will develop at First English Lutheran Preschool. Since our founding in 1985, we’ve focused on supporting kids with their development by providing hands-on activities. 

All daily routines are designed to nurture the social, emotional and intellectual growth of our kids. Through stimulating situations and learning environments, young children have opportunities to develop their minds. Reach out to learn more how we encourage appropriate social interactions in our classroom communities and partner with families to provide support and resources!

We are a NAEYC accredited Registered Ministry, with compliance for the Voluntary Certification Program licensing. As a Level 4 Paths to Quality provider we meet Indiana's standards

for high quality early childhood education. 

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Goals of the preschool program

*To provide opportunities for early loving interaction among children and adults outside of the family. 

*To provide new opportunities and activities fostering a healthy self-concept.

*To promote growth in visual, auditory, and tactile perception. 

*To help the child relate to others and be a part of a group. 

*To enhance creative abilities through the use of materials and experiences.

*To increase awareness and control of their physical body.

*To identify the child's developmental stage and encourage their potential. 

*To offer a Christian environment and awareness of God and Jesus through monthly activities with Pastor Patrick.

*To ready children for their elementary school education. 

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First English Lutheran Preschool provides a safe environment for children, both inside and outside. We utilize an enclosed outside play area that encourages large-motor skills, such as climbing, running and riding wheeled toys. Trout Hall provides similar options when indoor play is necessary. Every classroom is inviting and includes well-defined areas for different kinds of activities, such as art, music, blocks and toys, quiet reading, etc. Each age group spends time maneuvering through the Minds-in-Motion course, a research-validated program designed to stimulate a child's visual processing, auditory processing, as well as their motor skills. The outcome is a better integrated and

balanced child who will perform better in school and at home. The staff at First English Lutheran Preschool encourage children to gain independence as the year progresses. We practice ways in which children can care for themselves, for example, following the bathroom procedures, serving snacks, working out conflict, expressing themselves appropriately, and signing in daily.

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NAEYC Accreditation

We are the only program in Indiana to be accredited since 1986!

First English Lutheran Preschool has achieved accreditation by NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young children since 1986. This accreditation means that our preschool meets the highest standards in early childhood care, including staff qualifications, materials available, activities offered, quality curriculum, large motor/movement spaces, nutritional snacks and family partnerships. Each program accredited by NAEYC has voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study and improvement in alignment with their 10 Early childhood program standards. NAEYC accreditation is considered the mark of quality in early childhood education. 

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First English Lutheran Preschool Team

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Tracy Gleissner

Program Director

Tracy has been with FELP since August 1996. She has taught in each of our classes from many years, starting in older 2's, 3/4's and finishing her teaching career in the Pre-k class. She has held dual responsibilities with teaching and leading the program since August 2014. She holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Manchester College and a Bachelor's degree in the same field from Ball State. She is passionate about our program and spending as much time with her grandchildren as possible.


Marsha Vinson

Church and Preschool Secretary/Treasurer

Marsha has been working 'behind the desk' at FELC/FELP since March 1989. She is aware of all that occurs within the building; She has worked with several previous pastors and preschool directors over her years.  Marsha is a responsible individual who makes multi-tasking look easy.

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Ashley Smith

Pre-K teacher 

Ashley joined our program, November 2020, after having her oldest son complete his preschool years here. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Lipscomb University as well as a Master's degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. Ashley is passionate about making sure children have the skills they need for future school success. 


Andrea Kirkpatrick

Pre-K teacher

Andrea joined our team in October 2021 and has found great joy being with our preschoolers for the past few years, especially after sending her own sons through our program. She holds a master's degree in business administration from Trine University and did her undergraduate coursework from Ivy Tech. Andrea loves to engage children in conversation about what interests them.


Jamie Hodgson

2's and 3's teacher MW class

Jamie began her final years in Early childhood education after working at the kindergarten and preschool levels in various programs in the area. She has worked in our 2's and 3's class since joining us August 2014. She holds an associate degree in early childhood from Indiana University and takes hours of continuing professional development to stay informed of best practices.


Amy Fulkerson

2's and 3's teacher TTh class

Amy came to FELP in August of 2023 after finishing her Master's in Elementary Education and her Early Childhood Education Master Teacher program from Ball State. Her undergraduate work in Elementary Education was done through Indiana University. Amy spent many years in early childhood education raising her family and decided to return to the college classroom as her love for early education began to be realized. Her enthusiasm for all that our toddlers' days encompass is fun to experience.


Emily Burson

3's and 4's teacher

Emily has worn many early childhood education hats in her career. She began as an infant/toddler teacher then became a coach mentoring and evaluating other ECE teachers. She took time off to raise her children and was ready to return to the field of teaching August 2022. She has also returned to the college classroom as she obtains her bachelor's degree in ECE from Ball State. Her associate degree in ECE is from Ivy Tech. Her nature-based ideas and peaceful classroom will inspire you.


Jenn Paul

3's and 4's teacher

Jenn joined FELP November 2022 after spending many years in children's ministry. She has such enthusiasm for children's learning as well as her own. She has returned to the college classroom taking courses online from Ivy Tech to achieve her associates and degree in early childhood education. She received her Child Development Associate degree in Dec. 2023. Her smile is always present and her hardworking attitude and ability to lead and organize are also evident.


Ann Metcalfe

2's and 3's teacher MW class

Ann joined our team in November 2020 and has found great joy being with our "littles" for the past few years. She comes to our preschool holding a bachelor's degree in education from Indiana University. Ann loves to play and converse with children whether at preschool or with her own children.


Marcy Gomez

2's and 3's teacher TTh class

Marcy joined our program August 2023 after being a parent of two children having gone through our program. She has been involved in education from her volunteer work with PTA as well as substitute teaching. Her love of Disney makes her an easy connection with our youngest students.

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We offer tuition assistance for those you qualify for the vouchers of the Childcare Development Funds (CCDF) or On My Way PreK (OMWPK).  These programs provide financial funding for quality childcare and education for families which might not be able to otherwise afford it.

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Program newsletter

Each month families receive a copy of the newsletter which shares information about upcoming events in the preschool and community.

Schedule and Activities

Our school year offers many activities and events in the school year. This calendar gives a few of the planned dates.

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