Staff Members


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Denise Aycock

Denise Aycock

Four's 4 Day Teacher

My name is Denise Aycock. I’ve been married for 39 years and have three grown children and 4 grandchildren. My grandchildren have and do attend Kids of the Kingdom Preschool. I have lived in Birmingham for 18 years. I have been a substitute teacher for 13 years in Shelby County. I also worked at Primrose for two summers in the Summer School program.

Elizabeth McCarty

Elizabeth McCarty

Three Year Old

Kids of the Kingdom Staff, Science, Three's - Friendly Fish

Elizabeth began teaching at Meadow Brook Weekday Preschool in the fall of 2010. She is originally from South Carolina and came to Birmingham to attend Samford University. After graduation, she worked at Samford for 10 years in the offices of Admission and Alumni Development. She and her husband have two children who both graduated from Meadow Brook Preschool. Her family attends Vestavia Hills Baptist Church.

Erin Fixler

Erin Fixler

Four's 5 Day Teacher

Erin is from Phoenix, AZ. She moved to Alabama in 2012. Erin has three children, three cats, two bunnies and a dog! She has taught Sunday school, ballet, Kindergarten and now Preschool! Erin is excited to be a part of the Meadowbrook Preschool team and to get back into teaching.

Gina Mason

Gina Mason

Two Year Old Teacher

Kids of the Kingdom Staff, Two's - Tuesday/Thursday

Gina graduated from the University of Montevallo with a B.S.in Merchandising and a minor in Business. She worked for several years as a home furnishings buyer, and acting software trainer before she moved into the field of healthcare software, where she worked until she had her twins RJ and Lilly Grace, who currently attend Inverness Elementary School. She and her husband Richard have been married since 2008. They are all active members at Asbury United Methodist Church. She enjoys being a part of the Shepherd’s Ministry at Asbury, for kids with special needs. She is very involved in the Birmingham Area Mother’s of Multiples and enjoys practical jokes, lots of laughter, traveling, camping, cheering, Girl Scouting, Boy Scouting and volunteering at Inverness Elementary School. She started substitute teaching at Meadow Brook Baptist Preschool at the beginning of the year in 2017, when her twins were in kindergarten, and loved it so much that she immediately took a job as a floating aide in the three year olds classes. At the beginning of 2018, she began teaching in the two year olds class when the opportunity arose. Meadow Brook Baptist is like a second home for her, not just a job. She loves the kids, parents and the staff more than she ever imagined that she could!

Jeanine DiCaprio

Jeanine DiCaprio

Three's Teacher

Aides, Kids of the Kingdom Staff, Two's

Jeanine began teaching at Meadow Brook Weekday Preschool in the fall of 2018. Jeanine and her family are originally from New York and came to Birmingham in 2008. She and her husband have five children ages 21 to 8 years of age. Their youngest son Maddox has graduated from Meadow Brook Preschool. Jeanine loves serving and leading in small groups and ministry. You will also find her at Oak Mountain youth baseball and football cheering on her family and all the kids at Meadowbrook weekday preschool. Her family attends Church of the Highlands.

Jennifer Hartsfield

Jennifer Hartsfield

Four Year Old Teacher

Four's - Precious Pack, Kids of the Kingdom Staff

Jennifer was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Social Work and a minor in Child Development and Psychology. She met her husband of 22 years at Auburn. They have three children ages 17 – 9. She is an active member of North Shelby Baptist Church. She enjoys art, sewing, painting, cooking and outdoor activities.

Jessica Allen

Jessica Allen

K-5 Jungle Teacher

Five's - Jungle, Kids of the Kingdom Staff

I have been a part of Meadow Brook Baptist Preschool since 2013. I graduated from the University of Alabama in 2005 with a BS in Elementary Education. I taught kindergarten in Shelby County from 2005-2008. My husband, Chris, and I have been married since 2006. In 2008, we welcomed our wonderful son, Lane. In 2010, we welcome our beautiful little girl, Bethany and in 2017 we welcomed our sweet Emily Anne. Our family attends Church of the Highlands. I absolutely love investing in the heart and education of five year olds!

Kay Maitrejean

Kay Maitrejean

Assistant Director

Administrative, Kids of the Kingdom Staff

I have been a part of Meadow Brook Baptist Preschool for the past 15 years.  It has been such a blessing to have been able to have taught in the 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s. It was such a tough decision to come out of the classroom and not be able to love my own little class, but now I can love all 120 students each and every day!!

Kristi Akins

Kristi Akins

Two Year Old Teacher

Kids of the Kingdom Staff, Two's - Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Kristi is in her fourth year of teaching preschool. She was born and raised in Green Bay, WI, but has lived in Birmingham for the last 20 years. Kristi and her husband Don have been married for 20 years and have two sons-Jackson, a freshman in college, and Maddox, a sophomore in high school. In her free time, she enjoys art, painting, decorating and cheering on her Green Bay Packers!

Laura Kathryn Burch

Laura Kathryn Burch

Three's 3 Day a Week Teacher

Hello! My name is Laura Kathryn Burch and I am so excited to be teaching at MBBC Preschool. I am from Tuscaloosa, AL and graduated from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) with a degree in human development and family studies. I met my husband, Austin, in college and after we got married we moved to Texas where we resided for 6 1/2 years in various locations. While in Texas we became parents to three amazing boys, Bryan, Brooks, and Benjamin. We have recently moved back to Alabama to be closer to family and are excited to be back home! I enjoy time with family, going on walks/runs, and reading a good book! I look forward to getting to know you and your children this school year!