Amy Grote

Aide to Fours and Fives

I grew up in Daphne, AL then attended Auburn University where I received a degree in elementary education and met my husband, David. I moved to Birmingham, got married, and taught at Oak Mountain Elementary School for 4 years. In 2010, we had our first daughter, Ann Reese, and moved to Orange Beach where I substituted at Gulf Shores Elementary and Orange Beach Elementary. In 2013, we welcomed another daughter, Janey, then moved back to Birmingham later that year. Then, in 2016, Alice was born. I stayed home with them until taking the assistant job at Meadow Brook. I really enjoy helping the teachers and loving on the children.

Charlotte Teasley

Creepers Teacher

I live in hoover, and I have one daughter who lives in Auburn and a son who lives in Louisiana.  I have been blessed with 3 precious grandchildren.  I am proud to say that I have worked in the baby room at Meadow Brook since 1993, and have loved every minute of it.  In fact, my favorite things are loving and caring for these children and spending time with my family.

Claire Winkler

Three Year Old Teacher

My name is Claire Winkler and I have lived in Birmingham most of life. After graduating from Oak Mountain High School in 2006, I attended and graduated from Auburn University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences. I then attended graduate school at UAB from 2011-2013, earning my Master’s of Arts in Secondary Education, concentrated in Biology. I taught at both the middle school and high school level for 3 years and decided to make a career change to teach small children.

This is my first year teaching at Meadowbrook Baptist Church Kids of the Kingdom and I am so excited to get to know you and your child. I will be getting married to my fiancé, Taylor Winkler this September and will reside in the Homewood area. I enjoy reading, working out, shopping, traveling and being with friends and family. I have two fur babies, Giorg and Joey, and a cat named Marley. I am an alumna of the Beta Xi chapter of Delta Zeta sorority at Auburn University.

Elizabeth McCarty

Three Year Old Teacher

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.

Jane Carpenter

Chapel Coordinator

Jane Carpenter was born in Watertown, New York. She attended college and graduated as a kindergarten teacher. She married her high school sweetheart. She taught kindergarten. She and her husband, Ross, had three children. Now there are six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In her career she wrote kindergarten curriculum for the Southern Baptist Convention, was director of the Weekday Preschool at Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston, TX, and Meadow Brook Baptist Church in Birmingham. Now Jane teaches five-year-olds in Sunday School at her church and leads chapel for Meadow Brook Baptist Preschool.

Jennifer Hartsfield

Three Year Old Teacher

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

K-5 Jungle Teacher

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!

Karen Bennetch

Aide to Fours and Fives

My name is Karen Bennetch and I am the Aide to the 4 and 5 year old classes. This will be my sixth year at Meadow Brook Kids of the Kingdom. I am married to Marlin of 32 years and we have one married 25 year old daughter.  I am also a member of Meadow Brook Baptist Church. I graduated in 1981 from Auburn University with a Bachelor Degree in Education.

Kay Maitrejean

Assistant Director

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!!

Keri Coker

Three's Teacher

I graduated Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, I taught kindergarten for three years and first grade for two. I have spent the last three years being a stay-at-home mom to our two children.

I have a daughter, Evie Grace, who is four years old, and a son, Beau, who is two years old. My husband and I married in 2010, and moved from Chelsea to Meadow Brook in 2014. My daughter has been coming to Meadow Brook for three years, and I am very excited to join the staff this year!

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