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.
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.
Two Year Old Teacher
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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!
Two Year Old and Toddler Teacher
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!