Staff

Elizabeth McCarty

Three Year Old and Science 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.

Emily Scott

Toddler Teacher

Emily Scott is graduate of Samford University from St. Petersburg, Florida with a music education degree, vocal/choral concentration. She has recently begun work towards a Masters in Music Education at Samford. She also teaches private piano, voice, and guitar lessons through the Meadow Brook Baptist Church School of Fine Arts. Emily is an active performer and has been in productions with the Birmingham Music Club, Opera Birmingham, and Birmingham Ballet.

Gina Mason

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!

Jeanine DiCaprio

Two's Teacher and Aide to Threes

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

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

Four'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!

Kristi Akins

Two Year Old 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!

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