Julie Young, Director   I have been married to my loving and faithful husband for 28 years. We have two children ages 20 and 16. Both of our children attended preschool here and we have been very blessed by the preschool ministry. Both the preschool staff and the church staff and families are very friendly and welcoming. When we are vacationing we enjoy the mountains or a relaxing day at the beach. We value our precious family times when we can all get together. I love to bake, try new recipes, walk, swim, gardening and making simple crafts.  I have had the blessing of being with The Neighborhood Preschool since 2000. I have worked in various roles as a teacher here. I have also had the privilege of serving as a Director in the past, at my home church, back in Iowa. I am blessed to be a part of many families’ lives and seek to encourage and build up each family that we serve, daily. I love to teach the children that learning is fun and that even as adults we are still learning new things. I especially love it when we present God’s Word through Bible Stories, and in our love and actions towards one another and the children show signs of comprehending this great love!  One of my favorite Bible Verses is Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of that which we do not see.  God has certainly grown my faith over the years and through many hard times. I am very thankful for God’s Word & dear friends and family, who have shared their faith and God’s love with me, to help shape me into the person that I am today! I praise God for the opportunity to bless others, as He leads.

Julie Young, Director

I have been married to my loving and faithful husband for 28 years. We have two children ages 20 and 16. Both of our children attended preschool here and we have been very blessed by the preschool ministry. Both the preschool staff and the church staff and families are very friendly and welcoming. When we are vacationing we enjoy the mountains or a relaxing day at the beach. We value our precious family times when we can all get together. I love to bake, try new recipes, walk, swim, gardening and making simple crafts.

I have had the blessing of being with The Neighborhood Preschool since 2000. I have worked in various roles as a teacher here. I have also had the privilege of serving as a Director in the past, at my home church, back in Iowa. I am blessed to be a part of many families’ lives and seek to encourage and build up each family that we serve, daily. I love to teach the children that learning is fun and that even as adults we are still learning new things. I especially love it when we present God’s Word through Bible Stories, and in our love and actions towards one another and the children show signs of comprehending this great love!

One of my favorite Bible Verses is Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of that which we do not see.

God has certainly grown my faith over the years and through many hard times. I am very thankful for God’s Word & dear friends and family, who have shared their faith and God’s love with me, to help shape me into the person that I am today! I praise God for the opportunity to bless others, as He leads.

Jenn Stubbs, VPK Teacher    I have lived in Altamonte Springs for 23 years, but grew up in Brunswick, ME. I live with my husband of 22 years, Dann, and three children, Madison - 18, Cooper - 16, & Colby - 14, our dog, Kosmo, and 2 cats, Chino & Lady. I graduated from William Smith College with a B.A. in Psychology and Early Childhood Education in 1995.  Before starting a family, I taught Kindergarten for 3 years. I was fortunate to be able to stay home with our 3 amazing children before finding The Neighborhood Preschool for my daughter in 2004. All three of my children attended and I took a position as an assistant in the 2 year old class when my youngest started TNP in 2006. After taking a brief 7 year “break” from teaching while my children were in elementary school, I found myself being led back to TNP in 2015 when I returned and began as the Lead VPK Teacher in 2016…. and as they say, the rest is history!  ***While teaching the ABC’s & 123’s is important, more important is teaching the children perseverance and that there are teachable moments everywhere - the world is full of shapes, colors, letters, and numbers! Each new accomplishment creates an excitement for learning and a desire for the next new thing! If nothing else, this is what I hope to teach each child because with that everything else falls into place.***  I am a  planner  and often have a very difficult time waiting … that being said, I find myself trying to “figure things out” rather than handing “things” over to the Lord. I work hard each and every day to remember to take a breath and pray to our almighty God about the things that weigh me down. Time and time again, He proves to me that He is always by my side and if I just slow down and breathe,  His   plan  reveals itself.  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Jenn Stubbs, VPK Teacher

I have lived in Altamonte Springs for 23 years, but grew up in Brunswick, ME. I live with my husband of 22 years, Dann, and three children, Madison - 18, Cooper - 16, & Colby - 14, our dog, Kosmo, and 2 cats, Chino & Lady. I graduated from William Smith College with a B.A. in Psychology and Early Childhood Education in 1995.

Before starting a family, I taught Kindergarten for 3 years. I was fortunate to be able to stay home with our 3 amazing children before finding The Neighborhood Preschool for my daughter in 2004. All three of my children attended and I took a position as an assistant in the 2 year old class when my youngest started TNP in 2006. After taking a brief 7 year “break” from teaching while my children were in elementary school, I found myself being led back to TNP in 2015 when I returned and began as the Lead VPK Teacher in 2016…. and as they say, the rest is history!

***While teaching the ABC’s & 123’s is important, more important is teaching the children perseverance and that there are teachable moments everywhere - the world is full of shapes, colors, letters, and numbers! Each new accomplishment creates an excitement for learning and a desire for the next new thing! If nothing else, this is what I hope to teach each child because with that everything else falls into place.***

I am a planner and often have a very difficult time waiting … that being said, I find myself trying to “figure things out” rather than handing “things” over to the Lord. I work hard each and every day to remember to take a breath and pray to our almighty God about the things that weigh me down. Time and time again, He proves to me that He is always by my side and if I just slow down and breathe, His plan reveals itself.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

(Proverbs 3:5-6)

Kerry Greenberg, VPK Assistant   I had a time in my life where I really struggled with anxiety. Because of the uncertainty that anxiety was making me feel, I even questioned, if my God was faithful and reliable. I felt like I was barely hanging onto my faith. I even thought about leaving my faith. However, I realized my peace comes directly from God and I didn’t want to ever live apart from Him. For this reason, a couple of my favorite bible verses are:   Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7    Philippians 4:6-7  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  I live with my husband, Mitchell and two children, Colton (20) and Ryleigh (13). We have 2 dogs and 3 cats. I’m always up for an adventure. I’ve competed in mud races, bike races and even a marathon. I enjoy watching college football, reading and outdoor activities.  I’ve been teaching preschool since 2004. I’ve been at the The Neighborhood Preschool since 2011. I taught in the 2 year old’s class for 6 years. Took a year off and am happy to be back teaching in VPK. I love watching the world through a child’s eyes. There’s nothing like the innocence on how they see the world. I also, nanny in my time off from teaching. I love kiddos!! My youngest attended, TNP, for her preschool years. She enjoys coming back in the summers to help with VBS.

Kerry Greenberg, VPK Assistant

I had a time in my life where I really struggled with anxiety. Because of the uncertainty that anxiety was making me feel, I even questioned, if my God was faithful and reliable. I felt like I was barely hanging onto my faith. I even thought about leaving my faith. However, I realized my peace comes directly from God and I didn’t want to ever live apart from Him. For this reason, a couple of my favorite bible verses are:

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Philippians 4:6-7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I live with my husband, Mitchell and two children, Colton (20) and Ryleigh (13). We have 2 dogs and 3 cats. I’m always up for an adventure. I’ve competed in mud races, bike races and even a marathon. I enjoy watching college football, reading and outdoor activities.

I’ve been teaching preschool since 2004. I’ve been at the The Neighborhood Preschool since 2011. I taught in the 2 year old’s class for 6 years. Took a year off and am happy to be back teaching in VPK. I love watching the world through a child’s eyes. There’s nothing like the innocence on how they see the world. I also, nanny in my time off from teaching. I love kiddos!! My youngest attended, TNP, for her preschool years. She enjoys coming back in the summers to help with VBS.

Cheri Faulkner, Teacher    About me   …  I am so blessed to have grown up in a family, that loves and serves the Lord. I came to Christ at a young age, and daily try to recognize each small mercy as a reminder of God’s great care. The Bible passage that encourages me is Matthew:28-30 (So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?)   About my family …  I live with my husband, two children (sort of), aged 19 and 16, 2 cats, and 1 dog. As a family, we share the love of music - both listening and playing. Life is busy, and when I'm not at school I spend lots of time in the car. If not chauffeuring, I might be found doing something crafty or reading a book.   My preschool experience …  I have been with Neighborhood Preschool since 2006. I taught in the 2’s and 3’s for 6 years, then moved to the VPK class. After 5 years in VPK, I had the opportunity to come back to my beginning - the 2’s and 3’s. No matter the age, I love watching the personalities that develop, and all of the learning that happens in these years. I am privileged to be here, and hope to share a little of Jesus’ love along the way. My youngest attended TNP, and still has great memories of her time here.

Cheri Faulkner, Teacher

About me I am so blessed to have grown up in a family, that loves and serves the Lord. I came to Christ at a young age, and daily try to recognize each small mercy as a reminder of God’s great care. The Bible passage that encourages me is Matthew:28-30 (So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?)

About my family … I live with my husband, two children (sort of), aged 19 and 16, 2 cats, and 1 dog. As a family, we share the love of music - both listening and playing. Life is busy, and when I'm not at school I spend lots of time in the car. If not chauffeuring, I might be found doing something crafty or reading a book.

My preschool experience … I have been with Neighborhood Preschool since 2006. I taught in the 2’s and 3’s for 6 years, then moved to the VPK class. After 5 years in VPK, I had the opportunity to come back to my beginning - the 2’s and 3’s. No matter the age, I love watching the personalities that develop, and all of the learning that happens in these years. I am privileged to be here, and hope to share a little of Jesus’ love along the way. My youngest attended TNP, and still has great memories of her time here.

Heather Tindel, Teacher   I was born in Orlando, Florida and have two older brothers. My parents raised us in a Christian home and I accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of 5. I was homeschooled K-12th grade. My family started to attend Neighborhood Alliance Church in 1996.  After high school I became a nanny. I worked for one family for 4 years and another family for about a year.  I have been working at The Neighborhood Preschool since 2012 as the Aftercare teacher. I also worked as a teacher's assistant in the two-year-old class for a year and the three-year-old class for two years. In 2017, I became the lead teacher of the three-year-old class.  Taking care of young children is my passion. I started volunteering in the nursery and Vacation Bible School at church in middle school. I also volunteered at The Neighborhood Preschool once a week for several years in middle school and high school. I worked as an AWANA Cubbies leader after high school and I am currently volunteering for the Kids Wednesday Night program at church as well the Kids Sunday School program.  My favorite Bible passage is I Corinthians 13. I strive to show Christ’s love to all the children that come under my care.

Heather Tindel, Teacher

I was born in Orlando, Florida and have two older brothers. My parents raised us in a Christian home and I accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of 5. I was homeschooled K-12th grade. My family started to attend Neighborhood Alliance Church in 1996.

After high school I became a nanny. I worked for one family for 4 years and another family for about a year.

I have been working at The Neighborhood Preschool since 2012 as the Aftercare teacher. I also worked as a teacher's assistant in the two-year-old class for a year and the three-year-old class for two years. In 2017, I became the lead teacher of the three-year-old class.

Taking care of young children is my passion. I started volunteering in the nursery and Vacation Bible School at church in middle school. I also volunteered at The Neighborhood Preschool once a week for several years in middle school and high school. I worked as an AWANA Cubbies leader after high school and I am currently volunteering for the Kids Wednesday Night program at church as well the Kids Sunday School program.

My favorite Bible passage is I Corinthians 13. I strive to show Christ’s love to all the children that come under my care.

Rachel Gentry, Assistant Teacher   I am thankful that God has brought me to faith and salvation in Christ. I attended NAC years ago and I am happy to now be back as a part of the preschool. A Bible passage that has been a comfort throughout my life is Philippians 4:4-8.  I was born and raised in Florida. I got married the summer of 2017.  Some of my hobbies include baking, singing, spending time in nature.  One of my favorite ice cream flavors is strawberry.  I try to notice and encourage even the smallest positive behaviors in our class and encourage each child in their growth and development.

Rachel Gentry, Assistant Teacher

I am thankful that God has brought me to faith and salvation in Christ. I attended NAC years ago and I am happy to now be back as a part of the preschool. A Bible passage that has been a comfort throughout my life is Philippians 4:4-8.

I was born and raised in Florida. I got married the summer of 2017.

Some of my hobbies include baking, singing, spending time in nature.

One of my favorite ice cream flavors is strawberry.

I try to notice and encourage even the smallest positive behaviors in our class and encourage each child in their growth and development.

Daniella Contreras, Assistant Teacher   I am an Assistant teacher in the 3 year old class. I have been happily married for 10 years and we have 3 wonderful children ages 9, 8 and 7. All of my children have attended The Neighborhood Preschool for VPK. I had toured several schools before making my final decision to see what would be the best fit for our family. The Neighborhood Preschool was a small school and felt very welcoming since the first time we went to visit. I loved the staff and how caring, loving and helpful they were. I now have the privilege of helping guide children and working alongside families as part of the preschool for my 2nd year.   A little about my Christian journey. I grew up in church and my parents pastored a church for over 10 years. My family and I currently attend Action Church in Sanford, FL going on 2 years now. I serve in Action Kids in the nursery and in the 3 year old class as well. My favorite verse in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Daniella Contreras, Assistant Teacher

I am an Assistant teacher in the 3 year old class. I have been happily married for 10 years and we have 3 wonderful children ages 9, 8 and 7. All of my children have attended The Neighborhood Preschool for VPK. I had toured several schools before making my final decision to see what would be the best fit for our family. The Neighborhood Preschool was a small school and felt very welcoming since the first time we went to visit. I loved the staff and how caring, loving and helpful they were. I now have the privilege of helping guide children and working alongside families as part of the preschool for my 2nd year.

A little about my Christian journey. I grew up in church and my parents pastored a church for over 10 years. My family and I currently attend Action Church in Sanford, FL going on 2 years now. I serve in Action Kids in the nursery and in the 3 year old class as well. My favorite verse in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Dale Spoon, Assistant Director   I was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1944. My father was serving as a doctor with the Marines in the Pacific and my mother was a pediatric nurse. After WWII ended, my father remained in the Navy as a flight surgeon, and, consequently, growing up I called many different places “home.”  I graduated from Rollins College in 1965 with a B.S. in History and Government. My first job was teaching Social Studies at Robert E. Lee Junior High. It was while teaching at Lee that I met my husband, Larry Spoon. Larry was teaching math and coaching basketball and track.  In 1967 Larry and I moved to the Washington, D.C. area where Larry went to work at the Goddard Space Flight Center and, later, for Xerox as an engineer. During the years we lived in Maryland, we adopted our son, Brian, and daughter, Courtney.  After returning to Florida in 1976, I again attended Rollins College and received a Master’s degree in teaching. Over the next 21 years, I taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades at Wekiva Elementary and at Sabal Point Elementary. In 1993 I had the honor of being selected Sabal Point’s Teacher of the Year.  In 2001, when my granddaughter, Amanda Sievers, started attending The Neighborhood Preschool and, as I had retired from teaching, I began volunteering. I have been here ever since! My grandson, Garrett Browning, also is a Neighborhood Preschool graduate.  My walk with the Lord started at a very early age. I was blessed by being able to serve the Lord for many years as a Lay Eucharistic Minister at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Apopka. My favorite bible verse comes from Psalm 91:  For He shall give His angles charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Dale Spoon, Assistant Director

I was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1944. My father was serving as a doctor with the Marines in the Pacific and my mother was a pediatric nurse. After WWII ended, my father remained in the Navy as a flight surgeon, and, consequently, growing up I called many different places “home.”

I graduated from Rollins College in 1965 with a B.S. in History and Government. My first job was teaching Social Studies at Robert E. Lee Junior High. It was while teaching at Lee that I met my husband, Larry Spoon. Larry was teaching math and coaching basketball and track.

In 1967 Larry and I moved to the Washington, D.C. area where Larry went to work at the Goddard Space Flight Center and, later, for Xerox as an engineer. During the years we lived in Maryland, we adopted our son, Brian, and daughter, Courtney.

After returning to Florida in 1976, I again attended Rollins College and received a Master’s degree in teaching. Over the next 21 years, I taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades at Wekiva Elementary and at Sabal Point Elementary. In 1993 I had the honor of being selected Sabal Point’s Teacher of the Year.

In 2001, when my granddaughter, Amanda Sievers, started attending The Neighborhood Preschool and, as I had retired from teaching, I began volunteering. I have been here ever since! My grandson, Garrett Browning, also is a Neighborhood Preschool graduate.

My walk with the Lord started at a very early age. I was blessed by being able to serve the Lord for many years as a Lay Eucharistic Minister at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Apopka. My favorite bible verse comes from Psalm 91: For He shall give His angles charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.