OUR FACULTY

meet the teachers!

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Natalie Pollard

Program Director

I have been working with children for over 10 years. I have worked in a preschool setting for over 3 years. I started as a floater at my school and I loved everything about it! After that I moved to lead teacher and eventually became Assistant Director at a local preschool here in Springfield. I have grown and learned so much about preschool is these years, and it has been such an exciting time!

I have always had a dream of opening up a preschool since I was young. My mom, dad, and husband, Jared, as well as many others have also held that dream for Abundant Life Church to have their own school. We decided in October 2016 that it was time to take a leap of faith and begin working on this dream of ours. God has been so good through this time and we have had so many doors open.

What is your favorite animal and why?
Dogs! My dog Nala, to be specific. She’s the best thing ever.

What do you love most about working with children?
Their love for life, excitement, joy, spunk and HUGS!

What do you like to do in your free time?
Play with Nala, hang out with my husband, work, go shopping, make wreaths, and lay in our hammock.

Holly Davis

Pastoral Overseer

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I climbed Mt. St. Helens in Washington and made it to the top and went over a 13-foot waterfall!

What was your salvation experience like?
I was saved and baptized at 16 and had a deep desire to know God and His word. I fell away from Him in college, but at 21 I surrendered to Him fully and have been serving Him ever since!

What’s your favorite treat from Andy’s Frozen Custard?
Cardinal Bash!

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Stephanie Spoonts

Pre-Kindergarten

What is your favorite animal and why?
A monkey! That was my dad’s nickname for me.

What do you love most about working with children?
Their innocent outlook on life and how much they appreciate the little things.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Anything outdoors and active!

Matraca Staeger

2 & 3 Year Olds

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I’m the oldest of NINE children! And I’m left-handed.

What’s the funniest moment you’ve ever had working with children?
Once, a group of kids dropped a cake they made me for my birthday!

What’s your favorite treat from Andy’s Frozen Custard?
Cookie dough brownie concrete!

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Jordan Regmi

3 & 4 Year Olds

What is a fun fact about you?
I enjoy playing tennis and my husband is from Nepal!

What was your salvation experience like?
I was saved as a young child at church. My parents really helped me understand God.

What’s the funniest moment you’ve ever had working with children?
My funniest moment was when I was working at another daycare awhile back and one children dressed up as one of the characters from Frozen and sang, “Let It Go!”

Sallie Bailey

Reading Teacher/Floater

What do you love most about working with children?
Children are God’s workmanship, active learners and real people. They are very refreshing to be with!

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to go for walks with my husband and dog.

What movie best describes your life?
“Up.” I like the love story, the recovery from grief and the little boy’s concern for the bird!

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Leah Sorrells

Spanish Instructor

What’s the funniest moment you’ve had working with children?
Impromptu games with village kids in Honduras – example: Croc soccer!”

What’s your favorite animal and why?
A fox – it’s small and sassy (like me!).

What do you like to do in your free time?
Anything outdoors … I’m a rock climber, hiker and camper!

Alaine Stevens

Music Instructor

What is your favorite animal and why?
I have always loved all animals. Although, I would have to say my favorite is the hippopotamus. I remember thinking when I was quite young, that when they opened their mouths they looked like they were smiling. To me as a child, it looked like their mouths would turn up on the sides when their mouths were open and you could see all their teeth. Therefore, they were smiling and showing how happy they were.

What movie best describes your life?
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding!” My dad’s side of the family are Greek. I am from a large family. My paternal grandparents lived right next door to my parents. My maternal grandparents lived at the other end of my block. My aunts, uncles and cousins lived in between, my family is very close. Since I am the only girl among three boys, my parents paid for my wedding. It was a fiasco. Very similar to the movie. I had a fairly large wedding with many bridesmaids and groomsmen. I was married in New York state in December, between semesters in college. It happened to snow several feet the night before my wedding!.

What’s your favorite treat from Andy’s Frozen Custard?
I love it all! What I usually get, when on the rare occasion I get to go to Andy’s, is the Strawana or the Ozark Turtle without the hot fudge.

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