Meet our Teachers

Parents Morning Out

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Kim Drake became the lead teacher in the PMO classroom in 2017 after being the assistant for two years prior.  Kim grew up in Eastern North Carolina and studied elementary and special education at ECU.  Prior to coming to St. Paul’s, Kim worked at Vidant for 14 years but left to be a  stay at home mom to her six children who have attended St. Paul’s Preschool since 2005.  Kim and her husband, Daniel, love spending time with their family and friends at the beach.

Tracy Hodgin is a graduate of both the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with aIMG_4274 B.S. in Biology and the Presbyterian Hospital School of MedicalTechnology.  After working in hospital laboratories, she made the decision to join St. Paul’s Preschool, and has been in the PMO classroom since 2012.  She and her husband, Joey, have a daughter, Kaitlyn.

Two Year Olds

IMG_7726Pam Brock joined the St. Paul’s family last year as an assistant teacher in the two year old classroom, but is excited to be the lead teacher this year.  Pam has her BS from ECU in early childhood education and taught second grade for 30 years.  In retirement, Pam help with her grandchildren full-time who are now in elementary school.  Pam married her childhood sweetheart, Clip Brock, and together they have two children and four grandchildren.  St. Paul’s is very excited to have Pam as the lead teacher in the two year old class this year!

After being a substitute teacher at St Paul’s while her children attended, Lauren is IMG_7721excited to take on the role as Assistant Teacher in the 2 yr old class. Lauren grew up in Northern Virginia,  where she worked in several Preschool settings while studying Special Education. She eventually found herself in ENC with a B.S. degree in Business/Healthcare Management, but never lost her love for working with children. She currently lives in Greenville with her husband, 2 young children and 3 dogs. Lauren and her family love doing anything outdoors, especially spending time at the beach and in the mountains.

Three Year Olds

DaphneNDaphne Nifong has been a part of the St. Paul’s Preschool Family since September 2006.  She has been an assistant in the three and four year old classrooms and lead teacher in the PMO classroom. This year Daphne will be back again with the three year olds as lead teacher.  Daphne was a stay at home mom for 11 years before coming to St. Paul’s Preschool.  She has a B.S. in Health Administration, which is the field she worked in prior to starting her family.  Daphne grew up in Eastern N.C. and she and her husband, Wiley, have two children, both in college.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends at the beach.

IMG_4264aCheryl Sudzina has 16 years of experience being a teaching assistant for a range of ages including preschool through 8th grade.  She and her husband, Dave, moved to Greenville in 1998 with their two children. Cheryl and Dave are active members at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.  Cheryl began teaching at St. Paul’s in the fall of 2000 and began assisting Libby in 2003.  In 2006, it looked like Cheryl’s family would relocate to a different state, so she said goodbye to St. Paul’s.  The relocation never transpired, and in 2014 Cheryl returned to St. Paul’s once again.

Four Year Olds

Kimberly Carson is a graIMG_4289duate of East Carolina University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice. After spending two years as a case manager with “at risk youth” Kimberly coordinated continuing education programs for medical professionals. She took a short break to stay at home with her daughter, Reagan, before returning to work. She found a home at St. Paul’s Preschool and has been working in the classroom for since 2010.  On weekends, Kimberly enjoys riding horses, participating in equestrian events and doing arts and crafts.
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Libby Jethro joined the four year old class in 2017 as  teacher assistant after serving as the lead teacher in the three year old class since 2001. She is excited to be working with Kimberly Carson in a new role and a new classroom . She has a B.S. degree in Education (k-4) from UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to teaching at St. Paul’s, Libby taught preschool in Winston-Salem and Rocky Mount and public school kindergarten in Wake County. Libby and her husband, Gordon, have three sons.  Besides teaching, Libby enjoys volunteering with her church and Pitt County Schools, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family at the beach.

Director

IMG_1967Gretchen Hvastkovs grew up in California and attended college in Wyoming. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming in Family and Consumer Sciences. After college, her family relocated to Connecticut before settling in Greenville. Gretchen and her husband are very active with their three children. Prior to taking the director position, Gretchen was the lead teacher in the two year old room. She is looking forward to making a positive change here with the St. Paul’s Preschool family.

Resource Aid

Heather Alexander was an assistant in the two year old classroom for two IMG_1963years, but is now going to be helping in all of our classrooms as a resource aid.  Heather studied Graphic Design at Pitt Community College.  Prior to coming to St. Paul’s, she was a stay at home mom but previously worked at Keller Williams Reality and along with her husband, Todd, they owned their own photography business.  Born and raised in Washington, Heather now lives in Greenville with her husband and their two children.  Heather loves photography and being at the beach anytime she gets a chance!

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