Meet Our Administration & Teachers
The administrative staff is here to serve your family. One of our main goals at Lakeside Preschool is to assist in the development of the whole child. We understand that the preschool years are a time to discover, a time to play and develop new skills. It is also a time to begin to lay the foundation for the children to learn about God’s love. The staff is responsible for the daily operation of the preschool, along with overseeing the safety of the program and the well-being of staff, parents and children. The administrative staff works to ensure the school is in compliance with all licensing regulations. Please feel free to stop in at any time with any questions or concerns.
Marti Pacheco-School Director
Marti Pacheco-School Director
What brought you to Lakeside?
God lead me to Lakeside in the late spring of 2004. I picked up a local publication one morning and saw a posting for a lead preschool teacher. I had taught preschool a couple of years before while living in North Carolina. When we moved to Florida I decided to close that door and find something else to do. Well God was not through with me when it came to working in the preschool arena. The ad that was posted was in fact supposed to run a week later. I would have been on vacation. I called about the position, interviewed that afternoon and the next evening accepted the position as the first four year old lead teacher at Lakeside Fellowship UMC Preschool. God has filled my bucket year after year with sweet smiles, hugs and kisses of hundreds of children. There have been many challenges as well but by His grace and mercy he has seen me through. I loved my job as a teacher many years ago and love my job as the preschool director today. I am thankful that God lead me here in 2004 and thankful that He still guides me today.
What do you like most about your ministry here?
There are many things I LOVE about my ministry at Lakeside. Greeting the children and families as they arrive in the mornings and popping in the classrooms throughout the week to play in one of the centers with the students (sometimes you just need to take a break, it’s a pleasant distraction from the paperwork from time to time). I think one of the most favorite parts of my ministry is our daily chapel at the preschool. I love hearing the students worship and pray every day and they enjoy it. It’s a beautiful thing. Another moment that makes my heart smile is seeing the students running chapel. One day a week one of our preschool classes runs chapel. It’s great to see the parents stay and watch their children perform a Bible story. Any time we can help a family with meals, prayers or just listening when they need someone to talk to reminds me that I am here to help do His work. I love to serve.
What do you love to do most when you aren’t working and spending time with family?
I love being outside, I enjoy listening to the birds and working in my yard. My husband and I have been updating the inside of our house so for the past year I have enjoyed channeling the decorator in me. I’ve picked out granite, fixtures, paint, window coverings you name we’ve done it. Working in the yard or on the house is hard work and its great therapy. I like to cook when I have time and invite people over for a meal. I also spend time volunteering at Bridgeview Center skilled nursing home in Ormond Beach where my mom lives. I love reading, singing or holding hands and talking with some of the residents there including my mom, the sunshine of my life.
Tell us about your family
I have been happily married since 1979. My husband is my best friend, he always knows how to make me smile. He is kind and loving and to me the best husband and father in the world. He is the executive marketing director for a children’s book company in Lake Mary. We have one child a son that amazes us to this day. He graduated from UCF in 2012 and has a beautiful wife. We enjoy spending time with them and traveling with them. When we are not working we are training for a half marathon or marathon. My husband and son got involved a few years ago in running and I was more than happy to be their #1 fan and their main support groupie. In 2010 they coaxed me into running a half marathon which was amazing. In January 2013 my son and I did the Disney Marathon shoulder to shoulder. That was one of my best and one of the most physically hardest days in my life. I am happy to be their #1 fan again. One thing I found out is I am not a huge fan of running! I prefer walking but at my pace! I love God and my family so every chance I get to spend with them is a blessing.
Debbie Heald-Assistant Preschool Director
Debbie Heald-Assistant Preschool Director
The role of staff is not only to teach curriculum but to live in a way that models the love and acceptance of Christ. At a minimum, all staff members are required to have 40 hours training in Early Childhood Education, have CDA/CDS certifications or are currently working towards their degree in childhood education. You’ll find our staff is highly qualified with years of experience in education and choose to teach at Lakeside because it is a neighborhood Christian community.
Laurie Cardona-VPK Teacher, Cheerful Chickadees
I am very blessed to be teaching VPK at Lakeside Fellowship. My husband and I have been living in Florida for 30 years. We have two grown children and four precious grandchildren. I have been working in the field of education for 25 years. I have been teaching preschool for 10 of those years. I have earned my Early Childhood Professional Certificate with a Preschool Specialization. I truly enjoy teaching the four-year-old VPK class and have a passion for early literacy. In my free time, I enjoy reading, going to the beach, working out at the gym, and spending time with my husband, children, and grandchildren.
Dana Johnson-VPK Teacher, Playful Pets
I am so honored to be working as a VPK preschool teacher at Lakeside Fellowship! I have a vested interest in the preschool program since 2 of my 3 children attended Lakeside. My boys were blessed by amazing, Godly teachers (my oldest son even had Marti as his teacher!). I have had a lifelong passion for reading and grammar, which is why I received my college degree in Language Arts Education from the University of Central Florida. I spent years tutoring children of all ages in multiple subjects and homeschooling my 3 children for 6 years. Homeschooling my children gave me the opportunity to weave my children’s education and their Christian faith together. I believe God has blessed me with a love of learning and a desire to teach others. Last year was my first year on staff at Lakeside, and I fell in love with the children as they continued to fill my love~bucket daily! I am blessed to be partnered with Ms. Cheryl as she brings a plethora of preschool knowledge and passion to our classroom. Together, as a team, we hope to provide a safe, joyful, and educational atmosphere to our Playful Pets classroom.
Cheryl Sturgis-VPK Assistant, Playful Pets
Hi my name is Cheryl Sturgis. I married my loving husband 15 years ago. We were blessed with a son. Shortly after his birth, God put it on my heart to change career paths. I started volunteering with children in our church. God gave me the passion of working with younger children. I want to make a difference in every child by installing a love of learning and helping them flourish academically, socially , and spiritually! I went back to school for early childhood education. I received my training with Kristine Steinert and we have been working together the last six years. God is so good by giving us the opportunity to continue working together at Lakeside! I love that each day begins with chapel! I’m so excited to be a part of the Lakeside teaching staff and I’m looking forward to all the blessings God has planned for us.
Lori Brashears-Preschool Teacher, Soaring Super Heroes
Hello, I am Lori Brashears. I am thrilled to be a teacher here at Lakeside Fellowship. I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana but grew up in Boca Raton, Florida. After moving to Central Florida in the early 90’s, I attended high school and college here and received my CDA. I am the wife of a youth pastor at a local church. We will celebrate our 23rd year together this year. We have 4 fun children (2 boys and 2 girls). I use “children” loosely because 3 of them are already teenagers. Their ages are 19, 17, 13 & 9 years old. We enjoy serving in ministry and in the community together as a family. If there is any spare time, I enjoy cooking, organizing and being creative. My youngest attended Lakeside for VPK and I spent the year substituting here. I’ve been here for 6 years. I was very impressed with the school’s standards and goals which makes it a pleasure to be back teaching after being a stay at home mom for over 15 years. I count it a blessing to be able to pour into these small children not only academically but spiritually and socially as well.
Kim Richardson-Preschool Teacher, Mighty Mates
I have been happily married for 21 years, to my wonderful husband Rusty. I have 2 sons. Brady is 16years old and Weston is 12 years old. I have been been working with children at my son’s schools and my church for over 10 years. My passion is teaching children. I have been been teaching at Lakeside for 3 years . In my spare time I am a FULL time Soccer mom. Both of my son’s play. We enjoy going to tournaments and spending time together as a family. I love to read, and I love to teach!!! I am truly blessed to be a part of the Lakeside family! God is SO good!!
Brandi Moss-Preschool Teacher, Tiny Teddy Bears
Hello, I am Brandi Moss. I am a wife and a mom of 3 wonderful kids. Andrew, Bella, and Hannah. I have two dogs that are my fur babies. I grew up in upstate NY . My husband and I decided to move to Florida in 2000. I was a stay at home mom until my youngest started Kindergarten. I love working at Lakeside. It gives me the perfect balance to be a mom and be apart of an amazing teaching team.
Katy Barber-VPK Assistant, Cheerful Chickadees
Hi, my name is Katy Barber. I am thrilled to be on the teaching staff at Lakeside. I was formerly an elementary school teacher and Reading specialist. This is my first time back to work full time after taking several years off, having the honor of staying home with my children. I substituted at Lakeside last year, and my youngest son attended Lakeside for 3 years. I have always felt a part of the family here. My husband Kevin and I have been married for 18 years, and we have three amazing boys: Micah, age 14; Luke, age 13; and Ben, age 8. Being around, loving and caring for, and teaching children is what comes naturally to me. It’s what gives me tremendous joy, and I am ever thankful it’s my gifting. Other than spending time with my family (raising these 3 boys is a full time job in and of itself!), I enjoy reading, writing, exercising, traveling, and cooking healthy yummy meals. It’s my aspiration to write a cookbook someday. Thank you for allowing me to spend time with your little ones. I consider it a blessing, and I look forward to getting to know you and your children.