Tracy Wiggenhorn, Preschool Director/Teacher:

Tracy earned her Bachelor of Science in social work from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and then completed her Master of Arts in teaching from Greenville College with endorsements in social studies and science. Between undergraduate and graduate classes, she has over twenty-one hours of early childhood coursework. Throughout her career as a case manager, behavior specialist, and administrator, she has spent eleven years working with adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Before starting at Faith in 2011, she worked at Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto as a preschool teacher. In addition to her professional endeavors, Tracy is a talented musician, having taught piano lessons for twelve years and middle school choir for six years. She has raised three sons of her own, as well as taught Sunday school and led youth groups. Tracy aims to share the joy of knowing Jesus with her young students and to inspire them always to be lifelong learners.

Email address: twiggenhorn@flcgodfrey.org   
 

Regina (Gina) King, Preschool Afternoon Assistant Director/Teacher:
Regina has two adult children, Brad and Amber.  She is the Director of the preschool ministry at Enjoy Church where she attends.  She has extensive experience in the early childhood profession.  She graduated from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL with a B.S. in the field of Early Childhood Education.  She later received her M.S. in Education.  Gina has a strong passion for young children and teaching and guiding them into a close personal relationship with God.

Email address: gking@flcgodfrey.org


Tammi Galloway, Three-Year-Old Preschool Teacher:

Tammi began her professional life in 1996 as a licensed vocational nurse taking care of children with special needs and those who survived catastrophic injuries. She then ran her own licensed daycare in Los Angeles, CA, until relocating to Godfrey, IL, in 2004. Between her career as a nurse, “playing teacher” as a kid, and homeschooling five of her six children, Tammi has always been passionate about caring for and teaching others. Returning to school to further her education was one of the best decisions she ever made; she is currently pursuing her Associate of Arts degree at Lewis and Clark Community College and her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services/Early Childhood Development at Missouri Baptist University. A faithful Christian who aims to live a God-first life, Tammi is honored to serve at Faith and to be a part of positively impacting young children’s lives during the early stages of their growth and development.

Email address:  tgalloway@flcgodfrey.org

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Sharen Nolte, Assistant Teacher:

Sharen graduated with an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Lewis and Clark Community College. She taught at Zion Lutheran Preschool in Bethalto for nineteen years and served as director of the preschool for sixteen of those years. She then earned a Certification in Financial Planning (CFP) and worked as a financial planner with American Express Financial Advisors for nine years and spent another ten with Edward Jones. She and her husband, Nelson, live in Moro and are the proud parents of three daughters and a son and grandparents to nine children. Sharen is enjoying working part-time at Faith alongside Mrs. Wiggenhorn, Ms. Galloway, and Mrs. King.



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Shelia Russell, Assistant Teacher:

Shelia has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Lewis and Clark Community College and has spent over thirty years caring for and teaching children, from infants to third graders. For thirteen of those years, she worked for two different Christian schools in the local area. She is married with one daughter and two grandchildren and attends Lifehouse Community Church in Alton.