Preschool Teachers

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Alison Johnson, Director

I am blessed to be part of the Berry’s Chapel Preschool family. Children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3) and I am thankful every day for the opportunity to be a part of the lives of our preschool families.

I was raised in Fayetteville, TN and attended Tennessee Technological University where I received my B.S. degree in civil engineering and more importantly met my husband, Trevor. God has blessed us with two children, Tyler and Rachel.

My family moved to Franklin in 2002 from Kingsport, TN. While my children were younger, I was fortunate to be a “stay-at-home” mom. My passion for working with children led me to Berry’s Chapel Preschool. I began teaching the 4 year old class in 2007, became assistant director in 2011, and director in 2015. My family is part of the Berry’s Chapel Church family.

It is my goal for our preschool parents to know their children are loved here at Berry’s Chapel and for each preschooler to have fun while learning.

Ms. Sonia, Assistant Director & Teacher – PreK1 Class

My name is Sonia Dupay and I am so happy to be a part of the BCPS family! I began teaching PreK1 at Berry’s Chapel Preschool in 1999 and these women I work with are truly my family!

My husband Mark and I have been married for over 25 years and have two daughters Kristen and Bethany. We are all active members of the Berry’s Chapel church of Christ and love working and worshiping here. I am a graduate of Marshall University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. My passion for being a mom, my love of children and my obsession with crafting and using creative teaching techniques makes me so excited about another great year at BCPS!



Ms. Denise, Teacher – 2 Year Old Class

My name is Denise Johnson and I have had the great pleasure and privilege of teaching at Berry's Chapel since 1987. I also worked in the two year old developmental preschool class at Waves Early Intervention for 10 years. My husband and I are both from Middle Tennessee and attend Berry's Chapel Church of Christ. I have a degree in Elementary Education from MTSU and have received extensive training in working with children with Autism and other developmental delays. My three sons all attended Berry's Chapel Preschool and my grandchildren are continuing the tradition. I love working with the 2's because they are so full of excitement and enthusiasm every day. I look forward to another wonderful year watching these precious children as they grow and mature physically, socially, and mentally. Every day is a new and exciting adventure!

Ms. Melissa, Teacher - 2 Year Old Class

I'm blessed to have been a teacher at Berry's Chapel since 2004 and thrilled to be teaching the 2s class this year. I've taught the 3s class for 8 years, substitute taught for 2 years, and taught Sunday school since college. I've also been a camp counselor and volunteer in our kids' schools for years. It's truly a joy to work each day with friends who really love making learning fun and love showing their students how very deeply God loves these Berries!

My husband Greg and I both grew up in Nashville, graduated from Lipscomb University, and lived in Franklin since 2000 when we found Berry's Chapel Preschool right away. We have a son Drew and daughter Emily. Both still enjoy friends they made at Berry's Chapel Preschool and continue to talk about their wonderful preschool memories. THANK YOU for sharing your most treasured blessings with us here!



Ms. Amy, Teacher – 3 Year Old Class

Hi! My name is Amy Turner. In 2007, I began teaching the 2 and 3 year olds at Berry's Chapel Preschool. I LOVE it! My husband I have 2 beautiful daughters, Ashton and Reagan. I have a degree in Human Services. I love working, playing, and just being with children! They make me HAPPY! Berry’s Chapel Preschool is a wonderful loving Christian atmosphere!

Ms. Joelle, Teacher – 3 Year Old Class

Hi!  My name is Joelle Colhour.  This is my first year teaching at Berry's Chapel Preschool and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this amazing school!  I feel so blessed to be teaching with Ms. Amy in the 3's class, and I know we're going to have a great year.

I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Jim, for almost thirteen years.  We have three beautiful daughters, Delaney, Adelyn, and Isla. In 2013, we moved to Franklin from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  We have definitely enjoyed the warmer winters!  

My two youngest daughters have both attended Berry's Chapel Preschool.  I fell in love with this wonderful school and the sweet teachers from the very beginning!  I am so excited at this opportunity to be a part of this school and to watch your children learn, grow, and have fun this year! 



Ms. Sarah, Teacher - 3 Year Old Class

Hi! My name is Sarah Byram and I am thrilled to be part of Berry's Chapel Preschool this year! My husband, Brett, and I have two sons, Andrew and Curtis. Our family moved to the area in 2013 from North Carolina, where I taught fifth grade until the birth of our son. After that, I worked with three, four, and five year-olds at the North Raleigh Church of Christ Preschool in Raleigh, NC. Having worked with elementary-aged students, I know what a wonderful gift it can be for children to have positive, fun, and engaging preschool experiences – experiences that will allow them to enter kindergarten confidently and with excitement! With that in mind, I am so happy and honored to be able to be a part of your little berry’s life this year!

Ms. Cindy, Teacher - 3 Year Old Class

My name is Cindy Baxter and I am very excited to be teaching at Berry’s Chapel Preschool this year. I am from Cookeville Tennessee and met my husband, Brandon, while at Tennessee Tech University where I earned a degree in elementary education. Brandon and I were married in 2003 and have lived in the Brentwood and Franklin area since that time. We are members of the Hillsboro Church of Christ and have two children, Matthew and Elizabeth.

Working with children has always been a passion of mine. I taught preschool at High Hopes for two years and have been teaching private piano lessons for over 15 years. It is such a joy to watch children learn, discover, and grow! I look forward to a wonderful year with the Berries.



Ms. Shelly, Teacher - 3 Year Old Class

My name is Shelly Hedgepath and I am excited to be a part of the Berry’s Chapel Preschool this year. I feel like I am coming home in a sense because my husband, Chad and I were members of the Berry’s Chapel congregation for 8 years as he served as Youth Minister. I was born and raised in Williamson County and attended Lipscomb University where I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. My husband and I lived in Honduras for almost 3 years where I directed 4 Early Childhood Development Centers. We have two precious boys, Isaac and Enoch. We are members of the Heritage Church of Christ in Franklin. I taught Kindergarten for 10 years in the Williamson County School District. I have a passion for children, am completely amazed at how they learn and their excitement to learn. I look forward to sharing the love of our Lord with such a special group of children, parents and teachers.

Ms. Bethany, Teacher - 3 Year Old Class

Hi my name is Bethany Hickman.  This is my first year as a teacher at Berry's Chapel Preschool and I am very excited to be here!!  I am from Franklin and actually attended the preschool here at Berry's Chapel in the late 70's!  My husband Jim and I have been married for 21 years and have three children Rachel, Emily, and Eric.  We are members here at Berry's Chapel and my two oldest attended preschool here as well.  

Being a parent is the best job in the world!  I have loved watching my children grow and learn through the years and develop as Christians.  I look forward to helping your children grow and learn in Christ's love this year at Berry's Chapel Preschool! 



Ms. Cathy, Teacher – 4 Year Old Class

My name is Cathy DuPuy and I am so excited to be teaching the 4 year olds again this year. My children went to BCPS for preschool, and I feel so blessed that God put me where I needed to be so that I could continue to be a part of BCPS even after they “graduated.” In 2010 I began teaching the 4 year old class; this is such a wonderful age. We look forward to helping your children grow and learn in Christ’s love.

My husband and I are both from Virginia, but have been living in Franklin since 2007. I graduated from the University of Virginia, and received my Masters in Middle School Teaching from VA Commonwealth University. I spent several years teaching middle school in Virginia, and in California, and chose to stay home with our three beautiful children after they were born. I fell in love with BCPS as a parent and love it even more as a teacher. I look forward to another exciting year full of arts, crafts, and learning with your child.

Ms. Jessa, Teacher – 4 Year Old Class

With her masters in education, Jessa Sexton has been in the field since 2006. Jessa and her husband Jay love spending time with and talking about their children (Jack, Jonas, and June—yes, they all have “J” names, which was an accident at first and unavoidable after that), traveling, eating at new restaurants, and watching comedies. In addition to her job at the preschool, she is also a published author, a free-lance editor, and a founding member of a non-profit called The Hilliard Institute for Educational Wellness. When Jessa experiences a rare moment alone, she watches classic television, composes songs and sonnets, reads, crafts, or gets lost in planning and goal setting.



Ms. Michelle, Teacher – PreK1 Class

Berry's Chapel Preschool has been a part of my life for over 10 years now! I started out as a parent and soon became a teacher here. I thought I would stay until my children finished preschool; they are now teenagers! So as you can see, Berry's Chapel is a special place to me.

I grew up in Centerville, Tennessee. After graduating high school, I went to Lipscomb University where I earned a bachelor's degree in Social Work. This is where I also met my husband, Scott. We have been married over 20 years. We are members of the Granny White Church of Christ where Scott is the outreach minister. Our lives are filled with teenagers and children, and we couldn't feel more blessed!

Ms. Juanita, Teacher – PreK2 Class

My name is Juanita Campbell and I have been blessed to teach at Berry’s Chapel Preschool since 2003. I have taught the 3s, PreK1 and currently, PreK2. I truly enjoy teaching and nurturing children in a Biblical environment. We laugh, experiment, explore and play while learning important concepts to be successful in kindergarten. My love of science and music make our classroom eventful and melodious! I began the Berry's Chapel PreK2 handbell choir in 2012. The students enjoy performing their handbell music in our yearly programs.

I am a middle Tennessee native, born and raised in Hendersonville, TN. I graduated with a B.A. from MTSU where I met my husband, Phil, who is a Franklin native. Our family has lived in Franklin since 1998. Phil as well as our two daughters, Kathryn and Anna Leigh, attended Berry's Chapel Preschool. I am an active member of Clearview Baptist Church, where I have taught Bible classes and choir to all ages and perform in the Clearview Baptist Handbell choir.



Ms. Cheryl, Teacher – PreK2 Class

My name is Cheryl Crockett and I began teaching at Berry’s Chapel Preschool in 2001. I have taught practically every age group and have loved them all. Currently, I teach Pre K2 with Juanita Campbell, we have been together a number of years now and have a great working relationship. It is very rewarding to watch the children grow and make incredible progress in all aspects of what they are learning. I love my job and I can honestly say I enjoy coming to work every day.

My husband Watt and I have lived in Franklin for almost 25 years and have 3 children, Robert, Katie, and Sam.

I am looking forward to meeting your children and starting a new and exciting year at Berry’s Chapel Preschool.