Preschool Teachers

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Alison Johnson, Director

Children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3) and Alison is thankful every day for the opportunity to be a part of the lives of Berry's Chapel Preschool's families.

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

Alison's family moved to Franklin in 2002 from Kingsport, TN. Her passion for working with children led her to Berry’s Chapel Preschool. She began teaching the 4 year old class in 2007, became assistant director in 2011, and director in 2015. Her family is part of the Berry’s Chapel Church family.

It is Alison's 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

Sonia began teaching PreK1 at Berry’s Chapel Preschool in 1999 and considers the women with which she works to be her family!

Sonia has been married to her husband Mark for over 25 years; they have two daughters Kristen and Bethany. Her family are active members of Berry’s Chapel Church of Christ. Sonia is a graduate of Marshall University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Her passion for being a mom, love of children, and obsession with crafting and using creative teaching techniques make her so excited about another great year at BCPS!



Ms. Denise, Teacher – 2 Year Old Class

Denise Johnson has had the great pleasure and privilege of teaching at Berry's Chapel since 1987. She also worked in the two year old developmental preschool class at Waves Early Intervention for 10 years. She and her husband are both from Middle Tennessee and attend Berry's Chapel Church of Christ. With a degree in Elementary Education from MTSU, Denise has received extensive training in working with children with Autism and other developmental delays. Her three sons all attended Berry's Chapel Preschool and her grandchildren are continuing the tradition. Denise loves working with the 2's because they are so full of excitement and enthusiasm every day. Denise looks 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. Amy, Teacher – 2 Year Old Class

In 2007, Amy Turner began teaching the 2 and 3 year olds at Berry's Chapel Preschool. She and her husband have 2 beautiful daughters, Ashton and Reagan. Amy has a degree in Human Services. Amy loves working, playing, and just being with children! Berry’s Chapel Preschool is a wonderful loving Christian atmosphere!



Ms. Melissa, Teacher - 3 Year Old Class

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

Melissa and husband Greg both grew up in Nashville, graduated from Lipscomb University, and lived in Franklin since 2000 when they found Berry's Chapel Preschool right away. The Ericsons 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. Lori, Teacher - 3s Class

Lori Hedge began teaching at Berry's Chapel Preschool in 2018 and she is excited to be a part of teaching the 3s class this year. She and her husband have been married over 15 years and they have 2 very spirited boys, Nathaniel and Ethan. Lori has been drawn to children since a very early age and has always wanted to be a mother. She is looking forward to the blessing of working with the kids and creating lasting memories with the little Berries!



Ms. Cindy, Teacher - 3 Year Old Class

Cindy Baxter is from Cookeville Tennessee where she met her husband, Brandon while at Tennessee Tech University. Cindy holds a degree in elementary education. After marrying in 2003, Cindy and Brandon have lived in the Brentwood and Franklin area. They are members of the Hillsboro Church of Christ and have two children, Matthew and Elizabeth.

Working with children has always been a passion of Cindy's. She taught preschool at High Hopes for two years and private piano lessons for over 15 years. It is such a joy to watch children learn, discover, and grow!

Ms. Jenny, Teacher - 3 Year Old Class

Jenny Davis grew up in Dickson, TN. She went on to college at Tennessee Tech University where she met and married her husband, Jason. She has degrees in Spanish and Business. After graduating college, Jenny and Jason moved to Nashville and then Franklin where they live with their kids, Joshua, Julia and Jordan. They are members at Brentwood Hills Church of Christ.

This is Jenny's first year teaching at Berry's Chapel, and she is so excited to be on the team! These early learning years are so important, and the children soak up life like little sponges. It's a privilege to get to be part of that time!



Ms. Cathy, Teacher – 4 Year Old Class

Cathy's children went to BCPS for preschool, and she feels so blessed that God put her where she needed to be so that she could continue to be a part of BCPS even after her children “graduated.” In 2010 Cathy 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.

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

Ms. Ashley, Teacher – 4 Year Old Class

Ashley Steakley is excited to be part of the 4’s class with the Berry’s Chapel team this year. She grew up here in Franklin, TN where she attended Berry’s Chapel Preschool herself. She has two children, Kalayah and Kai who were also berries! Ashley has always had a passion for working with children and has been blessed to do so since a very young age. She feels so blessed that God has given her the opportunity to now help and watch your berries grow this year!


Ms. Michelle, Teacher – PreK1 Class

Berry's Chapel Preschool has been a part of Michelle's life for over 15 years now! Michelle started out as a preschool parent and soon became a teacher here. Michelle thought she would stay until her children finished preschool; they are now grown! So as you can see, Berry's Chapel is a special place to her.

Michelle grew up in Centerville, Tennessee. She attended Lipscomb University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Social Work. Michelle met her husband Scott, whom she has been married to for over 20 years, at Lipscomb. Michelle's family are members of the Granny White Church of Christ where Scott is the outreach minister. Their lives are filled with teenagers and children, and they couldn't feel more blessed!

Ms. Sarah, Teacher - PreK2 Class

Sarah and husband Brett have two sons, Andrew and Curtis. Her family moved to the area in 2013 from North Carolina, where she taught fifth grade until the birth of their first child. After that, Sarah has 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, Sarah knows 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, Sarah is so happy and honored to be able to be a part of your little berry’s life this year!



Ms. Beth, Teacher - PreK2 Class

Beth Hickman is excited to be back at Berry's Chapel Preschool in the PreK2 class! She feels so blessed to be a part of the loving, Christian environment at Berry's Chapel.

Beth is a native of Franklin and attended Berry's Chapel Preschool herself! She loves reading, movies, especially Marvel, all things Disney, the beach, and spending time with her husband Jim and three children, Rachel, Emily, and Eric.

Ms. Juanita, Teacher – PreK2 Class

Juanita Campbell has been a teacher at Berry's Chapel Preschool since 2004 where she has taught 3's, PreK1 and PreK2. After a year at Pearre Creek Elementary assisting teachers, she is back with new ideas and knowledge of kindergarten requirements. She not only teaches preschoolers but she also teaches elementary aged children on Sunday mornings at Clearview Baptist Church. Her hobbies include crafts, puzzles, hand bells, and exercising.

Juanita and husband Phil, a former Berry's Chapel Preschool student, met and graduated from MTSU. They have two daughters, Kathryn and Anna Leigh, both who also attended Berry's Chapel Preschool. Juanita is excited to be back amongst her Berry's Chapel family. She considers it a passion and joy to nurture and teach the next generation while showing each Jesus' love.



Ms. Cheryl, Teacher – PreK2 Class

Cheryl Crockett began teaching at Berry’s Chapel Preschool in 2001. She has taught practically every age group and has loved them all. Cheryl finds it very rewarding to watch the children grow and make incredible progress in all aspects of what they are learning. Cheryl loves her job and can honestly say she enjoys coming to work every day.

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

Cheryl looks forward to meeting your children and starting a new and exciting year at Berry’s Chapel Preschool.