Our Teachers

Weekday Staff Bio's

                                                                            Beth P. Darnell, Director of Weekday Programs
Beth is a native of Wilkes County.  She graduated from High School in 1992 and received her Early Childhood Degree from Surry Community College in 2012.  Beth has three children, Andrew, Samuel, and Sarah.  She is a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church and in her spare time loves spending time with her family and scrapbooking. Beth has been the director of Elkin FUMC Preschool since 2012.


 Jerry Duncan, Lunch/Food Service Assistant                                                                                                                          
Jerry Duncan has lived in Elkin her whole life and was married for 49        years. She has 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.  She    is a member of Jonesville Pentecostal Holiness Church. Jerry has                worked for Elkin FUMC Preschool since 2010.


Tonya Chappell, Teacher in the Baby Class

Tonya is a graduate of East Wilkes High School. She has worked in many different atmospheres and has never felt the joy at any other position as the one caring for the children of Elkin FUMC.
 Tonya has a great love for others especially for children. She enjoys helping them learn and grow. She is thankful for the opportunity and support she has with her co-workers and the parents of the awesome and entertaining group of children.


Dorothy Harris, Lead Teacher in the Two Year Old Class                                                                                                                                                                                                
Dorothy was born in Ft. Lewis, Washington into an Army family.  She          has  lived in Hawaii, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Washington, Germany, and North Carolina.  She lives in Elkin with her husband, Jonathan and their two children Korbin and Callie.  In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, baking, shopping and scrapbooking.  
Dorothy has worked as a teacher at Elkin FUMC Preschool since 2011.      


 Amanda Bledsoe, Lead Teacher in the Three Year Old Class                                                                                             
Amanda has lived in the State Road area her whole life.  She graduated 
from Elkin High School in 1993.  Amanda and her husband, Brad, 
have been married for 12 years and they have 3 children: Blake 19, 
Madalyn 10 & Braden 6.  She is a member of Poplar Springs Baptist 
Church.  In her spare time she loves spending time with family, 
shopping, and being outside.  
Amanda has worked as a teacher at Elkin FUMC Preschool since 2015.


Angie Graham, Assistant in the Three Year Old Class
Angie taught 30 years in Surry County Sr. High Schools.  She and her
husband, Chuck, live in Dobson.  They have two sons, Chase and               Carter.  She is a member of Dobson First Baptist where she sings in the  choir and  plays the organ. Angie began working at Elkin FUMC Preschool, Aug. of 2018.



 Lori Carroll, Assistant in the Four Year Old Class
Lori originally from central New York, has lived in Elkin since 2005.          Lori is the mom of three boys and grandmother to four. Lori and her family are  members of the First United Methodist Church of Elkin.
Lori began working at Elkin FUMC Preschool in 2008.



  Donna Shuford, Assistant in the Four Year Old Class                                                                                                         
Donna and her husband, Mike  have lived in Elkin since.  July, 2017. 
Mike is the Pastor of Elkin FUMC.  Donna was thrilled to learn that the 
church has a Preshool program when Mike was appointed as Pastor.  
She has previously worked at Sylva First UMC's preschool.  She feels
 blessed to be a part of this wonderful preschool, she loves children and 
 she believes that Elkin is a great place to live.                                                   Donna began working at Elkin FUMC preschool Aug. of 2018.