Our Teachers

Weekday Staff Bio's

                                                        Beth P. Darnell, Director of Weekday Programs
                                                   Beth is a native of Wilkes County.  She graduated from East Wilkes 
                                                   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.

                                                       Holly Burcham, Teacher in the Baby Class

                                                       Tonya Chappell, Teacher in the Baby Class

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.

                                                       Jessica Tharington, Assistant in the Three Year Old Class
                                                       Jessica grew up in the Beulah community.   She graduated from Surry 
                                                       Early College HS of Design in 2011.  She also has an Associates 
                                                       Degree in medical assisting.  Jessica and her husband, Luke have one 
                                                       daughter, Aubree Rose.  They live in Thurmond/Mountain Park area on 
                                                       their own farm.  Jessica loves working with her farm animals.  She and 
                                                       her family attend Ebenezer FUMC.
                                                       Jessica began working at Elkin FUMC Preschool, Aug. of 2018.

                                                       Kayla Chilton, Lead Teacher in the Four Year Old Class


                                                        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.