MZP Staff

Find out a little more about our staff team below.


Preschool Director

Katie Wetherington

Katie grew up in Dacula Georgia, graduated from the University of Georgia and married her high school sweetheart.  She and her husband, Jonathon, married in 1999 and have three daughters, Abigail, Anabel and Rachel Mae.  Katie’s background is in human resource management, operations and staffing. Katie worked at MZP while her girls were young and while teaching her deaf daughter to listen and speak. After returning to the corporate world for several years, God brought her back to MZP as our Director in 2015. Katie is passionate about preschool education and wants kids to fall in love Jesus and with learning.

Administrative Assistant

Melissa Brown

Melissa has lived in the Gwinnett area her entire life (in fact she grew up right here on Scenic Highway) and graduated from South Gwinnett High School.  She attended Shorter University in Rome, GA before marrying her high school sweetheart, Jason.  Jason and Melissa have been married since 1998 and now have 5 beautiful children- 2 biological and 3 adopted. Melissa taught at Mount Zion Weekday Preschool from 1999-2007 while two of her children attended here.  She was excited to return to Mount Zion Preschool in her new role as Administrative Assistant in 2017.

Curriculum and Certificate Coordinator

Brittany Crow

Brittany Crow is a Georgia girl, born and raised. She married her high school sweetheart, Matthew in 2007. Brittany and Matthew have two sons, Aiden and Grayson. Brittany and her family have attended Mount Zion since 2012 and she has served in preschool ministry with previous churches since 2007. Brittany’s background includes office management for a medical supply company and owning her business, Brittany Crow Photography (BCP). Needless to say, she loves photography. Brittany’s favorite part of serving at MZP is teaching children to smile and to love Jesus!

Music Teacher

Ali Morgan

Ali has been a Gwinnett County resident all her life! She graduated from Parkview High School in 1993. Shortly after completing a music degree from Mercer University, she married her high school sweetheart and began her happily ever after!  Ali shared her musical talent in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Atlanta Opera company for a few years. Then, while running a successful Tupperware business for many years, God blessed the Morgan’s with 2 beautiful daughters. Her daughters had the privilege of attending Mount Zion Preschool every year of their preschool days! She is now honored to share her musical talents with the precious kids and their families at Mount Zion Preschool. 

4 Year Old Teachers

Holly Ramsour

Lead Teacher, 4/5 Transition Class

Holly Ramsour is the lead teacher for our Transition Class.  She has taught in public schools and has been on staff at MZ Preschool since 2012.  Holly, a native Texan, graduated from Baylor University. She met her husband Marc while on a mission trip. Marc and Holly married in 1998 and have 3 daughters. She wants her students to leave every day excited about learning.

Jan Byers

Lead Teacher, 4 year old program

Jan was born and raised in Grayson Georgia and received an associate degree from Georgia Perimeter College.  She and her husband, Ed, have one daughter, Rachel.  Jan strives to ensure the children leave preschool with a love for learning and for Jesus.  Jan joined our MZP team in 2002.

Jill Story

Lead Teacher, 4 year old program

Jill has been ministering to children and youth through preschool teaching, children’s church, puppet ministry, Sunday school, youth counseling, and bus driving for over 30 years. In addition to teaching in our 4 year old program, she leads all of the 4 year olds in their PE activities. Jill has 2 grown daughters, 2 sons-in-law, and 2 granddaughters. Ms. Jill Joined MZP in 1996.

Kathy Jarvis

Lead Teacher, 4 year old program

Kathy loves teaching and reading books! She joined MZP in 1995 and has been working with fours the entire time. Kathy and her husband, Bill, married in 1986 and have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Mrs. Kathy makes learning fun!

Gayle Kelley

Assistant Teacher, 4/5 Transition Class

Gayle Kelley and her husband, Tony, married in 1979 and have four children, and nine grandchildren. God gave her a passion to teach the word of God and show the love of Christ to children. Knowing this calling on her life, Gayle started teaching and working with children at a young age.  She leads our Bible class for our four year old program and has been teaching at Mount Zion Preschool since 1997.

Anisha Arul Chinnappan

Assistant Teacher, 4 year old program

Anisha was born and raised in India and moved to USA after marrying her husband Albert in 2011. She is blessed with 2 boys Joshua & Caleb. She has a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology and worked in IT for 3 years. She loves to cook & shares the recipes in her YouTube channel Cooking365. She volunteers in the children's ministry at Grace Fellowship church. She understood the passion and calling that God has placed in her heart for the next generation and loves to teach them and lead them in Christ.

Jessica Cash

Assistant Teacher, 4 year old program

Jessica grew up in Huntsville, Alabama and graduated from Athens State University. She and her husband, Thomas, were married in 2006 and have 3 boys. Jessica is an active volunteer in the children’s ministry at her church and volunteers at her boys elementary school. She loves helping children discover and learn new things as well as teaching them the love of Christ.

Marissa Moors

Assistant Teacher, 4 year old program

Marissa moved to Georgia from Arizona in December of 2018. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor's degree in Business and Marketing. She has been married to her husband Stephen since 1997, and they have three sons and one daughter. She loves being active and being outside with her family. Marissa has served in the children’s ministry or youth ministry at all the churches where they’ve lived since 2002. She is currently serving in the youth & children’s ministry at Grace New Hope Church. Her favorite part of teaching is incorporating God’s love into the everyday learning activities with the kids and seeing their child-like faith grow.

Melissa Hembree

Assistant Teacher, 4 year old program

Melissa was married in November 2011 and has lived in Georgia since 1995. She has an accounting degree but has been a stay at home mom to her two young boys since 2012. Both of her children attended Mount Zion Preschool. She loves kids and loves being able to teach them about the love God. She started working at MZP as a two year old assistant in 2018 and also serves in children’s ministry at 12 Stone Church.

3 Year Old Teachers

Amy Baker

Lead Teacher, 3 year old program

Amy started teaching at Mount Zion Weekday Preschool in 2012. She grew up in Savannah and graduated from Georgia Tech. She and her husband Chad have four children and attend church at Mount Zion. Amy loves watching preschoolers blossom and grow as they make new friends and learn about the love of Jesus at Mount Zion.

Dawn Barker

Lead Teacher, 3 year old program

Dawn Barker has been teaching preschool since 2013. She married her husband in 1997 and together they have 3 beautiful girls and attend Bethlehem Church. Mrs. Dawn worked at Gwinnett Medical Center for 19 years as a registered nurse. After balancing preschool and nursing, she decided to "retire" from nursing. Mrs. Dawn is certified to teach CPR and first-aid and leads our staff in our certification classes. She also leads our afterschool STEM class. Most importantly, Mrs. Dawn loves to teach children they are special in every way because they are the children of the true King.

Becky Fleming

Lead Teacher, 3 year old program

Becky grew up in Augusta, GA and graduated from Georgia College in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. She married in 2007 to David and they have 2 children, Brayden and Quinn. She is very passionate about education, her faith, and making sure every child feels loved and adored. She loves to bake and never turns down a good donut or a piece of chocolate/candy.  Becky began teaching at Mount Zion Preschool in 2017.

Tracey Ogburn

Lead Teacher, 3 year old program

Tracey Ogburn is a long time resident of Gwinnett County.  She attended Five Forks Middle (the year it opened) and Brookwood High School.  She graduated from UGA and has been married to her husband Darien since 1990.  Tracey and Darien have 2 children.  Tracey is very involved with Grayson Cluster schools, Grace New Hope Church and Boy Scout Troop 56.  She loves hanging out with the little guys and watching them grow into Godly beings!

Jamie Cerezo

Lead Teacher, 3 year old program

Jamie grew up in central Illinois. She relocated to Georgia with State Farm in 2004. She quit in 2011 to be a stay at home mom. Jamie and her husband, Jesús, have six children between the two of them. Jamie has a God given passion for children. She wants all children to feel safe and loved. Jamie enjoys volunteering her time with children whether through school, church or youth sports. In her free time, she loves reading, listening to music and traveling.

Alexandra Vigorita

Assistant Teacher, 3 year old program

Alexandra was born and raised in Venezuela. She is an architect and graduated from Universidad Central de Venezuela. She moved to the USA in 2011 after marrying her husband Antonio. Their daughter Christina attended Mount Zion Preschool. She enjoys being around kids because when you give them love, they give you a lots of laughter, joy and happiness in return. Her hobbies are needlecraft, gardening and cooking. She feels blessed to be part of the MZP team and help children learn and grow in their love for Christ. You will easily recognize her because even on hots days she is wearing a turtleneck.

Meg Wood

Assistant Teacher, 3 year old program

Meg grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee where she went to Chattanooga State Community College. Meg and her husband, Jeremy were married in 1998 and have 3 children Graceanna, Maisey, and Easton. Meg and Jeremy moved to Grayson, Georgia in 2005 and are members at Mount Zion Baptist Church. Meg and Jeremy teach a high school life group, and Meg enjoys getting to help ones learn as they play at preschool.

Whitney Snowden

Assistant Teacher, 3 year old program

Whitney was born in Gwinnett, and grew up going to church at Mount Zion! After graduating from Loganville Christian Academy in 2018, she started at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, and plans to obtain a BA in Film and Television by 2022. She sees children as a hope for a brighter future in this world, and loves having the privilege to help them grow.

Lisa Burchard

Assistant Teacher, 3 year old program

Lisa has enjoyed teaching children, ranging from preschool through kindergarten ages, for more than 30 years. She loves using music to help students learn Bible verses and arts and crafts to expand their creativity. She and her husband were married in 1986 and have 4 grown children. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spoiling her 7 grandchildren, and working on craft projects. She is also active in her church at 12stone where she works in children’s ministries.

Bianca Jimenez

Assistant Teacher, 3 year old program

Bianca grew up in Norcross and Snellville. She graduated from Shiloh Highschool in 2004 ans soon married her highschool sweetheart that summer. Too in love to wait! They have 4 beautiful children: Gianna, Gino, Gabriel and Gian. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education in 2008 and has been teaching since. She truly enjoys teaching and loving on her students. She is excited and honored to be a part of Mount Zion Preschool and can't wait to share her love of Christ.

2 Year Old Teachers

Sunshine Edmunds

Lead Teacher, 2 year old program

Sunshine has been teaching two year olds at MZWP since 2003. She has a background and training in the performing arts. She uses that training to bring stories and activities in the classroom to life for the children. Sunshine is also the owner and director of our Footsteps in Faith after school dance program for children in our 3 and 4 year old classes. She and her husband Earl have 2 daughters and are in the international adoption process to adopt a son from Haiti. And yes, her real name is Sunshine!

Blake VanSant

Lead Teacher, 2 year old program

Blake grew up in Sandy Springs, Georgia. She is married and has one daughter. Blake is our lead teacher for the four day 2’s class. She has been teaching preschool since 2015. In her free time, she enjoys camping with her family and traveling. She is also very involved in the Grayson Cluster PTA. Blake attends church at Mount Zion. She enjoys watching children grow and helping them develop a love of Jesus.

Katy Cucuzza

Assistant Teacher, 2 year old program

Katy grew up in Snellville, graduated from South Gwinnett High School and has a degree in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. She has been married to her High School sweetheart Andrew since 2003, and they have two beautiful daughters.

Benitta Sandhya Kumara

Assistant Teacher, 2 year old program

Benitta was born and raised in India and received her Bachelor's of Computer Application from India. She has been married to her husband Stalin since 2008. She moved to the USA in 2011 after her husband got a job transfer. She is blessed with a son, Shawn Bennett, and she volunteers with the children's ministry at Grace Fellowship church. Her volunteer work has consistently led her to caring for young children. She love kids and it brings her joy to watch them grow. Her hobbies include gardening, crafts, and DIY projects.

Zoe Weston

Assistant Teacher, 2 year old program

Zoe was born and raised in Central Illinois. She graduated from U of I Springfield with her Bachelors of Social Work. She married her husband, Ben, in 2013. They have two children, Silas and Nora, who both attended and absolutely love Mount Zion Weekday Preschool. Zoe has a natural love for children. She brings patience and joy to the classroom, while helping children develop a love for learning and Jesus.

1 Year Old Teachers

Anna Norton

Lead Teacher, 1 year old program

Anna Norton grew up in Newnan, GA. She earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration. Anna has always enjoyed working with kids from nursery, Sunday school, babysitting, and working in a daycare setting. She has loved every opportunity! She is married to Bobby and have 4 children Lucy, Abbie, Olivia, and a boy, Charlie. She loves watching her kids play sports and taking cruises with her family.

Lauren Bower

Assistant Teacher, 1 year old program

Lauren is a lifelong resident of Gwinnett county who grew up in Lilburn and graduated from Brookwood High School. She has been married to her husband Zach since 2008, and they have two children Caleb and Lucy. Lauren has been a stay at home mom beginning in 2009 as well as taking care of other children in her home over the last ten years. Both of their children attended Mount Zion Preschool and played Mount Zion sports where Lauren also coached the cheerleaders. She loves photography, crafts, puppets and volunteering in her kids classrooms and sports teams.

Stellar Sub

Amy Peevy

Stellar Sub

Amy has been subbing for Mount Zion Weekday Preschool since 1998.  She loves all students and works well with all ages.  She is dependable, friendly, and our #1 go to.   Amy works with Mount Zion Children’s ministry as well.  Amy is married and has three adult daughters- Naomi, Elizabeth, and Rachel