About the Preschool
Friendship Presbyterian Church began a day school in 1966 with 15 children as a way to minister to the community. Knowing that an early educational start can have great impact all through a child’s life, the day school is still going strong with over 100 children in our most recent school year.
It is the philosophy of Friendship Preschool that early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploration, and discovery. Preschool children are creative and receptive; the program strives to nurture and encourage these qualities in its students. The preschool’s primary purpose is to provide an atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and development of the child. We also hope to nurture our students spiritually with a weekly chapel experience and blessings before snacks and meals. As God loves all of creation, we hope that each student at our school will experience the love of God while here at Friendship Preschool.
Friendship Preschool enrollees are assigned to specific age groups that meet on designated days. The preschool day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. Early drop-off or Lunch Bunch times are available. Our classes are as follows:
- First Friends (18 months-2 years): Parents may choose a M/W class or a T/Th class
- Two year olds: Parents may choose a T/Th class, a MWF class or a M-F class
- Three year olds: Parents may choose a 3 day option (M,T,W), a 4 day option (M,T,W,Th) or a 5 day option (M-F)
- Pre-K: Parents may choose 4 day option (M,T,W,Th) or a 5 day option (M-F)
Our tuition rates are:
- 2 day program: $175
- 3 day program: $210
- 4 day program: $245
- 5 day program: $270
Open enrollment begins on January 27, 2017. An Open House for prospective students will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Download the 2017-2018 Registration Form!
Download the 2016-2017 Academic Calendar!
For more information please contact the church office at 706-543-6077 or email us at email@example.com
“I have worked at Friendship Presbyterian Preschool for 7 years. I spent the last 6 years teaching in the 3 year old classroom and absolutely loved every minute of that experience. It is so much fun to see the excitement and wonder on a child’s face when they are exposed to new and exciting lessons at school. My husband and I moved with our two daughters to Oconee County eight years ago. My youngest daughter attended Friendship for Pre-K and that was when we fell in love with the school. We love this community and are so happy we get to call this wonderful place home.”
“I have served as Office Administrator for Friendship since 2007. I graduated from the University of Alabama-Huntsville with a B.S.B.A. in accounting and management information systems and worked with several accounting firms and non-profits before coming to Friendship. My husband Tom and I live in Jefferson and have 3 grown children.”
Lead Teacher – 5 Day 4’s (Pre-K)
I have a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development from Georgia Southern University. I have been teaching young children for 13 years. I have taught in the Clarke County School District in the Pre-K and Head Start programs. I also served as Program Coordinator, as well as taught, in a private half-day preschool for seven years. I am originally from Thomson, Georgia. My home church is Princeton United Methodist Church in Athens where I serve as Interim Children’s Ministry Director. My husband, Jeremy, grew up in Athens. We have two boys, Wilkes, 11 and David, 7.
Assistant Teacher – 5 day 4’s (Pre-K)
This is my 8th year at Friendship Preschool. I have worked with the two’s and three’s prior to joining Pre-K. I was born and raised in Oconee County and I love to spend time with my family and children. I am mom to Lindsay, Marley, Luke and Parker. I have enjoyed getting to know so many wonderful families over the years. I have a wonderful job and I am privileged to have a job I look forward to coming to each day.
Lead Teacher – 5 day 4’s (Pre-K)
I live in Bishop, GA with my husband Mike and our four children. I have been at Friendship for a total of 10 years, but have spent the last two years teaching in the Pre-K classroom with Ms. Chris. As a mom and teacher I have enjoyed working with several ages over the years and have loved being able to experience 3 of my 4 children graduating from Friendship Preschool. I’ve been a member of the Athens/Oconee Junior Woman’s club for 14 years and I am also a board member of the Oconee County Library Friends.
Assistant Teacher – 4 Day 4’s (Pre-K)
I have worked in the Pre-K classroom at Friendship Preschool since February 2006. This is my 15th year to work with young children.
I live in Oconee County with my husband of 35 years. We have four adult children who are all Oconee County School graduates.
Lead Teacher – 5 Day 3’s
This is my second year teaching at Friendship. My husband Chuck and I moved here from Hickory, NC. I am a mom to two boys, Drew and Ancel. I have a BS in Child Development. I have work experience as a preschool teacher and as a Director at a YMCA Child Development Center in NC. I enjoy working at Friendship Preschool and consider it a great honor to be a part of a child’s preschool experience.
Assistant Teacher – 5 Day 3’s
I have worked at Friendship Presbyterian Preschool for the past 6 years. I absolutely love my job! Prior to working in a preschool, I worked for 10 years as a medical assistant. I was born and raised in Oconee County and consider myself lucky to be raising my two daughters, Ashlee and Sarah Beth, here as well.
Lead Teacher – 3/4 Day 3’s
I live in Statham, GA with my husband, Rusty, and our three children, Ava-Cate (15), Halli-Gray (15) and Lleyton (12). I’ve lived in Oconee County for 11 years. I taught public school for 12 years at all different levels (elementary-high school). This is my fourth year at Friendship preschool and I love it! My hobbies include tennis, cheering on my children, and being with family and friends!
Assistant – 3/4 Day 3’s
I grew up in Gwinnett County, GA, and moved to Athens to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of Georgia. That is where I met my husband of 12 years. We have a six year old daughter who attends school in Oconee County as a first grader.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a love for children it’s no surprise to me that I found my way here to Friendship Preschool. This is my first year as a full time preschool teacher and second year at Friendship (formerly a sub). My daughter was a preschool student here at Friendship Preschool during the 2015-2016 school year and we both loved it so much!
Lead Teacher – 5 Day 2’s
I have been teaching at Friendship for the past 2 years. I worked here many years ago when my youngest son attended Friendship for preschool. I live in the Athens area with my husband Randy and my two youngest sons. I also have two older sons who attend UGA. I worked as a paralegal in the Atlanta area before I had children. I realized how much I enjoyed working with children and made a career change. My family and I love animals and are the proud owners of three dogs and one cat.
Assistant Teacher – 5 Day 2’s
This is my second year teaching at Friendship Preschool. I really enjoy this age group and feel so grateful to be able to teach these precious children. I have lived in Oconee County for the past 9 years. My husband Matt and I have two sons who attend college locally. Being a mom to boys, my family has always loved sports and spending time together cheering on our favorite teams.
Lead Teacher – 3 Day 2’s
I have been a teacher at Friendship for the past 10 years. I have my BS and Master’s in Early Childhood Education. I have live in Oconee County with my husband Steve for 21 years. My husband and I have 5 children and are proud Grandparents to Max, Andi, Lillian, and Lane. I enjoy being a part of a child’s learning experience.
Assistant Teacher – 3 Day & 2 Day 2’s
This is my second year teaching and my first year at Friendship Presbyterian Preschool. I moved to Athens 12 years ago and now my husband and I live in Oconee County. I am committed to making preschool a fun, safe and nurturing environment to learn in!
Mary Ann Murray
Lead Teacher – First Friends and 2 Day 2’s
This is my second year teaching at Friendship. I taught in public school prior to working at the preschool. I am a graduate of the University of Georgia and have always loved working with children. My husband is from Oconee County and spent his Preschool years at Friendship. We have three children and love that we get to raise them in Oconee County.