October 5, 2015


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Camps for Ages 15 months – 3 years


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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): M/W option only
  •    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)

Tuition/Registration Fee

Our monthly tuition rates are:

  • 2 day program: $175
  • 3 day program: $210
  • 4 day program: $245
  • 5 day program: $270

Annual Registration Fee:  $150


Open enrollment begins on January 28, 2019. An Open House for prospective students will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Download the 2019-2020 Registration Form!

Download the 2018-2019 Registration Form!

Download the 2018-2019 FPP school yr calendar

For more information please contact the church office at 706-543-6077 or email us at preschool@gotofriendship.org

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Susanne Hayes

Susanne Hayes

Preschool Director

“I have worked at Friendship Presbyterian Preschool since 2011. 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.”

Donna Rigsby

Donna Rigsby

Preschool Administrator

“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.  I enjoy crafting, reading, and hiking.

Kelly Field

Kelly Field

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 and David.

Salinda Rogers

Salinda Rogers

Assistant Teacher – 5 day 4’s (Pre-K)

This is my 9th 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.

Caroline Hargrove

Lead Teacher – 5 day 4’s (Pre-K)

This is my first year at Friendship Preschool teaching in the 4 day Pre-K classroom.  I am the proud mother of Emma (13), Helena (11), Cora (8) and Houston (4). My teaching experience includes Middle School Math & Science, 2 year old Preschool and Preschool Music.  My husband Chad and I moved to Oconee County in 2011.  We live on a farm & enjoy raising goats, chickens, ducks & being outside!

Chris Burr

Chris Burr

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 16th year to work with young children.
I live in Oconee County with my husband. We have four adult children who are all Oconee County School graduates.

Adrianne Wrinkle

Adrianne Wrinkle

Lead Teacher – 5 Day 3’s

This is my third 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.

Sharon Townsend

Sharon Townsend

Assistant Teacher – 5 Day 3’s

I have worked at Friendship Presbyterian Preschool for the past 7 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.

Wendi Beasley

Wendi Beasley

Lead Teacher – 3/4 Day 3’s

I live in Statham, GA with my husband, Rusty, and our three children, Ava-Cate, Halli-Gray and Lleyton. I’ve lived in Oconee County for 12 years. I taught public school for 12 years at all different levels (elementary-high school). This is my fifth year at Friendship preschool and I love it! My hobbies include tennis, cheering on my children, and being with family and friends!

Courtney Strickland

Courtney Strickland

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. We have one daughter who attends school in Oconee County.
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 second year as a full time preschool teacher and third 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!

Christina Williamson

Lead Teacher – 5 Day 2’s

This is my 4th year teaching at Friendship.  I love what I do!  My husband, Matt, and I have twin boys that attend North Oconee and a little girl that attends Rocky Branch.

Marcia Keffer

Marcia Keffer

Assistant Teacher – 5 Day 2’s

This is my third 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 10 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.

Carole Bolden

Carole Bolden

Lead Teacher – 3 Day 2’s

I have been a teacher at Friendship for the past 11 years. I have my BS and Master’s in Early Childhood Education. I have live in Oconee County with my husband Steve. My husband and I have 5 children and are proud Grandparents to Max, Miles, Andi, Lillian, and Lane. I enjoy being a part of a child’s learning experience.

Ivy Mason

Ivy Mason

Assistant Teacher – 3 Day & 2 Day 2’s

This is my third year teaching and my second year at Friendship Presbyterian Preschool. I moved to Athens 13 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 MurrayMary 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.

Sharlee Ritz

Assistant Teacher – First Friends

This is my second year working in the First Friends classroom.  Prior to teaching at Friendship, I worked in a University Daycare, served in my church’s nursery and children’s programs and had an In-home daycare for more than 15 years.  I love working with young children and watching their excitement as they explore the world around them.  My husband and I have four children and have lived in Oconee County for the past 12 years.