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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.

For a fun virtual tour of the Friendship Preschool, click here: Friendship Preschool Virtual Tour


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 or T/TH
  •    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 (M,T,W), a 4 day (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

2021-2022 AND 2022-2023 monthly tuition rates are:

  • 2 day program: $180
  • 3 day program: $215
  • 4 day program: $250
  • 5 day program: $275

Annual Registration Fee:  $150

Forms to Download

Now enrolling for the 2020-2021 School Year.

Download the 2021-22 Preschool Calendar 

NEW-Download the 2022-2023 Registration Form 

NEW-Download the 2022-23 Preschool Calendar

For more information please contact the church office at 706-543-6077 or email us at

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Our Teachers Most Favorites Things can be found here!

Susanne HayesSusanne Hayes

Preschool Director

“I have worked at Friendship Presbyterian Preschool since 2011. I spent 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 RigsbyDonna 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 and 1 grandchild.  I enjoy crafting, reading, and hiking.


Caroline HargroveCaroline Hargrove

Lead Teacher – 5 day Pre-K

This is my third year at Friendship Preschool teaching in the 4 day Pre-K classroom.  I am the proud mother of Emma, Helena, Cora and Houston. 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 BurrChris Burr

Assistant Teacher – 5 Day Pre-K

I have worked in the Pre-K classroom at Friendship Preschool since February 2006. I live in Oconee County with my husband. We have four adult children who are all Oconee County School graduates.



Kristi Rivas

Teacher – 4/5 Day Pre-K

This is my second year as lead teacher at Friendship.  My husband, Sean, and I have 3 children: Mia, Eva, and Andrew.  All of our children attended Friendship!  I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology from UGA and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Georgia State.  I worked at the Marcus Institute for 3 years and at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Monroe-Meyer Institute for 2 years as a behavioral psychologist for pediatric patients.  We have lived in Oconee for 11 years.  Most recently I taught classes for preschool children through CBS.  


Salinda Rogers

Salinda Rogers

Assistant Teacher – 4/5 day Pre-K

This is my 11th 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.


Adrianne WrinkleAdrianne Wrinkle

Lead Teacher – 5 Day 3’s

This is my fifth 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 TownsendSharon Townsend

Assistant Teacher – 5 Day 3’s

I have worked at Friendship Presbyterian Preschool for the past 9 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.


Courtney StricklandCourtney Strickland

Lead Teacher – 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 third 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!


Amanda Painter

Assistant Teacher – 3/4 Day 3’s

This is my second year at Friendship Presbyterian Preschool.  While my husband (Jesse) was born and raised in the area, our family of five is new to Oconee County.  Our daughters, Kate and Anna, started at Friendship in the Fall of 2020 and have loved every minute of it.  Friendship has been such a blessing to our family and I look forward to being a part of the FPP community!


Sharlee Ritz

Lead Teacher – 5 Day 2’s

This is my third year teaching at Friendship.  I have 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.


Marcia Keffer

Assistant Teacher – 5 Day 2’s

This is my fifth 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 11 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 BoldenCarole Bolden

Lead Teacher – 3 Day 2’s

I have been a teacher at Friendship for the past 12 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 9 grandchildren. I enjoy being a part of a child’s learning experience.


Amberly Kenny

Assistant Teacher – 3 and 2 Day 2’s

This is my second year teaching at Friendship.  My husband, Josh, and I have one son, JonHenry, and a yorkie, Chloe.  I am an avid reader, gardener, and lover of white chocolate.  I graduated from Rockdale County High School and went to V.S.U. for Early Childhood Education.


Catherine Thomas

Lead Teacher – 2 Day 2’s

Born and raised in Watkinsville, I stayed close to home and attended UGA.  I graduated with a degree in Special Education with an emphasis on birth-kindergarten, and I am fluent in sign language.  My husband, and I are avid Dawg fans, and we have 2 daughters, who also bleed red and black.  Our family of four loves to laugh together, adventure together, and most importantly show the love of Jesus together.  


Rachael Laver

Lead Teacher – First Friends

This is my 1st year at Friendship Preschool and I could not be more excited!  I have a degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University and taught 6th grade for 5 years.  Afterwards, I was blessed to be able to stay home and raise our 3 children, during which time I provided childcare in our home and served as a mom’s morning out coordinator for 2 years.  I have also served in the children’s program at our church for many years.  I have always loved working with children and have a passion for teaching!  I am thrilled to be returning to the classroom and to join the Friendship team!


Anne Thomas

Assistant Teacher – First Friends

I am so excited to be a part of the Friendship family!  I love working with young children, their hearts and minds are so open and each day is a new adventure.  This is my 10th year teaching preschool, and I’ve worked in special education in grades preK-5.  My love of animals and sharing nature with children led me to teach at a nature center too.   I’m a Dawg with a degree in Child Development and Early Childhood Education, but most of all I’m mom to my son and two daughters, who continue to teach me everyday.