Loving Hands Preschool Staff

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Meet our Staff


Shannon Miller, Preschool Director

Hi...Welcome to Loving Hands Preschool!  My name is Shannon Miller, and I began my career as the Preschool Director at Loving Hands Preschool in 2010.  I earned my BA in Child/Family Development from the University of Akron.  Before coming here, I was employed at the Canton Jewish Community Center as a three year old preschool teacher  for seven years and at the Shaw JCC as a Pre-K teacher and School Age Child Care Supervisor for four years.  I reside in Hartville with my husband Chris, our son, Logan and our bulldog Chasie.

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-3:00


Lindsay Moore, Lead Teacher, Purple Room

Hello!  My name is Lindsay Moore and I'm the lead teacher in the Purple Room.  I live in Minerva with my husband, my daughter Rylee, and my three dogs.  I received my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Mount Union in 2012.  I enjoy outdoor activities, sports, and spending time with my family.  I'm so excited to be part of the teaching staff at Loving Hands Preschool and even more excited to work with your child!  Welcome to the Purple Room!


Jessica Fulmer, Lead Teacher, Blue Room

Hello!  My name is Jessica Fulmer.  I began teaching here at Loving Hands in 2016.  I earned my Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education this year after completing my student teaching at Loving Hands in the Blue Room.  I have been working in this field for eight years.  I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with young children and am excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Loving Hands family.  I am recently engaged to my fiance John and our big day is in September 2017.  We enjoy spending time outdoors and with our families.


Carly Whitsett, Lead Teacher, Yellow Room, Orange Room; MWpm

Hello! My name is Carly Whitsett, and I am the lead teacher in the Yellow Room this year, teaching the Tuesday/Thursday/Friday four year old classes. I will also be the lead teacher for the Orange Room Monday/Wednesday PM class. I have been teaching at Loving Hands since 2015 and it has been such a wonderful experience! I am a Stark State graduate with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I currently live in East Canton, where my hobbies include spending time with my husband and my family, cooking, crafting, hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.  I'm truly excited about joining the Loving Hands family and can't wait to jump into the school year!

Marie Eubank, Lead Teacher, Green Room

Hello!  My name is Marie Eubank and I will be the lead teacher in the Green Room this year!  I began teaching here at Loving Hands in 2016.  I hope to become close with each and every child in my classroom and know all there is to know about them by the time the school year comes to an end.  I am also a volleyball coach for Green Middle School and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  I grew up in Green, graduated from Stark State College with my degree in Education and I live in Canton now.  Some fun facts about me are that I love dogs, I like to listen to country music and I have 12 siblings!  I hope this school year is a blast because that's what I'm expecting it to be!!


Angela Ritchie, Lead Teacher, Orange Room

Hi!  My name is Angela Ritchie and I will be the three year old teacher in the Orange Room.  I earned my Early Childhood degree from the University of Akron.  I have enjoyed working with children for the past 20 years and have been at Loving Hands Preschool since 2012.  My husband Bob and I have three children, Jordyn, Robby and Jack.  We have an energetic Box/Lab mix named Reagan, whom we adore!


Brittney Hurley, Administrative Coordinator

Hi!  My name is Brittney Hurley and I am the Administrative Coordinator at Loving Hands.  I work in the main church office and provide administrative support to the preschool, keep the website updated and process tuition payments.  I was hired in at Loving Hands Preschool in 2016, and have had my children attending since 2011. My husband Ryan and I have three children; Rylan, Quinn and Phiona. We also have a Golden Retriever, Mack. I am looking forward to a great year!

Office Hours: Tuesday: 10:00 - 2:00, Wednesday: 11:00 - 2:00, Thursday: 10:00 - 2:00


Stacey Petros, Assistant Teacher, Purple Room

Hello!  My name is Stacey Petros and I will be the Assistant Teacher in the Purple Room this year.  I live in Uniontown with my husband of over 10 years, Greg, our son Grady and our daughter Elizabeth.  Both of our children attended Loving Hands Preschool.  I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Kent State University and I have worked at Loving Hands since 2015!  I am very excited to meet all the children and their families this school year!


Joyce Sveda, Assistant Teacher, Blue Room

Hi!  My name is Joyce Sveda and I am the assistant teacher in the Blue Room.  I have been with Loving Hands Preschool since 2006 and I really enjoy working here.  I have been married over 20 years and have two adult daughters, both of whom attended Loving Hands.  We also have a black dog named Bleu.  When I am away from school I like to golf, scrapbook and read.  I am looking forward to another fun year with your children!



Kate Gifford, Assistant Teacher, Yellow Room

Hello!  My name is Kate Gifford and I will be the Assistant Teacher in the Yellow Room this year!  I live in Green with my husband, Jim; our children, Emilia and James; and our very energetic dog, Lucy.  Before joining the Loving Hands family in 2015, I was fortunate enough to stay home with my children, both of whom attended (and adored) Loving Hands.  I am so excited to be a part of this amazing school and look forward to the wonderful year ahead!



Carolyn Chaffinch, Assistant Teacher, Green Room

Hello!  My name is Carolyn Chaffinch and I will be the Assistant Teacher in the Green Room.  I began teaching here at Loving Hands in 2016!  I graduated from Pfeiffer University where I met my husband Craig.  We live in Green with our three daughters Cassidy, Christi, Callie and our dog Rocky.  Our youngest attended Loving Hands when we moved here from Maryland and has happy memories of her days here.  We enjoy spending time as a family watching football and soccer games.  I am very excited for the school year to start and meet the students and their families!



Robin DePew, Assistant Teacher, Orange Room

Hi!  My name is Miss Robin and I am the Assistant Teacher in the Orange Room.  I have been with Loving Hands Preschool since 2009.  Before that, I was a Gym Instructor at the Green YMCA working with children 3-5 years of age.  After graduating from the University of Akron, I married my husband Jim.  We have two daughters, Lauren and Sophia, who both attended Loving Hands Preschool.  We also have a 7 pound Toy Manchester Terrier named Jazz, who I often refer to as our third child!  I really enjoy the beach and spending time with my family.

Mary Ellen Leasure, Lead Teacher, Enrichment and Assistant Teacher, Orange Room; MW PM

 Hello! My name is Mary Ellen Leasure and I'm the enrichment teacher here at Loving Hands Preschool. I will also be the Assistant Teacher in the Orange Room MW PM Class. I am a graduate of Kent State University. Prior to working at Loving Hands, I was a science educator at the Great Lakes Science Center and an educational interpreter for the Lake County Metroparks. I currently live in Green with my husband James, son Sebastian, daughter Isabelle and our dog Marley. Our daughter attended Loving Hands and has wonderful memories of her time spent here! I am very excited to have joined the Loving Hands team in 2017 and am looking forward to a great school year!