Loving Hands Preschool Staff
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 from the University of Akron. Before, coming here, I was employed at the Canton Community Jewish Center as a three year old preschool teacher for seven years and at the Shaw JCCas 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
Alicia Sobieski, Lead Teacher, Purple Room
Hello! My name is Alicia Sobieski and I will be the Lead Teacher in the Purple Room. I started teaching at Loving Hands in 2018 and I could not be more excited to be a part of this amazing team. Originally from California, my husband and I moved to Ohio in 2015 and we have loved every minute of it. Currently, we live in Uniontown with our two children, Gavin and Kennedy. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Cal State San Bernardino, as well as my Associate’s Degree in Liberal Studies. I am so excited for this school year and cannot wait to meet all of my students and their families!
You can contact Miss Alicia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Gifford, Lead Teacher, Yellow Room
Hello! My name is Kate Gifford and I will be the Lead 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!
Libby Marks, Lead Teacher, Green Room
Hello! My name is Libby Marks and I am so excited to be the lead teacher in the Green Room, and the Enrichment teacher on Tuesdays and Thursdays this year! I live in Green with my husband, Josh, and 4 kids - Cade, Ellie, Jane, and Charley. I grew up in Akron, and graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelors degree in elementary education. I taught six years total before deciding to stay home to raise my own school of kids! Our family loves sports, especially football and baseball, and taking trips to the beach! I fell in love with Loving Hands Preschool while my own children attended here over the last several years, and am thrilled to be a part of the staff and have the opportunity to work, learn and play with your young ones each day since 2018.
You can contact Miss Libby at Libbyway4@hotmail.com
Jessica Gasparik, Lead Teacher, Blue Room
Hello! My name is Jessica Gasparik. I completed my student teaching at Loving Hands Preschool and earned my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education after completing my student teaching at in the Blue Room. I was hired as a Lead Teacher in 2016. I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with young children and I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Loving Hands Preschool Family. I live in Minerva with my husband, John and our son LJ. We enjoy spending time outdoors and with our families.
You can contact Miss Jessica at email@example.com
Carolyn Chaffinch, Assistant Teacher, Blue Room
Hello! My name is Carolyn Chaffinch and I will be the Assistant Teacher in the Blue Room on Monday/Tuesday. 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!
Brittney Hurley, Administrative Coordinator
Hi! My name is Brittney Hurley and I am the Administrative Coordinator here at Loving Hands Preschool. 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 in 2016, and had my children attend from 2011-2017. My husband Ryan and I have three children; Rylan, Quinn and Phiona along with our Golden Retriever, Mac. I am looking forward to a great year!
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11:00-3:00
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, 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!
Tina Billick, Assistant Teacher, Yellow Room
Hi, my name is Tina Billick and I will be the assistant teacher in the Yellow Room! I am looking forward to meeting all of you and being a part of your learning experience. My husband and I have 3 children, Brandon, Brooklyn and Briley. My youngest is currently enrolled at Loving Hands and will part of my PM classroom. I graduated from Stark State in 2003 and have had the flexibility of staying home with the kids along with being employed as a Occupation Therapy Assistant. This is my first year in a teaching role, but I am confident my background in therapy has provided the skills I need to make this year a success. I cannot wait to get started!
Jess Leech, Assistant Teacher, Green Room
Hi! My name is Jess Leech and I will be the assistant teacher in the Green Room this year! I live in North Canton with my hubby, Ryan,and our three kids- Caroline, Blane and Avery. They all attended preschool at Loving Hands. This will be my first year assisting at Loving Hands and I am so excited to meet all the kiddos and their families!
Mary Ellen Leasure, Assistant Teacher, Blue Room
Hello! My name is Mary Ellen Leasure and I'm the Blue Room Assistant here at Loving Hands Preschool on Wednesday/Thursday. 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!
Terri Nettleton, Co-Teacher, Orange Room
Hello! My name is Terri Nettleton. I will be a lead teacher in Orange Room on Monday & Wednesday, as well as an assistant teacher on Tuesday and Thursdays. I come to Loving Hands in 2019 after spending over 20 years in the public education system working with kindergarten age multi handicapped students as well as the typical Ed population. My family and I value education and spend a great deal of time discussing its importance when we were all together. My husband is a middle school principal and two of my three sons are high school teachers here in Ohio. I’m eager to begin working with your children and I look forward to forming a team with you and our staff this year! You can contact MissTerri at Tnettleton316@gmail.com
Shannon Belaney, Co-Teacher-Orange Room
Hello! My name is Shannon Belaney and I will be the Orange Room 3s Teacher. I returned to teaching in 2019 after about a ten year break! I earned my Bachelors degree in Education from Mount St. Mary's University in 2003. I currently live in Uniontown with my husband Corey and our four children, Morgan, Mason, Mackenzie and Reese. We also have 3, four-legged family members, three puppies named Chubbs, Baker Bernie and a cat named Queenie. My three oldest children attended Loving Hands and my youngest just finished her last year at Loving Hands. I am excited to be a part of Loving Hands in a new capacity and looking forward to the new school year!
You can reach Miss Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org