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First Kids Preschool

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Preschool Registration

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Before registering, please contact

Megan Korzeniewski
Director, First Kids Preschool 
mkorzeniewski@fumcbirmingham.org
248-646-1200 ext. 3154

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About First Kids Preschool

First Kids Preschool strives to nurture each child’s individuality and innate curiosities in a loving, Christian environment. Our goal is to instill a desire for lifelong learning as we prepare preschoolers for kindergarten and the world beyond.

Our Philosophy

We believe that each child is unique, and we do our best to nurture the intrinsic God-given gifts that each one brings and shares with us. We also believe that what truly makes a difference in a child’s life, beneath the method, materials, and curriculum, is a teacher who cares about each child and who teaches from the heart.

Toddlers and preschool children all learn best by “doing.” They are active learners who gain knowledge by acting directly on and with concrete objects. Through these actions, they can draw conclusions about their world. Within our daily classroom routine, we have many hands-on activities and projects designed to be stimulating and fun for your child. It is exciting to watch our toddlers and preschoolers as they tirelessly experiment and investigate the world.

TWENTY-ONE MONTHS – TWO-YEAR-OLD CLASS

21 Months – 2-Year-Old

Classes meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

Our fluid routine allows children many opportunities to:

  • Explore a variety of art media
  • Enjoy sensory experiences
  • Participate in music and movement activities
  • Read new stories as well as their old favorites
  • Run, climb, and play in the gym or on the playground
  • Learn about God’s great love for each one of us

THREE, FOUR AND FIVE YEAR OLD CLASSES

Classes meet on Monday—Friday

All 3, 4 and 5 year old children enjoy daily experiences in:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Fine and Large Motor Work
  • Math
  • Literacy
  • Science
  • Handwriting Without Tears

 

Afternoon Enrichment opportunities are offered and include activities such as Yoga, Sports Skills, Cooking, Art, Spanish, Science and Stretch & Grow.

Looking for extended days for your child?

First Kids Preschool offers amazing afternoon enrichment classes that run from 12:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. every day of the week. 

Music For All

Your child’s regular classes include music once or twice a week with, Ms. Marie, a former Gymboree teacher.

Marie Bonello
First Kids Preschool Music Teacher

Here is what our Preschool Families are saying about us...

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TWENTY-ONE MONTHS  THRU TWO-YEAR-OLD CLASS

Ages 21 months to 2 years old

Primary Caregivers provide a safe haven as your child learns how to separate from mom and dad as well as how to function in a group, two very important developmental tasks. We provide many opportunities for our toddlers to explore their world within a safe and loving environment.

THREE-YEAR-OLD CLASS

Children may attend 2, 3, or 4 days per week.

We embrace purposeful play and exploration to help children develop skills in cooperative play, listening, following directions, self-help, and communicating their needs with their developing language. Our daily lessons include early literacy and math activities

We provide many opportunities for our toddlers to explore their world within a safe and loving environment.

FOUR-YEAR-OLD CLASS

Children may attend 3, 4 or 5 days per week.

We prepare children for the transition to Kindergarten through purposeful play and exploration, continuing our focus on early literacy, math, fine motor skills and handwriting, communication, and the self-help skills necessary for kindergarten.

YOUNG FIVES CLASS

Our Young 5’s program is a full week, half day program designed for students who meet the age requirement for kindergarten but would benefit from an extra year of learning and growth. It is also open to students who will be turning five between September 1st and December 31st. This program works to provide a small classroom community where students work towards social, emotional and academic readiness for kindergarten. Our Young 5’s curriculum is very similar to our 4’s curriculum but works at a more accelerated rate. It includes content such as language, early literacy, math, handwriting, music, physical education, science, social studies, social/ emotional development and lots of play. 

Contact us! We would love to answer your questions.

Megan Korzeniewski
Director, First Kids Preschool 
mkorzeniewski@fumcbirmingham.org
248-646-1200 ext. 3154

Megan Korzeniewski
Director, First Kids Preschool 

Victoria Hogg
Assistant Director, First Kids Preschool

Kathryn Barbour
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Crissy Blinstrub
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Marie Bonello
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Nicole Corum
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Gloria Fulton
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Megan Konja
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Wendy Kreitz
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Laura Lanway
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Tracy Long
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Diana McDonald
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Nesa Muthleb
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Marilyn Rankin
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Jill Russell
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Tina Sadro
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Mary Sullivan
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Lori Thompson
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Janell Vier
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Julie White
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Jessica Wilson
First Kids Preschool Teacher

Marie Bonello

My name is Marie Bonello, and I am very happy to be teaching  music at First Kids Preschool!  I have a bachelor’s degree in history and music history from the University of Michigan – Dearborn, and a master’s degree in music education from the University of Michigan. I taught K-6 vocal music in Troy and Utica Schools for ten years and then stayed home when my daughters were born.  I was a Gymboree gym and music  teacher for ten years and was a Girl Scout leader as well.  My husband, Ken, and I, have been  married for 27 years.  We have one daughter in college and one daughter who is a recent college graduate.  I enjoy being active in a professional music organization, serving as secretary of our homeowner’s association and spending time at our cottage in Lexington. The children at First Kids Preschool make my days JOYFUL!

Megan Korzeniewski

Hello!  My name is Megan Korzeniewski, referred to by the children as Mrs. K :)  I am excited to begin my second year as the director of First Kids Preschool.  Previously, I spent seven years teaching in the Green/Orange Room with the Fabulous 4s.  I have a bachelor’s degree in family studies and human growth and development.  I remained at home while my three sons, Jozef, Nikalai, and Seth were young. I returned to teaching in the public schools, as a substitute teacher, prior to landing at my favorite spot – right here at First Kids Preschool.  Jozef will be   starting his junior year studying broadcasting at CMU.  Nikalai will be starting at U of M and Seth will be in his junior year at Brother Rice.  I enjoy working out, going for nature walks, biking with my husband, sailing, embracing the beauty of our Great Lakes and listening to music.  I believe giving children a strong start in life is vital.  It is the reason the work we do here is so important.  I am delighted to be a small part of your family’s journey and thank you for entrusting our amazing and talented staff with the care of your children.

 

Director, First Kids Preschool Director
mkorzeniewski@fumcbirmingham.org
248-646-1200 ext. 3154

Victoria Hogg

Hello!  My name is Victoria Hogg.  I am honored to be starting my 9th year at First Kids Preschool and my 6th year as the assistant director! I have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and teaching – both from Michigan State University.  Before having my own children, I taught kindergarten at Cranbrook.  After staying home with my daughters for several years, I returned to teaching – in a three-year-old classroom here at First Kids Preschool.  My husband, Ben, and I, live in Rochester Hills with our two daughters and a sweet English Cream Golden Retriever, Sadie.  Our older daughter, Liliana, will be in tenth grade this year and our younger daughter, Annelise, will be in seventh grade.  Both girls attended First Kids Preschool and remember those years fondly!  I am looking forward to a wonderful year with all the staff and families!

Assistant First Kids Preschool Director
vhogg@fumcbirmingham.org
248-646-1200 ext. 3153

Kathryn Barbour

Hello!  My name is Kathryn Barbour, and I am so excited to be your child’s classroom teacher!  I hold a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies with a specialization in early childhood from Michigan State University.  I enjoyed teaching preschool for eight years in my home state of Illinois, where I taught most recently at a  private preschool in Chicago’s Gold Coast.  This will be my third year teaching at First Kids and I feel so blessed to be a part of this community.  When I am not in the classroom, I love taking walks with my family, playing outside with my dog Yosemite, enjoying live music and traveling! My husband, Ken, and I, live in Bloomfield Hills with our two-year-old son, Callan, who will be joining First Kids this fall!

Crissy Blinstrub

My name is Crissy Blinstrub and I am so excited to be back in the classroom at First Kids after a two year hiatus.  I am also a former First Kids parent with both of my boys starting in the toddler room and continuing on through young fives.  First Kids is such a special place that feels like home to me, and I hope to make it feel like home to you and your child as well.  When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, crafting and playing tennis.  I also enjoy a busy family life with my husband, two boys who are 9 and 6, and my golden retriever.  Prior to raising my family, I spent 6 years in the elementary setting teaching kindergarten, first and second grade.  I have a passion for emergent literacy and even continued my education to receive a master’s in reading instruction.  I am really looking forward to working with you and your child this school year.  It will be an amazing year of learning and growing!

Nicole Corum

My name is Nicole Corum, also known as “Mrs. Corn”, and I am excited to help with the threes this year!  I have taught three and four-year-old Sunday School at FUMC for over 10 years, and I love the innocence, energy, and inquisitiveness of this age group.  I have a BSA in finance from the University of Kentucky, a master’s in finance from Bellarmine University, and a French certificate from the Sorbonne in Paris.  I have two teenage boys who attended First Kids Preschool. This year, one will be a senior at Seaholm, and one will be a sophomore at Michigan.  I have enjoyed coaching them in Science Olympiad, leading Cub Scouts, and working closely with their sports teams and schools.  I love volunteering, hiking with my family, traveling, golfing, and playing tennis. 

Megan Konja

Hello! My name is Megan Konja.  This school year will be my fourth year here at First Kids Preschool!  I have a degree in early childhood  education but now am looking into special education.  My favorite thing about working with children is observing them have fun while learning through play.  I have experience with all age groups, but toddlers have a special place in my heart! In my spare time, l am planning my April 2024 wedding.  I also enjoy spending time with my niece.

Wendy Kreitz

My name is Ms. Wendy.  I am a longtime church member and mother of 3 grown children.  One of my daughters is getting married in September and my son is getting married next June.  I have been working in childcare and in the preschool at Birmingham First for over 25 years.  I love our First Kids Preschool community—most especially our youngest classes.  I call teaching my “Toddler Therapy!”  I look forward to meeting you and your child.  Thank you for entrusting your child to us.  It is going to be a great year helping your child discover, learn and grow. 

Laura Lanway

Hi!  My name is Laura Lanway.  This is my fifth year at First Kids Preschool, and I am so happy to continue teaching the Pink Room 4s!  Prior to joining First Kids, I worked in the Birmingham Public School District as an elementary paraprofessional.  I have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Central    Michigan University. My husband and I live in       Birmingham where we raised our 2 children (both now in college).  I look forward to getting to know you and providing a caring, nurturing environment for your children to thrive in.  I am excited to support your children as they learn and grow!

Tracy Long

My name is Tracy Long, and I am thrilled to be teaching at First Kids Preschool.  This will be my eighth year teaching at First Kids Preschool. I have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a specialization in early childhood education from Hillsdale College. I have a master’s degree in reading and language arts from Oakland University.  I have taught kindergarten and second grade in the Pontiac School District and preschool at the Early Childhood Center in Birmingham. I am a member of Birmingham First United Methodist Church and both of my children attended First Kids Preschool. 

 

Diana McDonald

My name is Diana McDonald.  I live in Chesterfield Township.  I have two boys and five wonderful grandchildren. In 2019, I retired from my position as a SACC Director for L’Anse Creuse Public Schools. I started working at First Kids Preschool in January 2021.  I will be working in the Red/Yellow Room as well as the Pink Room.  I am looking forward to getting to know the children and their parents and having a wonderful year.

Nesa Muthleb

I am Nesa Muthleb and it is a pleasure being a part of First Kids Preschool.  I came to First Kids following my retirement as a preschool teacher in Birmingham Public Schools in 2016.  Prior to my time with BPS, I taught at Echo Park Preschool, Cranbrook’s Brookside and in Detroit Public Schools.  In these  various teaching environments, I sought to provide a warm and nurturing classroom.

I live in Bloomfield Hills with my husband.  We are the proud parents of a daughter and a son.  We are also blessed with a twelve-year-old grandson, a one-year-old grandson and a six-year-old granddaughter.

Marilyn Rankin

Welcome!  My name is Marilyn Rankin.  This is my ninth year at First Kids Preschool.  In my first eight years, I taught in the four-year-old classroom.  This year, I will be at First Kids two days a week as a floater.  I am dedicated to and very experienced in early childhood education.  I received my degree in elementary education with an early childhood ZA endorsement from      Michigan State University.  My post graduate education is in family studies, also from MSU.  Over a span of 25 years, I was a Head Start teacher with the Detroit Public Schools.  When I retired from Detroit, I was blessed to be so welcomed at First Kids!  My husband, Tom, and I, have been married for 46 years. We live in Bloomfield Village where we raised our three children.  Julie, Kathryn, and Scott are all married now and have children of their own.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, walking, practicing Pilates, teaching your children, and most of all, playing with our seven young grandchildren – Katelyn,  Whitney, Connor, Cameron, Claire, Evan and Karlie!

 

Jill Russell

My name is Jill Russell and I am so excited to be returning to the Blue/Purple Room.  This really is my sweet spot for teaching and I feel so lucky to be here.  This is my fifth year teaching at First Kids Preschool and I find it to be such a lovely place.  I grew up in the  area, moved all over the country with my husband in the Navy, and then we chose to settle back here to raise our family.  I have two daughters attending the University of Michigan and two sons in high school.  In my free time, I love to be outside exercising, watching my kids play sports or simply sitting on my front porch.  After years of being a first grade teacher and then staying at home to raise my four children, it is so fun to be back in the classroom and teaching again. I am a firm believer in giving children the time to grow and develop at their own pace. This year will be so magical and will allow the students to enter kindergarten feeling confident, successful, prepared to learn and ready to be a KINDERGARTEN ROCK STAR!

Tina Sadro

Hello!  Welcome to First Kids Preschool. My name is Tina Sadro.  I am called Mrs. S. by the children.  I will be one of your child’s teachers for the 2023-2024 school year.  I have been working with and teaching children for 20 years and have earned my CDA credential in early childhood development.  This is my fourth year at First Kids Preschool.  My husband and I live in Sterling Heights and have been married for 31 years.  We have two adult sons and two dogs.  I am looking forward to meeting your family and am excited to take your child on an amazing journey of growth and development!

 

Mary Sullivan

Hello.  My name is Mary Sullivan.  My undergrad studies were at MSU and my master’s is from George Washington University.  I have worked with young children and families for over 20 years, including teaching, directing and consulting.  In 2016, I began subbing for First Kids and have primarily worked with Toddlers and Young 3s. In addition, I have lead a cooking class for 3, 4 and 5-year-old children as a part of the First Kids Afternoon Enrichment Program.

My one and only is a sophomore at U of M in Ann Arbor.  My husband and I enjoy visiting with him   during football season.  I also enjoy using my free time to garden, listen to music, travel, cook and bake.

I’m always excited to start a new year.  Language can still be very individual, however, as the year progresses, it explodes. Opinions, thoughts and humor grow and grow and grow.

My hope is to offer your child choices and experiences that will nurture his/her interest in learning.

 

Lori Thompson

Hi! My name is Lori Thompson.  This will be my third year as an assistant teacher at First Kids Preschool.  I love watching the children grow and learn new things.  I am excited for the upcoming year and am looking forward to meeting all the new families and children.  My husband, Jim, and I have been married for 29 years and we have two children ages 24 and 20.

Janell Vier

My name is Janell Vier and I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in  education from Central Michigan University.  After graduating, I spent time with high school and middle school students, teaching as well as coaching volleyball and track and field.  For many years I was a stay-at-home mom, often volunteering for a variety of school-related positions.  My husband, Brian, and I, live in Royal Oak. Two of our three children are now grown, and we have one in college.  This will be my eighth year teaching in the four-year-old classroom at First Kids.  Previously, I substituted for two years in the three and four-year-old classrooms.  I love it! Your children are so enjoyable to watch grow and help nurture.  Our teaching teams are made up of knowledgeable and caring women who are genuinely concerned about the needs of all the children in the classrooms.  I am privileged to get to know you and your children and watch the huge leap in learning and maturity that will happen this year.  

 

Julie White

My name is Julie White, and I am super excited to join the First Kids teaching team this year.  I have an associate degree in early childhood education. I currently work as the Coordinator of Children’s Ministry at Birmingham’s sister campus, Berkley First UMC.  My husband, Brian, and I live in Berkley with our five boys.  We live a very active lifestyle and enjoy camping, biking, traveling, volunteering, and making memories as a family.  Our boys are 12, 10, 10, 8, and 8…..yes, two sets of twins!  When I find time for myself, I love reading, arts and crafts, and long naps.  Working with children is all I have ever wanted to do.  Children and their sweet innocence and eagerness to learn are a constant reminder of how amazing and exciting the world can be.  I am blessed to witness this every day.

Jessica Wilson

My name is Jessica Wilson, and I am thrilled to be teaching in the Red/Yellow Room again for my fifth year. Before joining the First Kids Preschool staff, I worked for the Clarkston School District in special education. I also taught at an early childhood center in Clarkston for 10 years. I received a bachelor’s degree in education from Baker College.  I am looking forward to meeting everyone and I am excited for a wonderful year!