We are blessed to have experienced and caring teachers for each of our classes!
Please meet our current staff:
Susan Terry – Lead Teacher
Susan is a true Huntsville native and has worked with children for over twenty years. She has a degree in Human Resource management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and worked for Huntsville City Schools for some time, but was called to children’s ministry, first as a volunteer and then as paid staff. She has successfully managed programs with up to 80 children. Susan’s husband, Rob, is from England but has lived in the U.S. for many years. They like to take trips back to the UK to visit friends and relatives. Susan and Rob have two children. Laura is a Mississippi State graduate and liked the campus so well, she continues to work for them. Mary Kate graduated from UAB and is currently a gynecology/oncology nurse at UAB Hospital. Susan and Rob have one “son,” a mini-Aussie Doodle named Archie.
Sarah Todd– Four’s Teacher
This is Ms. Sarah’s third year teaching at the Playschool and her first year teaching 4 year olds. She received her degree in elementary education from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and spent several years teaching preschool prior to becoming a parent. Her wonderful husband, Mike, is a mechanical engineer working on Redstone Arsenal is also a Lt Col in the Air National Guard with the 117th Air Refueling Wing in Birmingham, AL. Both of Ms. Sarah’s daughters attended HPP and she served on our Playschool Board for two years while her youngest daughter was a student here. When she’s not busy taking care of her sweet girls, Ms. Sarah enjoys reading, snuggling with pet cats, Elvis and Shadow, and doing crafts.
Tiff Koontz – Three’s Teacher
Ms. Tiff recently moved to Alabama from the state of Washington where she owned a state-licensed home childcare and preschool for the last 25 years. She has 100’s of hours of continuing education credits specializing in science and nature. She has also spent many years involved with Girl Scouts as a troop leader and then as a program director for a day camp. Most recently, she actively participates in the children’s ministry at her church. Ms. Tiff has 7 children – four biological children, ages 17-25, two step-children, ages 18 and 24, and one that her and her husband are in the process of adopting from foster care, age 12. In her spare time, she enjoys growing plants, doing crafty things, and especially likes her family’s yearly beach trip during fall break. Ms. Tiff is crazy for open ended art projects, so expect tons of Picasso-like art to come from her classroom! She also loves the color red, anything with polka-dots, is fueled by COFFEE, and she’s extremely excited to be joining the Hope Presbyterian Playschool team!
Kelly Nicholas – Three’s Teacher Kelly has been with HPP for three years as a substitute and then teacher. She has a wealth of knowledge about the Early Intervention Program and Special Education programs with Huntsville City Schools and has helped several parents navigate the process of having their children evaluated. Kelly has two children, a daughter who is in middle school and a son who is an HPP alumni. Her husband Nic is a member of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and has helped out with many HPP events.
Alexis Eberhart – Two’s Teacher Alexis joined HPP in November, 2022. She has several years training working with little ones and has made our two’s program very successful. She has one son, Bailey, who is the light of her life!