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Stacy Roach

Director

Stacy was born in Kentucky and has lived in Texas most of her life. She graduated from Texas State University in 2003 with a BS degree in Biology and Chemistry Minor. Stacy has been married since 2003 and has 2 beautiful children. Since Stacy was 11 years old, she has loved watching and teaching kids. Sprouts has given Stacy the opportunity of a lifetime she has been able to be a stay at home mom with the benefits of getting to work outside her home. It’s a WIN-WIN! Stacy has worked at Sprouts since it opened in 2008. She started with teaching 3-year-olds and fell in love with preschoolers. In 2010 she took over the role of being a 3’s teacher as well as the Co-Director. Then in 2013, she took the position of being the Director of Sprouts Preschool. Stacy believes that her job is super important. Preschoolers are ready to learn and take in all of God’s creation, and she believes that she can help Sprouts make a difference in the lives of the preschoolers in her community. Her day is made when she sees a child light up because they have learned something new or have achieved something and built their confidence. We are always blessed by each student at Sprouts and excited would be an understatement of what we are for this next school year.

Laura Okruch

Director

My name is Laura Okruch and I am the assistant director of Sprouts. I grew up in Oklahoma City, OK and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1989 with a Bachelors degree in Communication.

After college, I worked in the corporate world for 10 years. I wanted to stay home with my children so I began working at a Mother’s Day Out program in Irving, Texas and soon learned this was my passion. I have taught 3-year-olds for the last 15 years and have been extremely blessed by it.

My husband Doug and I and have three children, Allison, Grace, and Emma. We reside in Bedford, Texas. Allison is 21 years old and is a senior at ACU. Grace and Emma are 16-year-old twins and attend LD Bell High School.

I am looking forward to working with each of your children this year. My heart is to see each of these precious children learn; grow in knowledge, and to understand how much Jesus truly loves them. I have the best job ever to be able to be a part of your child’s life.

Kellie Charbonneau

Preschool Pastor

Sheryl King

Teacher

My name is Sheryl King and I teach the Friendly Frogs preschool class. I was born and raised in Hurst, and have been a member of First Baptist since 1982. I am a graduate of Richland High School; I have a BA in English and a Masters of Education from UTA.

I taught 8th grade English for 9 years in Everman, Texas. After my son was born, I was a stay at home mom. When we began Sprouts I signed up, and have been here since the beginning!

I live in North Richland Hills with my husband James, my son Andrew and a hyper Rat Terrier named Buddy.

I am so excited about the new year at Sprouts and in teaching your kiddo. I think it's going to be a great year of fun and learning new things.

Christina Smith

Teacher

Hi, my name is Christina Smith and I am one of the 3’s teachers at both campuses. I have been blessed to be a part of the Sprouts team since 2012. My husband and I have lived in this are most of our lives. I was an orthodontic assistant for over 6 years, than after our second child was born I became a stay at home mom. My younger 2 went through the Sprouts program, which is how I fell in love with the school. I love teaching little kids; their imaginations and joy for life is infectious!

Lawren Fisher

Teacher

"Hi! My name is Lawren Fisher and I am one of the 4's teachers. I am beginning my 4th year with Sprouts and I am thrilled to be working with you and your children. My husband and I live in Hurst and have two boys. Ethan will be turning 8 soon and Evan is 5. They both went through the Sprouts program and we love it so much!

I have been surrounded by kids my whole life so I have years of experience working with littles. I have loved being a stay at home mom but I am excited to begin another journey with Sprouts and watching your kid's passion for Christ grow. I look forward to working with you and your children this year!"

Blake Fults

Teacher

My name is Blake Fults. I’m one of the two’s teachers at Sprouts. I have lived in the Ft. Worth area my whole life. I’m a proud boy mom of two boys, who are my whole world, Raiden, and Harlan. First Hurst has been my church home for 9 years now and I love being apart of this Church Family. Since 2015, I have been a member of the MOPS Steering Team at First Hurst, and I love it!

I have been teaching at Sprouts since 2015 and am beyond excited for another great year! There is nothing better than getting to love on and teach little ones about God.

Sami Carter

Teacher

Meredith Potter

My name is Meredith Potter and this is my second year teaching in the 3s. After graduating from Haltom HS, I spent a year at Oklahoma Baptist University (where I worked at FBC Shawnee day school) before coming back home and attending Texas Woman's University. I'm so glad I came home because I met my husband in August 2004. We were married at the very end of 2005, and I graduated from TWU in 2006 with a degree in Mathematics along with my teaching certificate. From there, I was so blessed to teach at Euless JH for the next few years until our first child was born in 2010. Fast forward to 2013, and I encountered the awesomeness that is Sprouts Preschool. Our oldest joined a 3s class, and we have had one or more children at Sprouts since then. Sprouts has been such a blessing to our family and to me as a mother; I hope I can provide the same type of love and support for your family and children. My family consists of my husband Caleb and three children: Anna, Andrew, and Alice. We are members of Shady Oaks Baptist in Hurst.

Kasey Nichols

Teacher

Hallie Ware

Teacher

Hi, my name is Hallie Ware and this will be my first year teaching at Sprouts and I am so excited! I am currently en route to get my bachelor's degree in early childhood education through Liberty University's online program. I have been blessed to call Hurst my home my whole life and I can't wait to pour into the future generations of the city I love so much! My heart has always been for children and I couldn't be more thankful and excited to get to spend this year teaching and building up these kids!

Kristie Goodman

Music

Kristie has been sharing her love of music with preschoolers for 16 years, and this will be her seventh year to serve as the music teacher for Sprouts Preschool. She also teaches private voice and piano lessons at Lifesong Studio and serves as Music Director for LifeStage Productions. Kristie holds a Bachelor of Music degree from West Texas A&M University in Vocal Performance and obtained a teaching certificate. Kristie grew up in Amarillo and thoroughly enjoyed performing in the musical TEXAS in Palo Duro Canyon during her college years. Kristie’s own three children are all grown now, her youngest started college this year!

Carly Howerton

Teacher

Carly Howerton was born and raised in the HEB area all her life. She graduated from Richland High School in 2008. She went on to attend the University of North Texas to pursue an Education degree in 2012. After college, she got certified in early childhood education k-6th grade, Health, Physical Education, and Dance. She taught first grade in Birdville ISD for 4 years before she decided to stay home with her kids. She currently lives in Hurst with her husband Jared, daughter (Hadley-3), and son (Lane-1).

Kara Smith

Teacher

Hi! My name is Kara Smith. This is my first year at Sprouts. I will be one of the 2’s teachers. I am super excited to be at Sprouts preschool. My husband Tim and I live in North Richland Hills and we have 2 children. Landry was born in 2009 and Hayden in 2013. I love working with children and have worked with them my entire adult life. I have been a stay at home mom and business owner and I’m excited to be working with your children this year!

Marilyn Ewing

Teacher

Hi! My name is Marilyn Ewing. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and preschool teacher. My husband and I have three children and five grandchildren. I taught preschoolers in Sunday School and Mothers’ Day out at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, Texas for ten years. After moving to Hurst, I taught preschool Sunday School at FBC Euless and FBC Hurst. I have worked for two preachers as their administrative assistant over a period of fifteen years. For 18 years I was employed at a senior living community in N. Richland Hills as the Business Director and later as Administrative Director. I retired three years ago and once again found my place in the preschool department of FBC Hurst.

I like to read, garden, attend live theatre, and travel. I receive a great deal of satisfaction and blessings from teaching Babies and Toddlers. My grandchildren are too old now to sit in my lap while I read, sing, and play with them. I look forward to getting to know your child and interact in books, songs, and playtime with them.

Anna Kennedy

Teacher

Hi! My name is Anna Kennedy, and this is my first year teaching in Sprouts. I am excited to get to know you and your little ones. I graduated in 2020 and will be attending online college to get a degree in early childhood education. I have lived in the DFW area my whole life and have worked with preschoolers since 7th grade. I look forward to meeting your children and teaching them this year!

Megan Johnson

Teacher

My name is Megan Johnson, I am new to Sprouts this year and I am so excited to be here! Before coming to Sprouts I was a stay at home mom, and before that I worked as a registered respiratory therapist for 9 years.

I have 3 daughters, ages 12, 4, and 2. My two youngest are also new to sprouts this year. I live in North Richland Hills with my husband, our daughters, and our 3 dogs.

Maribel Galarza

Teacher

Hi! My name is Maribel Galarza and I am one of the 2's teachers. This is my first year working at Sprouts and I'm super excited to be working with you and your children. I am originally from California and moved to Texas and this is going to be my first year here. I love working with children and have since I was younger. I'm excited for the new opportunities that will come this year and watching your lids learn and grow!

Mandi Cabrera

Teacher

My name is Mandi Cabrera, I am one of the two’s teachers at Sprouts. I am married and have four kids who have all attended preschool here- 3 of them are now elementary school age. I have taught at Sprouts since 2014 but took last year off to move from NRH to Midlothian. I am so excited to be back this year with my 2 year old! I went to UTA and got my Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and education. After college I was the GM of a Holiday Inn Express and Suites until my 2nd baby was born and decided to be a stay at home mom and have since worked in the preschool world.

Staci Leonard

Teacher

Hi! I am Staci Leonard and I am one of the 3’s teachers in the Amazing Owls class this year. It is my first year at Sprouts, and I am so excited to meet everyone! I live in Keller with my husband of 14 years and my 3 kids, Barrett (8), Brody (6) and Sadie (3). I have been a stay at home mom for the last 8 years. Prior to that I received my teaching certificate as a Generalist in grades 4-8 and spent a lot of time in the classroom at the elementary and middle school levels.

My husband and I are both Texas A&M graduates and we love all things Aggies in our house! My boys are very active in sports and most weekends you can find us at the baseball or football fields cheering them on.

I am so excited to meet my Awesome Owls class this year. We are going to have a wonderful year and I cannot wait to spend the year with your kiddos teaching them all about the love of Jesus!

Caroline Love

Teacher

My name is Caroline Love. I was born in Salado, Texas. My parents moved to California when I was four years old. I grew up there and also raised my children there. I moved to Hudson, Wisconsin in June of 2018. I recently moved here to Hurst. I live with my son and his family. I am the mother of five and Nana to eight, ranging from two to twenty four years old.

I have spent much of my adult life working with severely emotionally disturbed children in group homes and foster care. I just started working in a preschool setting three years ago. I love watching the little ones grow and become independent. I especially enjoy listening to them as they talk to their friends and am always amazed at how smart they are at such a young age.

I'm looking forward to working with your precious little ones and getting to know each of you.

Nikki Bryant

Teacher