Meet our Staff:
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My name is Mara Neal. I love working at Agape'. Previously, I was a lead toddler teacher here and I still maintain my CDA. I enjoy getting to know all of the children here as well as our Agape' families. I am married and have two beautiful girls. Being a parent, I understand wanting the absolute best care for your child. I strongly believe Agape' does this as well as provide them with a strong foundation of loving Jesus.
Steve White joined the Agape’ Learning Center staff on September 17, 2019 as Chaplain. Steve just retired as an educator of 41 years, serving at the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children’s Home (24 yrs.), Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility (9 yrs), and Anderson Preparatory Academy (8 yrs.). He is a founding member of Memorial Baptist Church where he serves as an Elder, Adult Bible Teacher, and on the missions committee. Steve has been married to his wife, Amy for 43 years and they have two children and five grandchildren. Steve has hobbies of bike riding and working outside. He loves being in a position to share the love of Jesus Christ with the Agape family.
Hello! My name is Kelsay Smith. I started working at Agape in 2013. My husband Jordan and I live in New Castle. We are foster parents and are currently caring for 2 of the sweetest little girls. We love traveling, being outdoors, spending time with family and hanging out with the youth at our church. I went to Agape as a child and I see the impact it had on me. I'm so thankful I get the opportunity to work here and invest in your children like my teachers did for me.
Lead Teacher (Pond Room)
Hello, my name is Ms. Kara. I joined Agape’s staff in August of 2019. Since then, I have earned my CDA certification in Early Childhood Education and have been given the opportunity to lead teach in the purple room since June 2021. I am not only a teacher her at Agape, I am also a mother. I have been blessed with 6 children and 1 wonderful daughter-in-law! My youngest is an energetic 6-year-old who attends kindergarten here at Agape! God has blessed me abundantly!! It is my desire to instill in your kids the unconditional love God has for all of us as they grow and learn.
Lead Teacher (Room 14)
My name is Lesa Stewart. I am happily married to Dewayne Stewart for 34 years. We have been blessed with 4 children. I began my early childhood career almost 27 years ago here at Agape’ Learning Center. I later moved on to teach preschool and have a licensed day care in my home. I am happy to be back here at Agape’ where I am blessed to care for your children.
Lead Teacher (Green Room)
Hello! My name is Tabitha Sparks. I'm the lead teacher in the Green Room. I started working at Agape' in August of 2022. I am married to my husband Charles and we have been blessed with 2 wonderful little boys. I am currently taking classes to get my Early Childhood Education certification. I enjoy staying home and spending time with my family. I am so blessed to be able to teach your kiddos and watch them grow!
Assistant Teacher (Orange Room)
My name is Miss Dani. I am a teacher in the Orange room, though you may see me in other rooms as well! I have worked in child care since 2017, but I've served in children's ministy since I was 12 years old. I love teaching your babies about Jesus! I have Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministry and Leadership and an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies. I am also a Foursquare Pastor! When I'm not here loving on your kiddos, I'm usually at home enjoying time with my husband of almost 7 years and loving on my 3 babies - Erin, Jack, and Shannon! Praying blessings over you and your family!
Lead Teacher (Blue Room)
My Name is Emma. I am a wife, a mother to 1 boy and 2 girls and came to work at Agape in November of 2019. I have been involved in children’s ministry through my church in one way or another for 9 years. It is a amazing blessing to be able to watch a child grow and learn, so I am so happy to be able to be apart of Agape.
My name is Francesca Lao but your kiddos call me Miss Frankie. I'm 20 years old. I graduated from New Castle High School in 2018 and started at Agape' in September of 2019. In the Spring I plan on going to school to get my Degree in Early Childhood Education. In my free time I love to sing, go to church, spend time with family and friends, read the Bible and tell other people about Jesus! I feel very blessed to be teaching and loving your kiddos everyday!
Hello my name is Miss. Evie and I have been working at Agape since March of 2019. I work with many age groups here, and have worked with kids in church since I was thirteen. Next year I plan to work towards earning my Paramedics license. In my free time I love to read, bake, and play with different forms of art!
My name is Ms. Barbara, my husband and I are Foursquare pastors and have 5 children! I have been with Agape since the beginning of 2017. I spent the first year and a half in the nursery and loved it! I am now a Wing Manager for the older kids and have enjoyed getting to know so many new faces! In my new position I get to work with numerous teachers in various capacities and am thrilled to help resource, train and aid new and old staff alike! I am not only a staff member at Agape, but a proud Agape parent as well! I believe that what my child gains from her teachers, programs, and lessons is life giving, hope building, and love enriched with eternal values...I am grateful to all who have poured His love into her and so many others.
I began my journey as the K-4 teacher in 2006. My desire is to plant seeds in the heart of your child that grow into a love for Jesus and a joy of learning. I am married to Jeff and we are blessed with 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law. I enjoy taking walks, studying God’s Word, and spending time with my family.
K4 All Day Teacher
I first came to Agape' when my oldest daughter started day care in 2012 and joined the teaching staff in 2014. I am here because I love spending time with the children, helping motivate and prepare them as they grow, evolve and discover that they are special. Agape' is an extraordinary place with an incredible combination of people all working together for a common noble purpose. It is more than just a day care/school, it is truly a family.
My name is Ken Hall. I am a substitute teacher and currently filling in for Mrs. Davis in her K4 class. I have been married for almost 20 years. Together we have five wonderful children, Evelynn, Benjamin, Anabelle, Abigail and Eleanore. I have been a Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor and Young Adults Pastor for the past 20 years. I have also worked as a Substitute teacher for Muncie Community Schools for 16 years. I am looking forward to working with your child while they are here at Agape. My desire is that they would learn and grow in the love of God, and have fun doing it.
K4 Assistant Teacher
My name is Peggy Lee I started at Agape' in 2018. I have lived in New Castle most of my life. I am married to Michael and have four children and four beautiful grandchildren! I am so blessed to be a part of your children's life. I am also excited to see what God has in store for me and the Apape' family!
Two's Playgroup Teacher
Hello! My name is Miss Arial! I started my journey with Agapè in August of 2022! I am the lead teacher in 2’s play group. I have been married to my husband for almost 2 years! I am blessed to be a mom and bonus mom to three wonderful children! I make custom cups as a hobby! I also LOVEcoffee, you will probably rarely catch me without a cup of coffee in my hand! I have worked with children and special needs off and on since fall of 2016! I also know a lot of ASL, I interpreted from fall of 2016-fall of 2017! My passion is to teach your children more about Jesus! I love watching them grow and learn! I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to teach little ones!
Lead Teacher (Arctic Room)
K4 and K5 Art Teacher
Hello! My name is Lisa Robertson. I have worked with children for many years; in after school programs, summer programs, as a teacher’s assistant in Christian preschool, in a child care center, in a home day care and now here at Agape’. It is an honor and privilege, through projects and crafts or prayers and songs, to let the children know that Jesus Christ loves each and every one of us!
Lead Teacher (Orange Room)
Hello, my name is Ashley Smith, I am married(Joey) and we have one daughter(Mattielynn) born in 2007, I have a step daughter(Joanna) born in 1995 and she gave us a grandson(Luca) in 2019. I have worked with children for many years including several years in home daycare. I started my journey at Agape as an assistant teacher in the oceans room and I am currently lead teacher in the orange room. Since beginning my journey here at Agape I have attended college courses and earned my CDA certification in early childhood education. I am so blessed to be able to help your kiddos learn and grow!
Hello, my name is Sara Riley. I am married to my husband Josh. We had our first child, Amelia May of 2021. I feel so blessed to be able to spend my days with her along with all of her friends here at Agape. The great thing about working with the infants is to be able to watch them learn everything so quickly. We are so excited to be apart of our new Agape family!