Meet our Staff:

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Miss Shari


I am Shari Neal and it is my pleasure to introduce myself as the Director of the Agape’ Learning Center. It is such a privilege to work with so many dedicated teachers, that make Agape’ such a great place for all of our children. 

My husband Tim and I are lifetime residents of Henry County. We are the parents of Dusty Neal and his wife Chrissy. We are very blessed to have 3 wonderful grandchildren, Ally, Emma, and Titus! 

I feel very honored to be a part of the Agape’ family! I am looking forward to seeing how God will continue to bless and work in our program in the days to come!

Miss Mara

Office Manager

I absolutely love working at Agape'.  I have been a lead toddler teacher, and now I am happy to be working in the office. I enjoy getting to know all of the children here as well as their 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 helping provide them with a strong Crhistian foundation.

Mr. White

Agape' Chaplain

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 40 years and they have two children and four 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.

Miss Rogers

K-5 Teacher

I began teaching K-5 at Agape' in 2005.  I like the small class sizes we have because it allows me to really get to know each child.  I enjoy reading, so one of my favorite things to see is the excitement on the children's faces as they learn to read on their own.

Mrs. Smith

K-3 Teacher

Hello! My name is Kelsay Smith. I started working at Agape in 2013 but this is my 2nd year teaching K3. 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.  

Miss Sue

Lead Cook

I enjoy cooking for our children here at Agape'.  I like to think we serve your children as you would at home.  May our God continue to bless your children and our staff here at Agape'!

Miss Taylor

Rainbow Wing Manager

My name is Taylor De Tar. I am the wing manager of the Rainbow wing. I have worked at Agapé since November 2016. I earned my CDA while working at Agapé. I was the lead infant teacher from August 2017- August 2019. I have two boys and when I'm not at Agapé I love spending time with them!

Miss Jill


I have worked at Agapé since 2018 and have loved every minute of it! I have wanted to work with children since I was a kid myself and finally found my home. Working here with these kids is such a blessing. When I am not here I’m with my many nieces, nephews, and cousins. I cherish the time I have with family and friends. My hobbies include reading, writing, and making people laugh with mediocre jokes! I am honored to be one of the people chosen to love your kiddos!

Miss Dani

Lead Teacher

Ms. Dani Bolyard is a Lead Daycare teacher in the 3-year-old classroom. She has been a daycare teacher here at Agape since last September. She has been a daycare teacher since December of 2017. Ms. Dani has two college degrees, one Bachelors degree in Ministry and Leadership and one Associates degree in General Studies. Ms. Dani loves spending time with her family, which includes her husband, 15 month old Erin, and their dog Toby. 

Miss Kate


I recently joined the Agape family in August 2019. I work in the Jungle room in the morning and am the afternoon teacher in the nursery, or the blue room. I hope to complete my bachelors degree in Christian Education by December 2019. I have a heart for the growth and development of others and am blessed to be part of the lives of these kids. 

Outside of work I spend a lot of time with my family, I cook, play games, and enjoy creative projects. I always appreciate a good hot drink, whether it’s coffee or tea.

Miss Evie


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!

Miss Frankie


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!

Miss Kelly

Lead Teacher

My name is Kelly Dirickson. I’m the lead teacher in the 18-24 months room. I am 25 years young. I have my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and am currently about half way through my bachelors. I have been working in this field for 7 years, and have been at Agape since April of 2018. Through the years I have worked with children starting from 6 weeks up to about 12 years old. 

I am the proud dog mom to a black lab named Leroy; as well as the happy bonus mom to my boyfriends two sons. In my free time I enjoy spending time friends and family, singing, reading, fishing, and I have recently taken up photography. 

I’m truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with your child, and I can’t wait to see what this year brings. 

Miss Emma


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.

Miss Lesa


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.

Miss Lisa


Hello!  My name is Lisa Guffey. I have worked at Agape since November 2019. This is actually my second time to be employed here!  I was employed here approximately 28 years ago. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to return to sharing Gods love with your children. 

Outside work I enjoy attending my grandchildren’s activities. I am also a session ticket holder for IU’s men’s basketball.  

Thank you for allowing me to get to know your children!  They are amazing!!

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Mrs. Kundert

K-4 Teacher

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. 

Mrs. Davis

K-4 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.

Mrs. White

K3 Teacher

I am blessed to join the Agape’ teaching staff this year. This is my 35th year of teaching young children with most of those years teaching Kindergarten at Tri Elementary. It is always a joy to see how children learn and discover at their own pace. I am so excited to see how our K3 students respond to the curriculum that we use here at Agape’.

Mrs. Cummings

Assistant K4 Teacher

Hello, my name is Miss Kylena. I am married with two daughters of my own and two step daughters. I have been at Agape' since 2016. While I have worked here, I have had the privilege to move up with some of the children since they were babies. I am happy to be a part of the Agape' Family! We strive to provide the best care for our students.  

Miss Barbara

Noah Wing Manager

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.

Mr. Ken


My name is Ken Hall. 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.

Miss Carrie


My name is Carrie Wood. I am currently teaching in the Orange Room. I love helping children learn, grow, and explore everyday! I feel so blessed to have a little part in all of my students lives! 

Miss Kiley

Lead Teacher

I began working at Agape in February 2017 as a floater! I had the opportunity to work in the infant room last year and am now the lead teacher for the 12-18 months! This is such a fun age group to get to be a part of as they are experiencing so many firsts. I love watching their curiosity as they learn and grow. I am married with three children and all three have benefited from the amazing teaching staff here at Agape! We have been so blessed to be a part of this amazing community!

Miss Lisa


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!

Miss Samantha


Hello my name is Samantha and I recently joined the Agape' family in June 2019. It's truly a joy to teach and care for your children, where they are our number one priority. I am a mother of one child, a loving partner to another, and a friend to all. My family lives here in New Castle where we like to enjoy good company, anything outdoors, and every day adventures. Working at Agape has made my heart so full to be welcomed by the best staff and such amazing kiddos! I feel privileged to be apart of this Learning Center and I'm so excited to see this year unfold with growth, spiritual outreach, and every teachable moment. We are blessed! 

Miss Lacy

Substitute Teacher

Hello Agapè parents! My name is Lacy Haggard and I have been with Agapé for three years. While working at Agapè I have worked with many of our age groups, including Summer Camp, but I am currently working in the Green Room on our new rainbow wing. I have three beautiful blessings, Kade, Peyton, and Hazel. I not only strive to help our children at Agapè grow and learn about God’s word, but I too continually strive to grow with them. I am blessed to be apart of the Agapè family!

Miss Ashley


 My name is Ashley Smith. I joined the Agape' family in January 2020. I am 32 and married, we have a 12 year old daughter together and I have a 24 year old step daughter who has blessed us with a wonderful grandson on October 12, 2019. My family is very important to me and my husband is my best friend! I worked in a home daycare for 7 years when my daughter was a baby and I am so thrilled to be working with children again! They are all truly blessings from God. In my spare time I enjoy baking, sewing and all arts & crafts

Miss Peggy


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!

While working here I have the pleasure teaching 4 and 5 year olds. But with the expansion I will be working with the older twos! I am so blessed to be a part of your children's life. I am also excited to see what God has in stored for me and the Apape' family!

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