I have been at Hocutt since 1996 and with the preschool since its inception in 2000. We teach our children Christian principles and values while making education fun and exciting. We are blessed to have a staff of spiritually mature women who love and nurture our children, and it is a privilege to serve alongside them. Every day, we bathe our children and their families in prayer, and I appreciate the opportunity to minister this way. I am thankful for the support I receive from the staff, the church, my husband Stan, and my seven wonderful children.
My name is Kristina Zorin. I was born and raised in New Jersey. However, I’ve lived all over the world. I met my husband, Vasiliy, while living in England. We have 3 children Zoey, Arabella, and Nikolai. We also have a dog Bruno and a cat Remy both of who are named from Disney movies. We moved to Clayton 4 years ago and have found this to be such a welcoming community. I am a graduate of Liberty University and an Air Force Veteran and Reservist with 14 years of combined service and knowledge in Healthcare Administration. I am a foodie who enjoys traveling, learning about different cultures, cooking, running, and volunteering my time to the local community. This past year I dedicated my life to my savior Jesus Christ. I am so proud to be guiding the children of Hocutt on their own spiritual journeys. Thank you for welcoming me into the Hocutt family!
I was saved in 8th grade at Christian camp and later attended Pensacola Christian College. I began teaching preschool in 1982, then moved to Clayton with my husband and children in 2000. I joined Hocutt’s preschool in 2006. I am honored to share God’s word with preschoolers because I can have the biggest impact on their lives at that age. What they learn here is the foundation for the rest of their education and serves them their whole lives. Being able to teach in a loving Christian environment is important; this is the mission field God has chosen for me.
My name is Ashley Shuford. I graduated from Queens University of Charlotte. I taught high school math for five and a half years in Burnsville, North Carolina. Our family moved to Clayton for my husband’s work, where I decided to be a stay at home mom with our daughter. Hocutt has been wonderful for our daughter as a student, and I am thrilled to now become a part of the Hocutt family, getting back in the classroom as a teacher. I’m so excited that I get to inspire children to love learning and, most importantly, love Jesus.
My name is Jenny Pastoressa. I was born and raised in New York, and in 2020 my family and I relocated to North Carolina. We love Clayton, and I am honored to be a part of the Hocutt family.
I have a Bachelors degree from SUNY Oneonta, and a Masters Degree in Education from Dowling College. I cannot wait to work in the 4’s classroom this year, and share my love for learning with your children.
I have three children, two dogs, and the most amazing husband. During my spare time I enjoy riding my bike, baking, and playing board games. God has led me to Hocutt Preschool, and I look forward to a great year!
My name is Daniela Ansley, and I am originally from Romania. I moved here in 2004, after I got married to my husband, Jason! He went to be with the Lord 4 years later, and ever since it’s been just my daughter and I. Isabel is 14 years old. She is such a joy and blessing in my life! I am also a homeschool mom of almost 8 years. We both enjoy walking, listening to sermons and music, animals, snow, going to the beach, and helping others. I have been working with children since I was very young. They are a precious gift from God!! This is my third year at Hocutt and I look forward to using my God given gifts with the children!
My name is Laura Pollnow and I will be teaching one of the three year old classes this year. I have been a substitute teacher and teachers assistant here for the past two years and I’m very excited to have my own class this year. I love working with children and I look forward to creating a warm, loving and fun environment in my class.
My husband Matt and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and we have two wonderful children, Evelyn who is 5 and Sean who is 14. Evelyn is a recent graduate of Hocutt Baptist Preschool after attending for 3 years and loving every minute of it.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and psychology from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.
My family and I have lived in Clayton for four years after having resided in Toronto, Canada and Kansas City, Kansas. In my free time I love to read, workout and walk my dogs.
I feel truly blessed that I was led to become part of the Hocutt Baptist Preschool family and I thank God for the opportunity to serve the children here at preschool.
God called me to be a teacher while still in college and I have taught most of my adult life, graduating from Trinity University, San Antonio Texas, with a BS in Elementary Education and later from Baylor University with a Masters in Learning Diagnostics. I have been married to my wonderful husband George for 47 years this December. We have two sons and 8 grandchildren. It was my blessing to have spent over 35 years of my teaching career at Lake Park Baptist School in Florida teaching 1st, 3rd, 4th and Middle School. My husband also taught school in Florida and in 2016 we both retired and moved to North Carolina. We are active members of Hocutt Baptist and are also in the Gideon Ministry. The Lord has been very good to us and is blessing us daily with new opportunities to serve him.
I’m originally from NE Pennsylvania and a graduate of East Stroudsburg University. My husband, Jim, and I have one son, Liam, who proudly attended Hocutt Preschool! Before joining this wonderful staff, I was employed by Head Start in PA and taught and directed preschools her in North Carolina. My heart is in the classroom and being an advocate for early childhood education. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, exercising and volunteering at my son’s school. It is my honor to be joining the staff here at Hocutt and I pray that I am a blessing to the students and their families and promise to share the love of Jesus daily to them!
Hello my name is Kimberly Mizelle. I was born and raised in Virginia. My husband and I moved to North Carolina in 2015. We have four children Noah, Addison, Savannah and Hudson. I was saved as a child, and when I was 18 years old, I rededicated my life and have been serving my Lord and Savior ever since. I love working with children and have been for the past 20 years. This year I am very excited to be teaching the 2 year old class. It is such a joy to see the excitement on a child’s face when learning something new or finally catching onto something they have been trying to learn. I can’t wait to share the love of Christ with your child this year. It’s going to be a great year!
I was saved as a teenager, and have taught young children in Sunday school for many years at Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church. I have been at Hocutt preschool since 2008 and the children here know me as “Miss Floater.” This type of work is different than any I’ve done before, but it is a blessing to work in a Christian environment and I never have a dull moment because they keep “Miss Floater” busy. I have a daughter and son-in-law and one granddaughter.
My name is Gladys Lodes and I moved to Clayton from New York City in 2016 shortly after the birth of my second grandchild. I began my career in corporate America in 1973 and worked in offices throughout downtown and midtown Manhattan. During this time my favorite pastimes included exposing my children to the rich and vibrant culture of the city through adventures to Broadway and the many museums. As much as I loved those chapters of my life, I feel extremely blessed to be living in Clayton near my three children (Jamie, Melissa and Richard) and my four grandchildren (Kayleigh, Jacob, Julia and Hudson). For the past three years I have been able to bring my grandchildren to Hocutt Baptist preschool each morning and pick them up each afternoon. I am excited to begin a new chapter as a part of the Hocutt family!
I was saved here at Hocutt at the age of 12. I reside here in Clayton. I am happily married with 3 children. My husband’s name is Rodney, my oldest daughter, Presley is 14, my son, Bear is 5, and my youngest daughter, Adaline is 4. I enjoy the beach and the mountains. I like to get crafty in my down time. Sitting on my front porch swing reading Christian based books, devotions and my Bible bring me peace. The Lord has Blessed me and has been the constant in my life. Being here at Hocutt ministering and helping to guide your children is a true Blessing.
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