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 Amanda Pohl. I was born and raised in Farmersville, Ohio but relcoated to the Raleigh area in 2016 for my husband’s job. I currently live in Smithfield, North Carolina with my husband, daughter, son and our two cats.
I graduated from Shawnee State University in 2013 with a degree in special education. I taught in public schools for 5 years in both Ohio and North Carolina. In 2018, I quit my teaching job to stay home with our daughter. While I have loved my time at home, I am looking forward to getting back into the field of education and teaching preschool at Hocutt.
When I’m not busy chasing children, some of my favorite things to do include reading, cooking, shopping, and running. I feel truly blessed to be joining the staff at Hocutt Baptist and I cannot wait to see what the next year of learning and fun will hold!
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!
Hi! My name is Suzi Loeffelholz. I was born and raised in Iowa. My husband, Ted, and I have been married for 28 years. We have two adult children, Hannah and Ethan. We will be adding a family member in November when our daughter gets married to Tiegan. We also have two dogs, Skye and Rue.
Ted works for Caterpillar and we have moved several times with his job. This is our third time living in North Carolina and as the saying goes “the third time is the charm”. We hope that Clayton will be our forever home.
I have a love for travel and was truly blessed when our first move took us to England. We spent our weekends traveling and visited several countries. We were newly married and although unable to work because of work visa restrictions, I needed to find my calling. I started volunteering at a non-profit textile arts group where I taught high school students and disabled children textile art. This was the start of my love of teaching. When we moved back stateside, I continued to volunteer in my children’s schools and at our church including co-leading VBS for two years. When my children reached high school age, I went back to work as a paraprofessional at the junior high level and high school levels. I was in a life skills classroom and helped to teach the students how to communicate with their devices, which included eye gaze, touch pad, and even some sign language.
I was blessed to join Hocutt Baptist Preschool last year as a sub taking over Miss Jennifer’s 4 year old classroom when she moved out of state. I love working with young children and seeing their joy when they can do even the simple things all on their own. I am excited to be a part of the 3 year old team. It is going to be an amazing year!
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’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!
My name is Annemarie Rzekonski. I was born and raised in New York. We moved to North Carolina in 2013 and lived in Clayton for the past seven years. I have a wonderful Husband and have been married for 14 years, have three daughters and two dogs. We homeschool our two younger daughters. I have been a Licensed Practical Nurse for 30 years. My youngest daughter also attended Hocutt Preschool. I’m thrilled God has led me to Hocutt Preschool to teach and share the love of Jesus with his precious children.
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.
My name is Jessica Jiménez Alamo, I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and in 2016, due to my husband’s job relocation, my family and I relocated to the United States. We love Clayton and now we consider this our hometown.
I have a BS and MB in Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico. Ever since I came to live here I decided to be a stay at home mom. We are a family of four; my husband’s name is Pablo Villamil, and he is an Engineer. My oldest daughter is Viviana, she is 14 years old and attends Riverwood Middle School. My youngest daughter is Abigail, she is 5 years old and recently graduated from pre-kinder from the Hocutt Baptist Preschool.
Recently I started to work with the Hocutt TA team and I am very happy and grateful for the opportunity and hope to continue being part of the Hocutt family.
This has been a different job experience; I love working with children and I give thanks to God for this.
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