Our Staff

    Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
- Proverbs 22:6         
SoYoung Lee

Director

SoYoung Lee grew up in Seoul, Korea and graduated from Ewha Woman’s University with B.A in Christian Studies & M.A in Christian Education. She is also a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX with M.A. in Christian Education, concentration in Childhood Education.

Her calling and passion is to set before each child the “Light of the Word”-who is Jesus-the only one who can save them, guide them, and keep them confident and sure, both now and forever. She joined First Baptist Duluth this summer 2014 and loves to serve the Lord and reach out people in both church and weekday preschool.

SoYoung and her husband K.J. are raising two daughters, Claire and Caitlyne. She enjoys playing piano for her daughters as they play their cello and violin, spending time with her family& friends, organizing, reading, and scrapbooking.

Lauren Allen

4's Lead Teacher

(Mon-Fri)

Lauren Allen grew up in Grayson, Georgia and graduated with an Early Childhood degree from the University of Georgia. She taught third grade in Gwinnett County for six years before coming to teach at First Baptist Duluth Preschool. She lives in Lawrenceville with her husband and two children, Samantha and Matthew, and is a member of 12 Stone Church. Outside of teaching, Lauren enjoys the beach, spending time with family & friends, reading, being a small group leader, and cheering for her husband’s Mountain View football team!

Belinda Clary

3's Lead Teacher

(Mon-Fri)

Hi my name is Belinda Clary.

I am married to my wonderful husband Mike. We have 7 grandchildren whom we love so dearly Elizabeth, David, Michael, Benjamin, Hagen, Henlee and Carson. Being a Nah Nah is the abpsolute best and it is one of my favorite titles! 

We moved from Cumming, GA to Duluth 3 years ago. I worked at a wonderful Christian Academy where I was the Kindergarten Co-Teacher for 4 years. Prior to that I was a paraprofessional for 5 years working with special needs children in preschool. I attended Liberty University for 2 years studying Early Childhood Education. I believe God gives each of us a gift and mine is with teaching children; they teach me as much as I teach them and I feel blessed for the gift God as given me. 

I love my  family so much and try to see and spend time with them at every opportunity. I love to craft, smile and just enjoy this life I was so very blessed with. 

I can’t express the gratitude and excitement that I have to be able to teach at Duluth Baptist Preschool. Gods hands where all over this and I am forever grateful for this opportunity!

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace”.

Numbers 6:24-26

Cathy Howell

3's Lead Teacher

(Tue-Thu)

My name is Cathy Howell.  I met Jesus as a child attending a baptist church in Florida. I grew up there and went to college before getting married and moving to Atlanta. Now I have three children and have been enjoying teaching at Duluth First Baptist Preschool. I believe God has used all the events in my life to lead me to this place, at this time. My favorite verse is Isaiah 40:31 “Those that wait upon the lord shall rise up on wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, walk and not faint.”

Isoleth Kumar

Music/Libray/PE

Asst Teacher

My name is Isoleth Kumar, and I'm from El Salvador. I am so grateful to serve as a staff at First Baptist Duluth Preschool this year. While I was in El Salvador I was working as an executive and was pursuing a law degree in Criminal Justice. For the past fourteen years since I have been a mom and deeply involved in social work among women and children in Delhi and northern parts of India. Serving children and women have been my passion because I understand that God is passionate for them and wants me to love them. 
I live in Suwanee with my husband Kadmiel Kumar who is from India and we are blessed with three wonderful children Joshua, Neha and Jashn, my sister-in-law Charlotte and our dog Benji. 
I look forward for this new year full of new adventures, creativity and new experiences. My goal is to build the lives of every child I encounter with and impart values into their little hearts.

Julie Monk

4's Asst Teacher​

(Mon-Fri)

Originally from Surabaya, Indonesia Julie has lived in the U.S. since 1999 and resided in Gwinnett County since 2001.   Married to Andy, Julie is the mother to two children, Sydney and Mason. They both attended FBCD preschool. Julie has been working as assistant teacher since 2014, and this year will be serving as an assistant teacher in 4’s class. Julie and her family are also members of FBCD. Julie has adjusted nicely to life in the South and become a fan of southern food and sports including the Braves, Falcons, Bama and FSU.

Karen Marcus

3's Lead Teacher

(Mon-Fri)

I am so proud to be returning to Duluth 1 st Baptist Preschool. I have been teaching in
our community for about 30 years. I enjoy helping others and watching children learn
and grow. I went to Brenau University for my undergraduate degree in education as
well as Reinhardt University for my associate degree in education.
When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family. Mr. Randy, my husband, and our three adult children Kourtney, Kristi, and Kyle. All three of my children attended Duluth First Baptist Preschool, many years ago. I have three grandchildren, Ali, Henry, and Nora who are amazing, and they are also attending preschool in Marietta, Georgia.
I enjoy volunteering in our community as well as attending church here at Duluth 1 st
Baptist.

Angie Lancaster

Assistant Director 

I’m beginning my 15th year at FBCD Preschool serving as Associate Director this year.  Previously, I have taught in the 2’s, 3’s and 4’s as well as 1st -8th grade. My husband and I have 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. I have a BS degree in Elementary Education and a Masters’ degree in Guidance and Counseling. We’ve lived in Duluth, and been members at FBCD, for over 20 years and love this area! 

My life verse is Isaiah 41:10:

“So do not fear, for I am with you: do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”

Sarah An

4’s Asst Teacher

(Mon-Fri)

My name is Sarah An. Originally from Ohio, I moved to Georgia in 2001 and attended Atlanta Bible College where I obtained my Associate of Theology Degree. I am currently in the process of pursing my Child Development Associate (CDA) in Early Childhood Education. I am married and have two children, a girl and a boy. In my free time I love to exercise, take walks or swim with my family, cook, bake with my children, read, sing, and vacation at the beach.  I love children and believe they are a precious and priceless gift from God!! Children truly brighten our life and bring us joy, smiles, and laughter. I am looking forward to a great school year as we work together as a team investing in our children, learning together, and praying over them!!

Belinda Ford

2's Lead Teacher

(Mon-Wed)

I have taught Preschool for over thirty years, taught in government and private sector and also owned and operated a state licensed home based daycare(GA). I earned my CDA(Child Development Associates) still current. Also I earned a Diploma in Biblical Studies(International Bible Institute) in June 2005. I am married and mother of two God loving daughters. The eldest resides in Alabama with her husband and my three precious grands. My youngest is currently in high school(keeps me involved). I make time for family, writing, reading, shopping, walks, yoga and journaling, romantic comedies(Hallmark movies) and soon traveling!

Daily Affirmations
Jeremiah 29:11 For I Know the thoughts I think toward you says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Psalm 91 (entire)

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgement You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me Says the Lord.

Tina Mai

3's Asst Teacher

(Tue-Fri)

My name is Tina. I am originally from Vietnam. I am married to my husband Cau. Together we have two very beautiful daughters Madelyn and Daviana. My family and I have been in Georgia for 10 years. After we moved to Atlanta, I stayed home and was a fulltime mom for about couple years. I have a BS degree from Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky. I worked for Porter Bancorp Incorporated internet banking company for several years.

My younger daughter Daviana went to school here at First Baptist Church Preschool. I started out as a substitute teacher. This is my third year being an assistant teacher. I love to learn and enjoyed in teaching. The children in their early young ages make me shine and keep me being on the move through out the day. I am very excited to meet all my students. I am very grateful and honored to be a part of
FBCD Preschool team.

Mother's Day Out

Lead Teacher

12 Months (Wed)

18 Months (Mon-Wed; Thu-Fri)

Hello my name is Lynn Kinney, I grew up most of my life in Destin Florida. In 1986 I moved to Georgia with a family I was a nanny for 15 years. When children grew up and moved on I stayed in Georgia. Decided to have a change and worked retail for Parsons for 19 years and then decided that I was ready to get back to what I love most and that’s working with children. I enjoy watching the children explore and learn new songs.

My hobbies are scraping booking, cooking, taking my puppies to the park, working with children and going to see a good movie.

Lynn Kinney
Tammy Stone

2’s Asst Teacher 

(Mon-Wed)(Thu-Fri)

Hello my name is Tammy Stone and I have lived in the Duluth area for over 18 years. I have one son, Dalton, who attends a Christian school and loves to participate in sports, drama & choir, and playing the piano. We both share the passion of reading, creative art and volunteering. Our Christian faith and church family plays a major role in how we live our lives daily. Prior to following God's calling to become an early childhood educator I worked as a healthcare professional for over 25 years primarily with cancer patients, their families and caregivers. My college studies focused in the Arts, Math, Sciences, Psychology and Theology. I enjoy reading, all forms of the Arts, animals, sports, volunteering and enjoying every moment shared with my son. I love watching children's faces light up when they discover something new or achieve an accomplishment on their own for the very first time, it is truly magical and inspirational.

Janie McNair

Music/Library

Lead Teacher (T-Th)

My name is Janie McNair, and I have been a part of the FBCD Preschool family as a parent for more than 6 years. The staff have loved on my three wonderful kids since my oldest was only 15 months old! My husband, Matt, and I have lived in the Duluth area for about 12 years. This is my third year teaching at the Preschool. I have a deep love for books, and I have seen the importance of reading to and with our children from an early age. I studied music (piano) and Spanish in college, and I have been sharing my love of music with little ones through choirs, group or individual classes since high school. It is an honor to be a part of the FBCD Preschool staff, to share the love of God with your children through music and books.

Melisssa LaCoursiere

Music Asst Teacher

(Wed)

My name is Melissa LaCoursiere and I am excited to be joining the Duluth First Baptist Preschool team this year! I grew up at FBCD, attended the preschool and am still a member! I now teach the 3 Year Old Sunday School class and enjoy every moment! I graduated from Duluth High School and then received my B.A in Communications from Piedmont College. I worked for Gwinnett County Public Schools for 12 years and then became a stay at home mom when my youngest was born. I have been married to my husband Mark for 16 years and together we have two kids, Mace and Makayla. Growing up, music was always a big part of my life so I am really thrilled to be involved in watching the kids enjoy music each week. I give Thanks to the Lord for allowing me to be part of this experience!

Cindy Chu

Office/Financial Assistant

I am from Taiwan, moved to Georgia in 1992. I graduated with a B.B.A. degree in Finance from Georgia State University. I am married and have 2 children. Both of them came to First Baptist Weekday Preschool, we love it so much and I started to work here! It is my honor to work at First Baptist Duluth Weekday Preschool with a group of amazing teachers.

Pamela Buziba

Mother's Day Out

Asst Teacher

12 Months (Wed)

18 Months (Mon & Wed; Thu-Fri)

My Name is Pamela Buziba and am very excited to introduce myself to you all. Here are a few things to get to know me a little better; my husband Robert Buziba and I have two boys and one girl, Jeremiah, Abigail and Aaron, and I love to spend all my free time with them.
I have an MBA from a university in Uganda and was working in the banking industry until we moved here in 2012.
I am a member of FBCD and am excited now to be part of FBCD preschool team, more so to be working with young children.

Young-Mi Hong

3’s Asst Teacher

(Mon-Fri)

I am Young Mi Hong. My husband is Joseph Kim. We have two kids.

I majored in elementary education in Korea. I worked as a teacher and then campus missionary. I had lived in Nepal for two and a half years with my husband(2010-2012). It was a wonderful opportunity for us to serve Nepal and Nepalese.

Now my family is here in U.S. God led us to this great church, First Baptist Duluth. When the people of various ethnic groups gather together and worship God, I feel the presence of God. I believe that the same thing is happening here in FBCD preschool.

I am so thankful and happy to work together for the kingdom of God as a staff of this school. I believe that I am weak but Jesus is strong. I want to serve and love children with his strong love.

Candy Johnson

PE Lead Teacher

(M-F)

Hi my name is Candita Johnson.

Your family will know me as Miss. Candy

I’m married to a wonderful man Derek Johnson. We have two amazing daughters Sade’ and Maiah Johnson. Our family moved to Duluth, Georgia in 2000 and that’s the year I came on board at Duluth First Baptist Preschool. I worked as the P.E / Music assistant. P.E lead and MDO assistant. I happily worked here for 14 wonderful years. During that time our family evolved ,moved to Lawrenceville, our girls graduated high school, went to college and we became empty nesters. After a short time away, My LOVE and PASSION for God’s children brought me back to teach here. I’m exactly where I’m meant to be!

“Children are a gift from the Lord.  They are a reward from Him.”

PSALMS 127:3

Liz Reynolds

PE Asst Teacher

(Mon)

Liz Reynolds grew up in Duluth, Georgia and graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Boston University. She worked in Community Relations and Customer Service for 12 years before deciding to become a stay-at-home mom. She lives in Lawrenceville with her husband and two children, Ella Grace and Preston. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family & friends, traveling, the beach and baking.

Sara Wood

2’s Lead Teacher

(Thu-Fri)

Sarah Wood grew up in Duluth, GA and attended First Baptist Duluth Preschool. She graduated from GCSU with a dual degree in Psychology and Outdoor Education. She has completed half of her Masters in Special Education at GSU. Sarah has been teaching for 15 years. Sarah lives in Suwanee with her husband and three kids. Her husband is a co pastor with Phoenix Community of Suwanee. 

Amanda Booker

4's Lead Teacher

(Mon-Fri)

Amanda Booker grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia where she received her BSA in Biological Science in 2010. She received her TCC in Early Childhood Care & Basics. She has two amazing children! M'Kenzye is 11 years old and cheers for the Collins Hill 6th grade team. Mario is 7 and enjoys running and Math. Amanda, her children, and their 4 guinea pigs live in Lawrenceville, Georgia. For almost 5 years, she was a 911 Operator/Dispatcher for DeKalb and Walton County before teaching. This will be Amanda's 4th year teaching Pre-K. She has great experience working with children who have Autism. She enjoys tutoring students in Math and Reading. She is also the Assistant Director for G.A.S.P at Jackson Elementary. She loves children and being creative! Her favorite scripture is Phillipians 4:13. She also believes it is a true blessing to be able to do what she loves each and every day!

Vania Wynn

O2Y3 Lead  Teacher

(Mon-Wed)

My name is Vania Wynn. I grew up in Long Island, NY attending Nyack College where I obtained a B.S. in Music and Psychology. I also studied Music Therapy at UGA.  I met my husband in the Army during my tour in South Korea and now have a wonderful family that strives to love and honor God in the details of life. I live in Suwanee, GA with my husband, 4 kids, and grandmother.  My husband and I are currently serving together with the members of Siloam Community Church and also in their children’s ministry. I enjoy singing in worship to Christ, reading non-fiction, taking walks with the family, and experiencing God’s creation on warm and sunny days.  I am a firm believer that our God is a good and loving God whom we can trust no matter the circumstances.

“…for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Phil 4:11b-13

Lucy Hwang

O2Y3's Assit Teacher

(Mon-Wed)

Hello. My name is Lucy Hwang. I am originally from South Korea and came to the U.S. in October of 2018. I studied Early Childhood Special Education in Korea, then went to the U.K. to build up my teaching experience. In the U.K. I volunteered and worked at a Camphill community which is a school and home for special needs children. This is where I earned a diploma in curative education. During my 4 years at Camphill, children taught me that we are teachers for each other; they led me to learn what love, trust, friendship, perseverance, and truth are. I am married with no kids yet, but because of those experiences, I know that I have found an unexpected treasure trove of truth and delight in children!  Just before moving to U.S., we lived in Nepal for over 6 years. Those years gave me the richest life experience ever as I met God once again, but this time with all my heart. God is living a God! He is the peace, joy, and love that everyone is looking for!

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