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         
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Cathy Howell

Weekday Administrator

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 have been teaching for twelve years. 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.”

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Andrea London

Administrative Assistant

My name is Andrea London and I was born in Gainesville, FL. I grew up in the Atlanta area and went to Georgia State University where I began studying Early Childhood Education and have been working with young children for over 10 years, being a Lead Educator and Co-Educator at a few preschools in the Atlanta area. It has always been my passion to assist children with their growth and development and to help them discover a world of possibilities following Jesus Christ. I am a member of The Faith Center in Tucker, Ga and turned my life over to Christ in April of 2012. I am married with 4 children with our home located in Duluth.

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SoYoung Lee

Director of Children's and Preschool Ministry at FBCD

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. 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, spending time with her family& friends, organizing, reading, and scrapbooking.

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Lynn Kinney

MDO Lead Teacher

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.

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Tina Mai

Threes's Assistant Teacher

My name is Tina. I am originally from Vietnam and have lived in Georgia for about 12 years. I hold a business degree from Sullivan University in Louisville, KY. I have two beautiful daughters named Madelyn and Daviana. My younger daughter went to school here at FBCD preschool. She loved it so much and that inspired me to start working here. Young children are so cute, smart, and unique. They keep me on the move and make my day shine. I look forward to meeting all my students and getting to know the parents too. I am so grateful to be a part of this FBCD preschool’s team!

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Sarah An

Four's Assistant Teacher

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 completed my Child Development Associate (CDA) in Early Childhood Education. I am married and have two children. In my free time I love to take walks, swim with my family, cook, bake with my children, read, sing, and go to the beach. I love children and believe they are a precious and priceless gift from God!! 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!!

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Alise Durkota

Weekday Music and Movement

Lead Teacher

Hi! I’m Alise. I grew up in Marietta, Georgia and graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught preschoolers and first graders in Athens before beginning our family in 2014. My husband and I have three kids and are quite a circus! We currently live in Duluth and attend Campus Church in Norcross; we love our community here! Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends (particularly when it involves a table of yummy food), tending to my garden and watercolor painting.

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Vera Sheffer

MDO Lead Teacher

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Julie Monk

Two's Lead Teacher

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 a lead teacher in the 2’s class. 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.

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Karen Marcus

Threes's Lead Teacher

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 undergrad 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. 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. I enjoy volunteering in our community as well as attending church here at Duluth First Baptist.

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Sherly Setiawan

Two's Assistant Teacher

Hello my name is Sherly Setiawan. I am originally from Indonesia. I graduated from Holland University of Applied Sciences in Haarlem, The Netherlands major in Business Management. I lived in the Netherlands for 4 years before I moved to United States in 2005 with my husband. My husband and I have been married for 16 years and have three amazing children – Damian (14), Alastair (12) and Genevieve (8). During my free time, I am a DIY enthusiast who loves listening to the music, playing piano and enjoy outdoor activity. 

Cathy Howell

Weekday Administrator

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 have been teaching for twelve years. 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.”

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