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Meet our 2017-2018 Sunday School Teachers. To contact teacher by email, click on photo.

lynette_colmeyLynette Colmey, Co-Director of Children's Ministries
I’ve been involved with children in church since being a teenager. I also taught in public schools and in a mission school in Cuba. Kids turn me on, and I’m delighted to be “working” here at First Pres. 



susie kovicSusie Kovic,Co-Director of Children's Ministries
I love kids and have been involved in Children's Ministries for many years here. Prior to that I did campus ministry work and did short term missions in Hungary, Japan, and the Philippines. My hustand, Steve, and I have two children, Lizzie and Peter, who are now young adults. I enjoy John Grisham books, cooking new recipes for friends and family, music, Da Bears, and volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade exchange in Oak Park.


jjjonesJeremy Jones, Age 2-Kindergarten, 9:00 am
Hi! I enjoy teaching the 2&3’s at 9:00 and have volunteered with them since high school. I graduated in 2017 from Concordia University in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy teaching young children. 




mannyManny Yu, Age 2-5, 9:00

I grew up in church and participated in Sunday school teaching for 2 years in Taiwan. I have two wonderful kids, Ian and Lianna, and enjoy reading Bible stories with them. In my very few free time I like to play and watche baseball games.



chris_hibbertChris Hibbert, Age 2 & 3, 10:30 am
I’ve grown up in this church and have taught 2&3 year olds since I was in high school (just a few years ago?). I have a teenage son, Alex, and work part-time at Crate & Barrel in Oakbrook.





lynette_colmeyLynette Colmey, Children's Worship, 10:30 am
I have enjoyed helping young children learn to worship God in their own ways since we began this program 28 years ago. In this Montessori-based program, the children sing, pray, hear Bible stories, and have a time to work with story materials individually in their own space (a towel on the floor). Outside of church, I enjoy tennis, biking, reading, and music (playing recorder in a group).  




allie bonesAllie Bones, Age 2,3 & 4 - 10:30 am
Hi! I'm a junior at Oak Park and River Forest High School and can't wait to get to know your kids! This summer I was volunteering at a summer camp and I play travel soccer. I also love being with my family.





megbonesMeg Bones, Age 2,3 & 4 - 10:30 am
Hi! My name is Meg Bones. I live in River Forest and I am a junior at OPRF high school. I have an identical twin sister and an older brother. I play travel soccer and enjoy playing with my dog, Maddie. I play the guitar and ukulele and I love to hang out with my friends and family. I can't wait to get to know all your kids!




tiffanyTiffany Nardi, Age 3 & 4 - 10:30 am
I have grown up at First Pres and love the church and the opportunity to work with kids. I enjoy teaching them about God and always being impressed at what comes out of their mouths! I work in marketing and am a figure skating coach in my spare time. Just this past July, my husband Chad and I were married at First Pres.




a bellAnn Bell, 1st-6th grade, 9:00 am
I grew up here at First Pres and have taught Sunday School, volunteered at VBS,and co-chaired the Christmas Pageant form many years. I love teaching kids about Jesus and how they can put on His life jacket! As a mom, I have four children. Currently I'm an assistant teacher at First United Preschool-quite a change from teaching in the Chicago Public Schools! My hobbies include photography and knitting.


melina_ murphyMelina Murphy, K-2nd grade, 10:30 am
I am a student at Concordia University and am studying Early Childhood Education. I have enjoyed working in the nursery, 2-3's, and 4 & 5-year-olds in the past. I am now teaching K-2. Each year I get a promotion! I love animals and babysitting. For fun, I like playing soccer.



edith perezEdith Gomero, K-2nd grade, 10:30 am
Hi. My husband, Jason Perez, and I live in Oak Park with our 3 children. We have been attending First Pres since 2010. This is my third year teaching Sunday School. I look forward to another great year helping our children get close to God.



jahzielleJahzielle Gonzalez, 1st & 2nd grade, 10:30 am






peggy ePeggy Ebersole, 3rd & 4th grade, 10:30 am
I live with my family in Oak Park. I have been married to Jon for 30 years and we have three young adult children, Amanda & Jessica, 25 year old twins, and Ryan, age 22. I work full-time taking care of my family and part-time doing some bookkeeping and financial assistance for seniors and small businesses. I have always enjoyed teaching and am looking forward to spending some time with the 3rd and 4th graders this year! I enjoy reading, cooking, and finding fun new restaurants to try out.


chuck cozzetteKaraCozzettChuck and Kara Cozette, 5th & 6th grade-10:30 am
Hi! We live in Oak Park. Chuck is the father of four daughters. Kara is in high school at OPRF. They have two dogs named George and Wrigley. Chuck is a magazine publisher and plays basketball as often as he can. Kara likes tennis and soccer. We look forward to getting to know your children!


Last Published: September 28, 2017 12:09 PM
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