Director Rebecca graduated with a dual degree in Elementary Collaborative Education and Dance from Birmingham-Southern College. She taught for 15 years ages Kindergarten through 5th grade before accepting the role of director at AEK in 2020. She lives in Bluff Park with her husband, Ryan, and their two children, Anadine and Carter.
Assistant Director/ Lead MDO Teacher Kelly is originally from Selma, but currently resides in Vestavia Hills with her husband and two boys. She earned her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood and Special Education and a Masters degree in Severe Disabilities from the University of Alabama.
MDO Teacher Ms. Lisa has been with Ascension for 11 years. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Business and Marketing. She lives in Vestavia with her husband and two children.
MDO Teacher Ms. Rachel as been a teacher in Ascension's MDO room for 8 years. After graduating from the University of Alabama, she taught PE at Crestline Elementary before coming to teach at Ascension. She lives in Vestavia with her husband and their twin daughters.
MDO Teacher This is Rachel's second year as a teacher at AEK. She comes to us with years of preschool experience and stays busy being a mom to her three children; Cohen, Nolan, and Finley.
MDO Teacher Kristi joins our MDO team for the first time as a teacher, but first came to AEK as a parent. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Early Childhood Education. She also completed a Teacher Licensure Program through South College. She lives in Vestavia with her husband and three children; William, Davis Ann, and Harper.
MDO Teacher Donya is a long time AEK parent (since 2013) with all 3 of her daughters attending over the years. She attended the University of Alabama, and works part time for Magical Vacation Planner when she isn't caring for the youngest AEK friends. She is an avid book reader, loves to travel, and is always ready for another adventure!
MDO Teacher Ms. Shana was a consistent substitute at Ascension and we are happy to finally have her on staff in our MDO room. With a degree in Speech Pathology, she brings a wealth of knowledge for our youngest students. She lives in Vestavia with her husband and three children.
MDO Teacher Melissa first came to AEK as a substitute and quickly became a favorite of the students and teachers. She graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management, though her greatest accomplishment has been raising her four children; Tony, Taylor, Tory, and Tyson.
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2K Teacher Mary Elaine joins the AEK faculty after many years of being an AEK parent and a member of the Church of Ascension. She holds a Masters of Education in Library Media and Bachelors of Science in Collorative Education from Birmingham-Southern College. She is also a cross country and track star! She stays busy raising her three children; Caroline, Beau, and Shep.
2K Teacher Rebecca joins the AEK faculty for the first time this year, but comes to AEK with years of preschool teaching experience. She graduated from Tennessee Tech University with her Masters in Educational Psychology and received her Bachelors degree from Samford University in Education. She stays busy raising her three children; Noah, Declan, and Harlow.
2K Teacher/Music Teacher Ms. Becca graduated from Birmingham-Southern with a degree in Biology. She is currently looking into various masters and PhD programs for the future. She is from Smyrna, TN and has spent many years teaching Bible school and theater. She has taught our 2 year old class for one year and is excited to continue in this role along with taking on the role of AEK's music teacher!
3K Teacher Ms. April has been teaching at AEK for two years, but has been teaching in the preschool setting for decades. She holds a Masters degree in Education from Auburn University. She lives in Vestavia with her husband and three children.
3K Teacher Ms. Angela has been at AEK for 2 years, but comes to us with 11 years of preschool experience and a degree in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University. She lives in Vestavia with her husband and two children.
4K Teacher This is Ms. Lauren's second year at AEK, but she brings 20 years of early childhood experience with her. She graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Development and lives in Vestavia with her husband and two children. Her oldest is in 7th grade at Pizitz and her youngest is in 2st grade at East.
4K Teacher Kirsten joins our AEK faculty this year as our new 4K teacher. She graduated from Auburn University with her degree in Early Childhood Education. She lives in Bluff Park with her husband and two children; Alice and Hildy.
5K Teacher Ms. Katie has been teaching at AEK ever since she and her husband moved from Austin, Texas two years ago. With a degree in Elementary Education, she brings years of experience at the elementary school level. Her child-centered approach to learning ensures that every child is met at his/her level.
PE and Art Teacher Laura joins us this year as a faculty member, but has spent many years as an AEK mom. Laura graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She is also a soccer star, crafting master, and mom to Charlie and Hunter.