Staff

    Jami Baker– I have been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 19 years, working at Head Start, Day Cares, Even Start, and Strasburg Elementary.  I am a member of First United Methodist and a Co-Director of the Lighthouse Youth Center.   When I am not teaching, I enjoy being creative at home with my 2 children.  You could say Pinterest is my best friend, I’m sort of an addict.  When I became a member at the church 9 years ago, it was a passion of mine to create a preschool.  The process was tedious, but incredibly rewarding.  I am getting to grow in my faith with each child and do what I love at the same time.  My favorite part of teaching is hearing the interactions between the children, hearing them laugh, watching them make new friends, and getting to be a part of that moment when they have learned something new.  As an administrator, I enjoy creating an environment that is safe, fun and a place they can come to grow, learn, and be creative.

Jessica Halter– I have been in early childhood education for the past 12 years working at daycares, Head Start, and Claymont Primary. I am a graduate of Bowling Green State University receiving my bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies with a background in early childhood education. My teaching philosophy is that children learn best when they are enjoying what they are doing. I work diligently to make learning fun. Every day is an adventure in the classroom! When I am not at work, I love spending time with my son, husband, and two dogs. I enjoy cooking, reading, and films.

Sue Wottle–  I am excited to be a part of the Creative Fish Family. I am originally from Canton and my husband, Eric and I have lived in New Philadelphia for 31 years. We are blessed with three great children and two awesome grandsons. I studied early childhood education at Malone University in Canton. We belong to NewPointe Community Church and in my spare time, I enjoy reading, searching out vintage/upcycled items, and traveling—the beach is my favorite recharge spot! The scripture that guides me daily is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

 Eryn Vogel – I graduated in 2016 from Kent State Tuscarawas with my Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. For the past two years I have been covering maternity leaves throughout the Garaway, Indian Valley, New Philadelphia and Claymont School Districts. You may say I am beyond excited to have a classroom to call my own. One thing I strive for in my classroom is relationships; not only getting to know my students, their interests and needs to be successful but with their families. In my classroom, you will see me on the floor playing in the home living or having fun with glitter, mud or water. I wholeheartedly believe childhood is intended to be fun and messy. When I am not in the classroom I enjoy being outside with my boyfriend and our boxer, Beau, and go camping with my family.

Our staff are all licensed educational providers that understands that your trust is a vital component in your comfort of our program and invites your interest, questions, and participation. Get in touch with us at 330.339.6411 or by emailing creativefish@npfirstumc.org.