Staff of PWNS


Sheya Bennett has been a full time teacher at PWNS for 13 years, and with our preschool for a total of 17 years. In addition to her preschool teaching experience, she spent six years developing curriculum and overseeing Workshop Rotation and Vacation Bible School for First Presbyterian Church's Christian Education Design Team. Sheya and Bryan have two children: Ben, a graduate of Columbia University in Chicago and currently serving in the Air Force, and Aly, a PWNS graduate and student at IUN. She is also a proud grandma of two young grandsons.

Ann Skadberg served at the elementary schools in Benton Community School Corporation for five years and more recently at Ben Franklin Middle School. She was a substitute teacher at PWNS for two years before becoming a full time teacher in 2006. Ann graduated from Purdue University with her M.S. in School Counseling. Ann and R.G.'s children, Allison and Lauren, are PWNS graduates and students at Valparaiso High School.

Both teachers are members of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and are active and involved members of the First Presbyterian Church.


Presbyterian Weekday Nursery School operates under the loving guidance and support of our dedicated Board of Directors:

Margaret Alexander, Chairperson *

Sharon Harris

Connie Knauff

Paul Knauff

Dottie Staats

The Board of Directors includes a retired school principal, current and retired local school educators, and our church Pastor.

*Margaret (“Maggi”) Alexander founded the preschool in 1977, served as teacher for many years, and is the Chairperson of the Board. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, her Masters in Education from Valparaiso University, and completed post-graduate studies in Reading. Retired from Valparaiso Community Schools, she currently tutors children through Family Counseling Center. She has been involved with our preschool since its inception 35 years ago and continues to be an invaluable resource.

Presbyterian Weekday Nursery School is part of the Christian Education Ministry Unit of the First Presbyterian Church of Valparaiso. As a church preschool, we make no apology for teaching religious songs, stories or prayers to the children. The school is under the direction of its Board of Directors, reports to the Christian Education Ministry Unit and is ultimately responsible to the Session of the church.


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