Staff and Board

Jennifer Ward – Lead Teacher
JenniferBio:   Jennifer has been a part of the Open Arms Preschool program since 2004.  She and her husband, Harold, have been married for 24 years and live in Schuyler County on their family farm.  They are the proud parents of 20-year-old triplets, Ryan, Madeline, and Joseph, who are the 8th generation to continue the family farming tradition in Bainbridge Township.  Jennifer graduated from Beardstown High School in 1988 and Western Illinois University in 1992.  She spent many years teaching Sunday School at her home church, the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beardstown.  She loves working with preschool-aged children and helping to provide an option for Christian education at the preschool level for families in Rushville and the surrounding communities.

Norma Atwater- Teacher’s Aid
This year we welcome Norma Atwater to our preschool staff. Norma recently retired from MDH after 29 ½ years and previously worked at Culbertson Hospital. Norma and her late husband, Bob, were blessed with two children, Roy Atwater and Amy Downs of Rushville. She also has two grandsons. Norma shared she is excited to start working at Open Arms with Jennifer Ward and the students.

Preschool Board
2016 – Gary Hannant, Niki Wise (co-chair, secretary)
2017 – Diane Settles (chair), Leland Hardy
2018 – Michel DeMoss (Treasurer), Ruth Phillips
2018 – Laura Moore (Board Chair), Michel DeMoss (treasurer), Carol Breedlove, Debbie Worthington, Barb Schoonover, Mary Sue Merritt
2015-2016 Ex-Officio Parent Member – Mackenzie Malcomson