Kelly Mayle has served as the director of My First School since August 2013. In addition to her heart for children, Kelly has earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University.

She has worked with children at a number of levels, including substitute teaching, tutoring, and as an assistant director of a preschool/childcare center in Aurora for six years prior to coming on staff at Cornerstone Church of Aurora. 

In addition to serving as the My First School Director, Kelly and her husband, David, are active members at Cornerstone Church of Aurora and serve in our Upward Basketball program, in our summer sports camp, and in our King's Kidz children's ministry. 

Kelly, her husband, and their three children live in Mantua. She loves spending quality time with her family, is an avid reader, and enjoys watching her kids participate in youth sports.

You can e-mail Kelly at

Sara Mulcahy is one of our Pre-K teachers, serving at My First School each day of the school week. She enjoys working with preschoolers because they are full of imagination and excited to learn new things. Sara has been on staff at My First School since 2008.

Sara lives in Aurora Shores with her husband, Mike, and their three sons. In her spare time, Sara likes to read and put her creativity to use through crafting.

You can contact Sara by e-mailing her at


Miranda Krzeminski is one of our Pre-K teachers and is thrilled to be teaching at My First School. Miranda has a bachelors degree from Ohio University in Early Childhood Education and has previously taught both 2nd grade and Kindergarten.  Miranda lives to watch the excitement on a child's face as they explore something new and the pride in their eyes when they master a task by themselves for the first time! Miranda strives to always provide a fun, safe, warm, loving classroom in which all children are inspired to learn, grow, and develop a life-long love of learning!
Miranda lives in Twinsburg with her husband and 4 children, two of which attend My First School.  She loves yoga, the beach, and spending time with her family going on adventures and exploring the outdoors.  

You can e-mail Miranda at


Shelli Fergis is one of our Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3’s and 4’s teacher and Tuesday & Thursday 2's & 3's teacher.  Shelli loves working with preschoolers because of their genuine honesty and enthusiasm for the little things.  She has a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Southern Polytechnic State University.

Shelli lives in Mantua with her husband and 4 children.  She loves reading, spending time with her family, driving, and mowing the lawn.

You can contact Shelli by emailing her at

Melody Puleo is one our 2's & 3's teachers. Melody and her husband, Larry, live in Streetsboro with their two children. Melody loves to volunteer at her kids' schools. She is very excited to be a part of My First School, where both of her children attended. 

You can contact Melody by e-mailing her at

Sharon Marquis is our treasurer. She handles payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. If you have a question about finances, Sharon is the "go to" person.

Sharon lives in Twinsburg with her granddaughter. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

You can contact Sharon by e-mailing her at


Crystal Hatfield is our Communications Specialist. Crystal lives in Garrettsville with her husband, Jeff, and their five children. Crystal and her family have been active members of Cornerstone Church since 2001. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communication at Ohio University in 1998. Crystal enjoys cooking, coaching Upward sports, camping, and cycling.

You can contact Crystal by e-mailing her at


Kate Hankinson is an office aide and an aide in the 2's and 3's class. Kate and her husband recently moved to Mantua with their four children. Kate loves working with children because of the love they show one another. Kate keeps busy on the weekends with sports and is active in her local church.


Our Family Pastor, Matthew Russell and his wife Kelsey, joined our staff in November 2016, having spent the last 4 years in Louisville studying at Southern Seminary.  Matthew is a graduate of the local Solon City Schools and Boyce College at Southern in Louisville, KY. Matthew received both his Bachelors at Boyce College and His Master of Divinity at Southern in Biblical and Theological Studies. 

Prior to coming on staff, he lived in Louisville with his wife Kelsey, working on staff at Faith Community Church, as their Office Administrator.   

Pastor Matthew enjoys relaxing evenings at home with family, his pets, reading novels, going on walks (especially in the MetroParks), writing, and working outside with his hands.

You can e-mail Pastor Matthew at

Julie Kaiser is our Assistant Director and Lead Pre-K teacher. She believes that children are a great blessing from God and should be treasured. Julie has been on staff at My First School since 2011 and is nearing the completion of her CDA.

Julie lives in Garrettsville with her husband and their three children. In her spare time, Julie works on her family's farm and is very active in her church.

You can contact Julie by e-mailing her at 

Janet Usher is one of our Pre-K teachers, teaching at My First School. She is very excited to watch her children learn and grow this school year. Janet has earned her teaching degree from Kent State University and served as a local elementary school teacher for 31 years. She has been teaching Pre-K at My First School since 2013, but has previously served as our music teacher.

Janet lives in Mantua with her husband, David. They have two grown children and five grandchildren and one great grandchild. In her free time, she enjoys reading, canning fruits & vegetables, and spending time with her family.

You can contact Janet by e-mailing her at


Christine Walton is one of our Monday through Friday 3's and 4's teacher. Christine loves watching a child's face light up when he or she is exploring something new. She has worked with children ranging from 6 weeks to 12 years old in her 8 years of preschool experience. She has a BS in early childhood education from Bowling Green State University and has also worked for 1.5 years as an assistant director.

Mrs. Walton lives in Ravenna with her husband, daughter and son. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crafting, and gardening.

You can contact Christine by e-mailing her at

Christie DeToro is one of our Pre-K teachers. Christie lives in Streetsboro with her husband and three children. She studied at Kent State University. Christie loves teaching children the truth's of God's Word and is excited to be a part of our wonderful Christian pre-school. Christie enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and volunteering at her children's schools.

You can contact Christie by e-mailing her at

Ginger Jaehn is our Monday - Friday 2's & 3's teacher, previously she served as an aide in that classroom. She loves working with preschoolers because she sees God at work in their little faces. If only everyone could possess this "faith like a child." Ginger has been on staff  at My First School since 2009.

Ginger lives in Mantua with her husband, Steve, and their two children. She enjoys woodworking, reading, and crocheting.

You can contact Ginger by e-mailing her at


Kristina Bainey is an aide in our 2's and 3's class. Mrs. Bainey lives in Mantua with her husband, Walt, and their three children. They keep busy by coaching their children's sports teams. 



Bernice Usher is an aide in one of our Pre-K classes. Bernice and her husband, Randy, live in Mantua. On her days off, Bernice enjoys taking care of her new grandbaby and coaching track and field. 


Jane Hill teaches our music and library classes. Jane previously taught in the Windham school district for many years. Jane and her husband, Marty, live in Garrettsville and keep busy taking care of their family farm.


Rachel Riegel is our office aide and also substitute teaches anywhere needed. She and her husband, Josh, live in Streetsboro. Rachel and Josh are avid hikers and love traveling to visit family. 

Our Lead Pastor, Drew Carroll, joined our staff in September 2005 as our Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Assimilation, quickly becoming our Associate Pastor, and then becoming our Pastor in 2009. Drew has also served on the My First School Board since 2008, serving as the Chair of the Board for five years. Drew is graduate of the local Aurora School District (where he met his wife, Megan, in the sixth grade at Harmon Middle School!) and Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH (majoring in Pre-Seminary Bible). He is also actively pursuing a Master of Divinity Degree, studying via correspondence at Southern Seminary.

Prior to coming on staff, he was a pastoral intern at his home church (Faith Baptist Church in Streetsboro, OH) and owned a small pressure washing business. 

Pastor Drew enjoys sports, gardening, reading, playing guitar, watching movies, fountain pens, and his family, including his three children.

Pastor Drew serves as the chair of the My First School Preschool Board.

You can e-mail Pastor Drew at