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 is an avid reader, and enjoys watching her kids participate in youth sports, swimming and camping.

You can e-mail Kelly at


Shelli Fergis is one of our Monday-Friday 3’s and 4’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. They recently opened their home to a foster child and find it a rewarding experience.

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 and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

You can contact Sharon by e-mailing her at


Crystal Hatfield is our Communication 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 Pre-K 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, camping and is active in her local church.


Julie Chamberlain is a Pre-K teacher. Julie lives in Streetsboro with her husband, Drew, and their two daughters. In her spare time Julie and her family enjoy camping, traveling and Ohio State football!


Amy Simpson is and office aide and substitute teacher here at My First School. Amy and her husband, CJ, live in Streetsboro with their three children. Amy enjoys youth sports, traveling and cooking with her kids.


Jen Fincham helps out in the office and substitute teaches. Jen and her husband live in Streetsboro with their three children. Jen loves to watch her kids play soccer and basketball. She also enjoys traveling abroad and visiting historic sites.


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 and Kelsey and their daughter enjoy going on walks (especially in the MetroParks), reading novels, writing, gardening 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.

Julie lives in Garrettsville with her husband, Joe. They have three grown children all currently attending different colleges. In her spare time, Julie volunteers with 4-H, and enjoys working with horses on their family’s farm.

You can contact Julie by e-mailing her at 

Janet Usher is our Morning Munchkins teacher! Janet has earned her teaching degree from Kent State University and served as a local elementary school teacher for 31 years. She has taught at My First School since 2013, and 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. 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. They have two grown children and one new grandson.


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.

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 holds a Master of Divinity Degree from 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