ClearView Prep Preschool

Meet Our Staff

Office Staff

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Cindy Cornelius – Director

Cindy graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in Early Elementary Education.  Cindy enjoys interacting with children and helping them grow academically, emotionally and spiritually.  

Cindy grew up in the Hermitage area.  After graduating from WKU with a degree in Early Elementary Education, she then taught kindergarten in TN and TX.  Cindy and her husband, Ryan, were married in 1997, moved to Austin, TX, from 2001-2005 and now resides in Franklin with her family and have two (adopted) children Pearce and Allie.  Pearce and Allie were both in CCC, so Cindy has experienced CCC as a parent, substitute teacher, teacher and currently as assistant director.  The Cornelius family has been members of Clearview since 2006.

Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and watching Pearce and Allie play ball.

Emily Butler – Assistant Director
Jennifer Lein – Finance Assistant

Jennifer is from Brentwood, TN, and moved to Franklin in 1995.  The Lein family has been attending ClearView since 2006. She and her husband have four children Jeremy, Samantha, Adrianna and William.

Jennifer started out subbing for CCC and then came on board full time as our amazing floater teacher.  She, also, serves as our extended care coordinator and financial assistant.

She enjoys attending her kid’s activities and doing things outdoors such as hiking and walking.

Allie Spengler – Floater

Allie grew up here in Franklin, TN and recently moved back after living in New York City for the past 2 years. She graduated from Western Carolina University where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in dance. Allie has been working with children most of her life and is so excited to be at CCC! In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new coffee shops, and spending time outside.

Babies

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Marissa Hromadka

Marissa moved to Franklin from Houston, TX in 2015 and feels very blessed to live in such a beautiful place with such kind hearted people.

She attended Texas A&M University earning a B.A. in Psychology. After college she worked for the Texas A&M University Child Development Center as a lead in the three year old class. Marissa & her husband moved to Dallas for a year and after returning to Houston she taught the threes for Humble ISDs Early Head Start program.

The Hromadkas have been blessed with two beautiful children (Bella and Luke) and she felt God calling her to teach in a Christian preschool setting. This allowed her to be with her children and strengthen their love for learning about the Lord. CCC reminded her so much of the school she loved so much, but had to leave to relocate. She immediately knew that ClearView was the right place for her.  She feels blessed to have a spot on staff with the infants where she can continue doing what she loves.

Kelly Gamble

Kelly is from Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2001.  She married her high school sweetheart, Will on December 1, 2001.  After marrying, they have lived in Atlanta, Charlotte, and now Franklin.  They have 2 children, Alexy and Trey.  

Kelly’s has been at CCC, since 2018.  She has been a Sunday school teacher for 2-year old’s to high schoolers.  She is also on staff at ClearView as the Paid Childcare Coordinator.  As part of the preschool team at ClearView she helps in many of the ClearView/CCC preschool activities such as Playcation.  Both of Kelly’s children attended Christian preschool so she knows the importance of teaching kids Bible stories and songs at an early age.  She loves seeing the children singing the songs they have learned and knowing Bible stories they have learned at preschool and church.

Christy Shurden

Christy has been teaching at CCC since 2014. She grew up in a small town in South Mississippi and moved to Franklin in 2010. Christy married her husband, Nate, in 2001. They have four children: Rosalyn, Katie, Knox and Luke. 

Christy’s had lots of experience working with not only with her own children but has kept and continues to keep other kids in her home.  Christy enjoys watching her kids play soccer and baseball, cooking, and going to the beach. Her husband is a pastor in a local church so she is active in church life and Bible studies and is also the nursery coordinator.

1 Year Olds

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Tracy Peterson

Tracy began teaching at CCC in 1995 and has been teaching preschool for over 30 years.  She lives in Franklin and is married to Kyle.

They have two daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah, and three grandchildren whom all attend CCC.  She loves teaching preschool, baseball (especially Vanderbilt baseball), traveling and spending time with family.

Neeka Blankenship

Neeka Blankenship lives in Franklin, TN along with her husband Kevin and their son Kevin Chase. Neeka teaches in our MOPs program and, also, is a Sunday school teacher in our Kindergarten class where she and her husband have taught since 2008. Her son is also a junior teacher in the class. Neeka is excited to be part of the CCC team.

Barbara Harville

Barbara Harville has had the joy and privilege of being a teacher at CCC since 2004, two years of those as a substitute.  She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma State University and was involved in some area of preschool/children’s ministry many years before teaching at CCC. She has taught in the Frog’s Class since 2015, her favorite age group of all.

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Barbara and her husband, Kent, and daughter, Allison, picked up their roots from Oklahoma in 2002 and moved to Franklin, joining ClearView within a couple months. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.

At ClearView, Barbara also enjoys teaching 1st through 4th grade Sunday school at the 8:15 hour, and has had the joy of teaching some of the children she taught previously at CCC.

Joy Duffy

Joy Duffy is new to the Nashville area, but not new to classrooms, young people, and teaching.  She graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, and spent several years teaching all ages as a substitute teacher in Orange County.  Joy and her husband Matt were married in 2003, and ran a very busy construction company for 15 years.  They have 3 children, who were homeschooled until their move to Williamson County. 

Outside of her home classroom, Joy also worked with all ages as lay staff at their home church in Huntington Beach for many years, from volunteering in the nursery and AWANA cubbies to mentoring students in the College Ministry.  The Duffy family moved to Franklin, Tennessee in June of 2019 from southern California, and all are loving life here.  When not in the classroom, “mommy”-ing, or keeping the house running smoothly, Joy loves pursuing creative hobbies, but always makes time for her passion for books.  Joy is excited to be a part of the CCC staff and invest in the lives of the children in her community. 

2 Year Olds

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Hannah Browning

Hannah is originally from Michigan but spent the first 6 years of married life in Los Angeles where she was the early childhood ministry director at her church. The Brownings moved to Franklin in 2015 and fell in love with the community here. She loves to sing and play guitar with little ones and has been a preschool ministry volunteer at Clearview for several years. Her two daughters also attend CCC. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading, drinking coffee, and socializing with other preschool moms.

Barbara Reed

A Michigan native, Barbara Reed moved to Franklin, TN in 1989. Her husband, Alan was transferred in his job as a Saturn Industrial Engineer. They started attending ClearView Baptist Church shortly after they moved.

Barbara graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Education (chemistry and mathematics). She worked for Chrysler Corporation for nine years as a Materials Engineer. She enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom while her children were preschoolers, and started teaching at ClearView Children’s Center when her youngest went to kindergarten.

Barbara has been teaching at CCC since 1995. She also loves teaching preschoolers in Sunday school. She loves Jesus and considers it a joy and privilege to teach children about God, Jesus, and the Bible. It is her ministry!

Barbara & Alan have 2 grown children & 6 grandchildren.  Barbara loves to read & grow Iris.

3 Year Olds

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Pat Davis

Along with her husband, Phil, Pat Davis moved from Memphis to Franklin in 1993. After a 20-year career as a Medical Secretary, Pat started a second career as a preschool teacher here at CCC. This is her 20th year. She enjoys ministering to children and parents.

Pat and Phil are members of ClearView Baptist Church. They have one daughter, who lives in Vero Beach Florida, along with their granddaughter. Their grandson lives in Franklin. When she isn’t teaching, Pat enjoys gardening, reading, and traveling.

Nikki King

Nikki is the mother to four precious children. Nikki graduated from New Orleans Theological Seminary with a degree in Christian Education. She has served as children’s minister and preschool minister, as well as a preschool teacher and director in the state of Mississippi and Louisiana.  She has also been a piano teacher and a children’s choir director for many years.  This is her first year teaching at CCC.  She enjoys sewing and embroidery and has her own boutique business where she creates and designs personalized shirts and clothing for children and adults.  She also enjoys singing in the choir and with her children.

Lauren Kallemeyn
Susan Harwell

4 Year Olds

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Christy Brittain

Christy and her husband Tom moved to Franklin in the fall of 2015.  They have 3 boys, William, Andrew, and Benjamin.  She holds a B.S. and a Masters of Education from James Madison University.  Christy began teaching in the field of Early Childhood Special Education in Virginia in 2000.  While her boys were young, she led the 4 year old class at Westminster Presbyterian in Waynesboro, Virginia.  As her family moved from Virginia, to Texas, and now Tennessee, she has continued to remain close to children and education through Sunday School, VBS, substitute teaching, leading art classes and hosting Backyard Kids Club here at ClearView.  She is very excited to be a part of CCC!

Lauren Echols

Lauren moved to Franklin from Plano, TX at the end of 2018 with her husband Jordan and two children, Brooke and Elliot.  She graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2004 where she met Jordan and they married in 2005.

Lauren served at her church in Texas in the preschool ministry and coordinated the childcare for their International Friends ministry.  She served in kids choir and VBS for several years.  Lauren continues to serve in the preschool ministry at her current church in Franklin.

Lauren has always been drawn to teaching at a Christian preschool and is very excited to join CCC and its amazing team.

Pre-K and T-K

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Patti Connally

Patti Connally, her husband, and two children have been members of ClearView Baptist Church since 1999. Both her daughter and son graduated from CCC.  Patti has taught in the CCC program since September 2005, teaching all but one of those years in the pre-K classroom. Before becoming a CCC teacher, Patti taught early childhood special education in the public school system for eight years. She has both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Special Education and works in the ministry for special needs students at ClearView on Sunday mornings.  She also participates in Community Bible Study at ClearView on Fridays, including teaching the four year old class during their Bible study time.

Teaching preschoolers is Patti’s passion and spiritual gift. It is a joy to spend each Tuesday and Thursday working with these precious students and ministering to their families!  She loves seeing a child’s face light up with excitement when a new skill is learned and takes the responsibility of preparing her students for kindergarten very seriously.  The Bees class is always buzzing with fun activities, love, and laughter!

Marla Hastings
Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth taught kindergarten for seven years and has been teaching Transitional Kindergarten at CCC since 2016, and is always looking for exciting ways to make learning engaging and meaningful for her students. This year, while getting to travel some and work with other teachers. Elizabeth is also author of the blog, “Kickin’ it in Kindergarten,” where she loves connecting with other teachers. She loves spending time with her husband, Jon, and their daughter, Amelia and son, Pierceson! 

Kristen Lovan

I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and Jackson, Mississippi. Attended the University of Mississippi for undergraduate and then earned my Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Memphis. I have been married to my husband Mark since 1991. We moved to the Thompson’s Station area in 1996 from Denver.

In 1999, our son Will was born. We now live on 5 acres in the Bethesda community along with 4 dogs and 2 goats.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and animals. I also enjoy cooking, gardening and reading.

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