Our Staff

Experienced, passionate professional

experienced, passionate, knowledgeable preschool staff


Welcome to the Way Church Parent’s Day Out and Preschool.  I am so excited that you are considering our program as the place for your child to grow and learn. Great and exciting things are happening at our center and we invite you to experience them!

As an educator and a mother, I am aware how much every parent wants a caring and loving environment for their children, especially when it comes to childcare.  When we started the program in 2016, I worked hands-on in the classroom as well as directing the program.  I have my Director’s Certification and have training in early childhood education.  Understanding how the world of childcare and education is constantly evolving, I am always eager to learn something new to better myself, and ultimately, better the program.

Our staff works hard to make sure that your child is actively learning throughout the day.  We plan lessons to encourage and challenge your child to learn all that they can about the world around them.  Along with our staff, I look forward to working with all the parents on establishing positive relationships.  Trust, respect, and understanding are vital parts of these relationships.  When parents and caregivers are on the same page, everyone wins.

I encourage you to call, e-mail or stop by the preschool office to set up a tour of our classrooms if you are interested in learning more about us.  You are also welcome to call and ask any questions you may have.  We offer a variety of schedules to meet the needs our families and we look forward to having you become a part of our PDO & Preschool Family. 

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Our Professionals

Madi Courtney

Assistant Director

Hi, I’m Madi and I am from Denham Springs.  This is my second year with the program and as a new mom, I look forward to having my child in the program .

Jessica Pitts-schisler

Administrative Assistant

Hi, I’m Jessica and I’m from Ocean Springs, MS.  This is my first year as an employee but second year as a parent in the program. 

Joni Walsh

Infant Teacher

Hi my name is Joni and I’m from Denham Springs. It’s my second year here with the babies and I enjoy loving on them everyday.

Amber Obando

Toddler 1 Teacher

Hi! My name is Amber. I have worked at The Way PDO for three and a half years. I have taught ages 1,2, and 3-year-olds. I have 10 years of child care experience. I look forward getting to know you and your child.

Katy Matte

Toddler 2 Teacher

Hi!  My name is Katy.  I was a camp counselor at Judson Baptist Retreat Center for 6 summers and then became a Medical Coding Physician Educator.  I wanted to spend more time with my kiddos, so I  became a stay at home mom before coming to The Way.  I am a Sunday school teacher for 2-5th grade at Hebron Baptist Church.  I love sharing God’s word with little ones and am happy God gave me the opportunity to work at The Way PDO and I look forward to being your child’s teacher.

Nikki Russell

2 Year Olds Teacher

Hi!  My name is Nikki and I grew up in Columbia, MS.  I’m currently in college to become a Social Worker.  This is my second year teaching 2 year olds at The Way PDO & Preschool.  I have 7 years of childcare experience and I love teaching 2-year-olds because I get to help them learn so many new things!

Shantel Green

2 Year Olds Teacher Aide

Hi!My name is Shantel and I live in Walker, LA. This is my second year at the Way Church PDO and Preschool. I am also a bus driver for Livingston Parish, and just love kids. I can’t wait to get to know your child and help them grow this school year.

Debbie Rousselle

Pre-K 3 Teacher

Hi, my name is Debbie and I grew up in Baton Rouge.  This is my third year at The Way PDO & Preschool, teaching Pre-K 3.  I love this age and teaching them new things!

Mechelle Wilbanks

Pre-K 3 Teacher

Hi!  My name is Mechelle.  I grew up in Prairieville.  I attended Louisiana Tech, BRCC and MTC.  This is my third year teaching.  I love Pre-K 3, watching personalities develop and learn new and fun things.

Kim barber

Pre-K 4 Teacher

Hi!My name is Kimberly. I grew up in Baker, Louisiana. I graduated from Medical training College in 2012 earning my Medical Assistant diploma. This is my first year teaching Pre-K 4 at The Way Church PDO and Preschool, but have experience teaching different age groups, including infants. 

Katie Webb

Pre-K 4 Teacher

Hi, my name is Katie and I grew up in Zachary.  I have 2 children of my own, Riley and Kamren.  This is my first year at The Way and I am beyond excited to get to know the kids and make learning FUN.

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