Staff & Center


Staff & Center


janel 002Janel Darrin, Director, 330-856-2360

Janel Darrin serves as the Director at HUM Christian Preschool.  She loves working with the wonderful children (and their families) who attend the preschool and seeing the growth, both academic and spiritual, that takes place within each child during the school year.  Janel considers herself very blessed by God to have the opportunity to work with the sweet children, their families and the fabulous staff at HUM.

Previously, Janel has been a preschool teacher, a substitute teacher, taught private voice and piano lessons and was the music teacher for Arts Excel. She holds a B.A. in Music/Theatre from Susquehanna University in PA and a Master s Degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Akron where she also took classes in education.  In addition to her preschool duties, Janel also coordinates the Children s Ministries at HUM.

Janel is very thankful for the gift of her awesome family  – her husband, Matthew, and their four great kids.

medved Lisa Medved, Four Year Old Teacher

Hello! My name is Mrs. Lisa Medved and I teach Pre-Kindergarten. I have been a 4 year old teacher with HUMCP since 2008.  I love teaching this age group and watching their little minds grow and mature.  I consider myself blessed to teach these precious little ones, not only early academics, but also the love of Jesus. It is truly a gift to be able to come to school each day with a faith filled staff who not only love and support each other but also each family and child that walks through our doors.  My heart belongs to this school.

I graduated from Youngstown State University in 1986 and received an Early Childhood Development Associate in 2008.  I have been happily married to my High School Sweetheart since 1986.  We have 3 children.  Our oldest son Jared is married with 3 beautiful children, and our daughter, Alexa, is currently engaged.  They both live in the Cleveland area.  Our youngest son Cole is still at home and in High School.

Carolyn Colley, Three Year Old Teacher

Carolyn graduated from Howland High School in 2008, and attended YSU for two semesters as a vocal performance student. From May of 2013 to July of 2014 she traveled the country with the volunteer performance group called Re-Creation. She has been going to the Howland United Methodist Church since 1995, so she told us that it is an honor to now be able to work here at the preschool. My job is extra special because I get to be in all the classrooms throughout the day, so I get to know each child and see the amazing things the wonderful teachers here do!

Karen FranceSenora Francia (aka Mrs. Karen France), 5yr old Spanish Teacher,

Karen can finally combine her love for children and Spanish by teaching here at HUM Christian Preschool this year.  Graduating “way back when” from Westminster College, she has degrees in Elementary Education and Spanish. With a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University, she  taught many grades before settling into the kindergarten position at Howland Schools for “ages”.  Mrs. France is retired to do what God is leading her to do.  That also includes volunteering with Mobile Meals and with God’s animal creatures at the Animal Welfare League.
Husband Rick, who retired from Howland Schools, is currently teaching part time in Badger Schools.  Rick and Karen just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary!   With grown children in Florida and North Carolina, Karen and Rick add those locations to their list of travels which recently included Isle Royale in Lake Superior, MI and Costa Rica.

Rebecca Baker, Preschool Teacher

Rebekah grew up in the small town of Cambridge Springs, PA. She is married to her high school sweetheart and graduated with an associates degree in business from Edinboro University that same year. They moved to Cortland for her husbands job about a year after being married. She has two boys, who have both gone to HUM preschool!  She has always loved being around kids and is excited to be part of HUM Preschool Staff.

Grace Barrish, Preschool Aid

Sarah Wineland,  Preschool Aid

All teachers are certified in CPR, First Aid, Child Abuse Recognition, and Communicable Disease. For your child’s safety, staff members routinely re-certify in courses in these areas. Each year, all teachers take continuing education in Early Childhood classes offered by the state of OH and use developmentally appropriate learning methods.

janel 004Debbie Macino

HUM Church Secretary



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