Central United Methodist Church of Spartanburg has hired Moira Scheel as the interim director of its Central Preschool For The Arts, scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.
“We are extremely pleased to have hired Moira to get our preschool up and running,” the Rev. Tom Norrell said. “We have been researching and planning to have a preschool for the past few months and at this point of development decided that we needed expert guidance. Moira has extensive experience with running a preschool in Spartanburg and comes highly recommended. In the coming weeks and months, the community should start to hear the specifics of our goal to open a preschool for newborns to four-year-olds. What will set us apart from just being a faith-based preschool will be a focus on the arts, such as music and the visual arts.”
For nine years, Scheel was the director for Spartanburg’s First Presbyterian Church’s Weekday School for infants through 4-year-olds. In that position, she supervised a staff of 25, enhanced curriculum, managed the budget, led fundraising efforts, developed promotions and awareness, and was the public face of the preschool. Prior to being the director, she was a preschool teacher at the faith-based school for two years. Also, she was a teacher and reading specialist in the Greenville school system for 11 years.
Scheel has a bachelor’s degree in art history (graduated magna cum laude) from the University of Georgia in Athens and a master’s degree in elementary education from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
Her community involvement includes volunteer tutoring at Mary H. Wright Elementary school, a board member with Carolina Football Club Soccer Club, past PTSO President at McCracken Middle School, PTO Board member at Spartanburg High School, past Vacation Bible School Chair at Church of the Advent, and a board member with Boy Scout Troop One in Spartanburg.
“I am so excited about this opportunity to work with Central Methodist Church” Scheel said. “I was not looking for a full-time and long-term position, but I was hoping to find a position to use both my art degree and my early education experience in a faith setting. I pretty much hit the jackpot with Central. My job is to get the school up and running and to eventually help find someone who can direct and manage it once it is established. After meeting with the preschool committee and church leaders, I have a great feeling about this job. I am so looking forward to bringing their vision to life -- which is a faith-based preschool that puts the arts as a high priority in the curriculum. I predict this preschool will be in high demand by young parents looking to give their children a head start in school and the arts. The church has a wonderful reputation for community involvement, kind people, and high standards.”
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