The philosophy at Main Street Preschool is to nurture each child spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally, and developmentally. All children have their own rate and pattern of growth. Our hope is to help them develop habits and share experiences that will provide the best foundation possible for their future development. We therefore strive to provide quality learning in a happy and relaxed environment. As a Christian program, we seek to foster awareness of God’s love for us and emphasize our children’s special place in God’s world.
Students at Main Street Preschool students receive developmentally appropriate academic instruction and faith-based teaching through music, movement, and bible story readings. Ms. Kathy, our librarian and music teacher, will incorporate these faith-filled activities into her weekly lessons with the students. Because it is our mission to instill in children a love of learning, promoting literacy is a priority. Students receive library time and children are allowed to “check out” a book from our library on a weekly basis.
Many teachers incorporate a daily art activity with the children to enhance fine motor skills and weather permitting, the children go out to our playgrounds for some gross motor skills and free play.
Our preschool and kindergarten classes follow state-recommended, age appropriate guidelines and curriculum goals. Each child’s individual progress is tracked throughout the school year and regularly communicated to parents. To view or discuss the class specific curriculum guidelines and goals, please contact our office via phone or schedule a tour. Please call 770.938.1637 ext. 230 or email
This year, we have opened on limited capacity to insure the health and safety of our staff, families and children.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SAFETY:
All staff at Main Street Preschool are CPR certified and must complete a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education every year. Several staff members have early childhood or education degrees. All staff and substitute teachers must have a current background check.
Our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes are taught only by certified early childhood education teachers.
Vangie Rodenbeck, (Director): My name is Vangie Rodenbeck and I began as Director of Main Street Preschool in the summer of 2019. A minister by trade, I learned the finer arts of administration and equipping teachers during 15+ years of ministry to children. It thrills me to provide the materials, environment and support a good teacher needs to teach a child the love of learning. I am an Atlanta native and my family currently lives in Powder Springs. I have a B.S. in Christian Ministry and an M.A. in Contemporary Theology. I spent many years directing and training non-profit organization, especially in the area of special needs and diverse learning styles. I have teaching experience in ages from Pre-K to college. I am so happy to make Main Street my home!
Pamela Ross, (Pre-K Lead Teacher): I am any early childhood education teacher by both Calling and Profession. I love teaching young children and preparing, as well as guiding them on the path that leads to a lifetime love of learning. I have a Bachelors in Educational Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education, and I am currently pursuing a Masters degree in Mental and Emotional Wellness, emphasis in Christian Ministry. I am on a journey of discovery with my young students - they are my greatest teachers, along with the amazing staff I am blessed to work with.
Vicki Westbrook (Lead Teacher): Ms. Vicki’s first year teaching at Main Street Preschool was Fall 2018-2019 as this was the first year our school had a Kindergarten class. She has taught for over 30 years with experience in kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 4th grades. She served as a reading and math resource teacher, grade chair, and served on the Teacher Advisory Board. She has a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education in the state of Georgia. She loves being a teacher and is happy to be continuing her career teaching Kindergarten at Main Street!
Barbara Fortenberry (Assistant Teacher): Ms. Babs is a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Tucker. She has been working at Main Street for 11 years and has worked in every class from PDO to Pre-K. Her own children attended Main Street Preschool. Nothing brings her more joy than caring for and teaching God’s precious little ones.
MUSIC AND LIBRARY:
Kathy Ray (Music and Library Teacher): Ms. Kathy has a unique position at Main Street as she is a teacher and serves as Chair of the Preschool Board. She has been teaching at Main Street for six years. She has a bachelors in Music Education and Therapy and a Masters in Special Education with specifics in library studies. As a member of the First Baptist Church of Tucker, she is thankful the church has a ministry for the children and that she gets to be apart of teaching the children.