ELC Mission and Staff

ELC Mission and Staff

Mission Statement
The mission of St. Francis Xavier Early Learning Center is to provide a high quality, age-appropriate curriculum to each child in a child-centered, Catholic environment. The curriculum provided by each teacher will foster the education of the whole child (i.e., spiritual, cognitive, physical, social-emotion). Developmentally appropriate activities will provide children with the opportunity to learn from one-on-one time with the teacher and through “hands on” activities.

Our Early Learning Center meets or exceeds all teacher-to-child ratio standards set by the Alabama Department of Human Resources, allowing each child to receive the individual attention which he or she needs.

We would love to share with you more about our educational philosophy and to answer any questions you might have. Please call us at (205) 879-5596 or email preschool@sfxbirmingham.com or through the Contact page, and may God bless you and your family! 

Staff Biographies

Meghan Hendrick is the director of the St. Francis Xavier Early Learning Center. Prior to her work as the SFX ELC director, Meghan worked for ten years as a teacher and administrator at Canterbury Preschool and Child Development Center. She and her family are long-time members of the parish and her sons attend St. Francis Xavier School.

Windy Beals is the ELC Administrative Assistant and has worked at St. Francis Xavier since 2010. Her children attend St. Francis Xavier School. She and her husband are parishioners at SFX Church.

Toddler Class
Mrs. J, teacher, has lived in Birmingham, Alabama all her life. She has taught the Toddler Class at SFX since 2012.  She received her BS in Elementary Education from UAB. She is married and has 2 children. Her hobbies include tennis, violin, and spending time with her family. She and her family are members of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church.

Cesa James, aide, is an alumna of SFX School.  Before becoming the aide in the Toddler Classroom, she worked as a sub for the Early Learning Center.  Two of her children are graduates of the ELC and now attend SFX School and one of her sons currently attends the ELC.  She and her family are long time parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.  

2K Classes
Beth Bradford, teacher, is a graduate of UAB, holding a Bachelor's degree in History and a Master's degree in Education.  She lives in Odenville with her husband and dog, Spenser.  Her previous teaching experience includes first and third grades as well as 4K. She and her husband are parishioners at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Leeds where she teaches 5th grade PSR. 

Sarah Maruszak, teacher, was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama where she attended Catholic school. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at The University of Mississippi.  After graduating, she went on to be a long term substitute for both third grade and kindergarten at St. Richard Catholic in Jackson, MS.  She then got married and moved to Florida with her husband where she taught Kindergarten and served as lead teacher for 5K for two years. Mrs. Sarah has been in Birmingham since 2014 with her husband and son. 

Tracey Layton Wilson, aide, has worked in many areas of the St. Francis Xavier ELC. This year she is working as the 2K aide. She loves working with all the children and her fellow teachers. Her son is a graduate of the Early Learning Center and her daughter currently attends the ELC.  She and her family are parishioners at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Leeds.

3K Classes
Katie Bruno, teacher, has been a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church since birth.  She attended Auburn University and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. After beginning her teaching career at Our Lady of Fatima, she taught first grade at Saint Rose Academy for 4 years. She and her husband have two sons who attend St. Francis Xavier School and a daughter who attends Cherokee Bend.   

Krista Fine, teacher, has a bachelor’s degree from Maryville College.  Before joining the ELC staff, she taught 4K at St. Barnabas Catholic School.  Her daughter attends Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School.

Amy DeMarco, aide, is from Oklahoma. She has been a stay at home mom for 6 years. She enjoys working with children and assisting in the 3K classes  She and her husband are members of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

4K Classes
Lesli Nanos, teacher, is a 4K teacher at St. Francis Xavier. She has been teaching at SFX for 22 years and is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She is married and has one daughter.  She and her family are members of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.  

Susan Thomas, teacher, is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Family and Child Development.  She received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of New Orleans.  She and her husband have been married 25 years and have two boys.  She is a member at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Deborah Myers grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where her father was stationed as a Naval Officer. She has a CDA and years of experience teaching in Christian schools and preschools. She taught preschool and elementary Spanish in Florida before moving to Alabama.  She is married and has 5 children.  She also works as the Spanish teacher for the St. Francis Xavier Elementary School.                                                               

Call (205) 879-5596 or email through our contact page.

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