Meet the Preschool Leadership
RACHEL SMYTHE, DIRECTOR
Hello! My name is Rachel Smythe, and I am excited to be the director at The Preschool at Point Washington. I previously worked in preschool in administration in the Atlanta area, but am so happy to have made the move to Santa Rosa Beach!
I was born and raised in Atlanta, and love spending time with my extended family and friends. I graduated from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, with a Bachelor's degree in marketing and management. During my time in college, I had the privilege of working at Berry’s Child Development Center, which sparked my love of working with children. Berry’s mission is to educate the head, heart, and hands of students, which continues to have a profound impact on my life today, as well as my educational philosophy. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education at Liberty University, to further develop my knowledge as an educational administrator.
I believe that each child is fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God, with his or her own special gifts, strengths, and abilities. My goal is to support teachers and families as we seek to provide a strong academic foundation for each child, while helping them navigate their budding social skills in a Christ Like manner. I hope to cultivate meaningful and open relationships with our families as we partner together for your child’s future success!
STEPHANIE SPARKMAN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Howdy! My name is Stephanie Sparkman and I am the assistant director for The Preschool at Point Washington. I would like to take some time to tell you a little bit about myself.
I was born and raised in Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Special Education. In Texas, I ran a non-profit that advocated for and supported individuals with Down syndrome. Later, I moved to Wyoming where I then taught early childhood special education. My husband, Allen and I now reside in Florida where we enjoy going to the beach and spending time with our Australian Shepherd, Beau Barkman.
I am looking forward to getting to know you and your families. I know that God has a plan and it is a good plan. I look forward to shining His light and providing the right start for your child’s early education.