Brandon Methodist Kindergarten Team
Mrs. Julie Parker and her husband, Donny, moved to Brandon 18 years ago and enjoy life with their three children, Benton, Anna-Scott, and Lila. Before Mrs. Julie started teaching at BMK in 2008, she was a proud BMK parent. At BMK, she has taught 3 year old preschool and served as assistant director before being named director in 2020. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Mississippi State University. Mrs. Julie finds joy in watching children have fun while they learn. Her favorite part of the BMK day is the carpool chats she has with students.
Mrs. Leigh is a long-time resident of Brandon. She has been married to Noel Sharp for 18 years and they have two children- Sophie and Brady, who both attended preschool and kindergarten at BMK and now attend Brandon Schools. Mrs. Leigh holds a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from the University of West Alabama. She is a former Rankin County School district elementary school teacher, and this is her 6th year at BMK. She moved into the Assistant Director position in 2020 after teaching PreK-3 and PreK-4. BMK holds a special place in Mrs. Leigh’s heart and she is blessed to be a part of the best preschool around!
Dee Dee Stowers
Mrs. Ellie started teaching kindergarten at BMK in 2008. She was born and raised in Minnesota. She moved to Brandon in 1991. Ellie loves living in the south with her husband, John. They have three daughters: Jennifer, Angela, and Olivia. Ellie earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Winona State University. She taught at Brandon Elementary School before joining the staff at BMK. Ellie teaches the 5 year old kindergarten class where exciting things are always happening. She believes nothing is more rewarding than when a child reads for the first time! In her spare time, Ellie burns up the roads between Brandon, Birmingham and Nashville to visit her precious grandsons, Owen and Liam. The Lord has blessed her with a wonderful life!
Mrs. Dee Dee has lived in Rankin County almost all of her life. She and her husband have three boys, Josh, John and Matt. Dee Dee and her family are members of Brandon Presbyterian Church. The Stowers have been blessed to have BMK as a very special part of their family since 1999. She enjoys watching children as they grow academically and spiritually. She feels there is nothing more special than seeing a child's eyes twinkle with delight as they hear about God's love for them.
Mrs. Chiali grew up in Clinton, Mississippi and graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in Business Administration. She is married to Chris and they have 4 children- Jolie, James, Owen and Emma- who all attended BMK! She believes learning should be fun and enjoys teaching children about God’s love.
Mrs. Jennifer and her husband, Jeff, have lived in Brandon for 24 years with their three children, Connor, John Clarke, and Caroline. While they are originally from south Mississippi, Brandon is now their forever home. All three of their children are BMK alumni and they are so proud of the amazing foundation they received during their time there. She was so impressed with their success at BMK, that she chose to be a part of this wonderful team as a teacher. This is her 14th year as a 4 year old teacher and she absolutely loves the laughter, stories, hugs, and most of all, the light bulb moments from teaching such amazing students!!
Mrs. Sherry is married to Ted and they have two amazing children, Mary Elizabeth and Michael. Mrs. Sherry received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Belhaven University and has been teaching four year old pre-k at BMK since 2014. She loves to hear the laughter of all the children and the stories they love to tell. When Mrs. Sherry isn’t at school, you can usually find her at her farm taking care of her horses, cows, donkeys, cats, chickens and peacocks. She loves animals as much as she loves teaching children.
Mrs. Penny was born and raised in Brookhaven, MS. She moved to Brandon in 1996 and married Joe Watson. They have one son, Reeve, who attends Mississippi State University. She has been loving on three year old preschoolers at BMK since 2005. Her favorite thing about teaching is the big hug she gets from each student every morning.
Mrs. Cecile has lived in Brandon since 1996. She has been married for 30 years. Her son, Wilson and his wife Laura, live in California and they have one son named Murry. Her son, David, lives and works in Brandon. Her daughter, Eli, is studying Elementary Education at MSU.
Mrs. Cecile graduated from Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC with a BS in Elementary Education. Cecile has been teaching at BMK for 17 years. She and her husband, Nat, are members at Brandon First Presbyterian Church and enjoys being very active there.
Mr. Matthew grew up in Meridian and attended Mississippi State University where he received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Wildlife Biology. He developed a love for leading worship in high school and college and currently serves on staff at Brandon FUMC as the Modern Service Worship Leader. Matthew loves sharing his passion for music with our BMK students! Mr. Matthew and his wife recently moved back to Brandon from Atlanta Georgia. His wife Victoria teaches 1st Grade at Rouse Elementary in Brandon. They are both involved with Brandon FUMC’s student ministry. When not at work you can find Mr. Matthew spending time with his family, in his garage working on his motorcycles, or playing his banjo. The Ivey’s have a zoo at their house including two boxer dogs, an African grey parrot, and an assortment of geckos! After all, All God’s Critters Have a Place in the Choir!