Staff

Stacey Byrd
Director

Sybil Sellers

Sybil Sellers
Assistant Director

Sybil is originally from Eden, NC and moved to Wake County 19 years ago. She studied Business Administration at Rockingham Community College and has worked as an Executive Assistant for 25 years. Sybil and her husband, Mark, live in Apex along with their son, daughter, and toy schnauzer. She attends Cary First Baptist Church and both of her children attended FBC Weekday Preschool. Sybil has enjoyed serving the families, children, and staff of FBC Weekday Preschool since 2016.
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Jennifer Beck
Assistant Teacher
4 Day 4s

Jennifer is originally from Hudson, Ohio but has lived in North Carolina for the past 19 years. She graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Business and worked in Human Resources before starting a family. She and her husband have 4 children. Jennifer starting working at First Baptist Weekday Preschool in 2013.

Holly Greene
Lead Teacher – Transition Kindergarten, M-F

Holly grew up in Georgia where she graduated from University of West Georgia with a BS in Early Childhood Education. She has taught kindergarten and pre-k in both public and private schools for over 25 years. She and her husband David have three children and have lived in the Cary/Raleigh area for 24 years. Her favorite thing about teaching is engaging children in learning through creativity and music.
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Karen Hartrick
Lead Teacher
2 Day 2s, MW
Assistant Teacher
5 Day 3s, TTh

Karen was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. She and her husband, Tom, moved to Cary in 1992 where they raised their three children. Karen earned her BS degree in Recreational Therapy from East Carolina University. She has been on staff at First Baptist Weekday Preschool since 2004 and looks forward to each day she spends with the children.
Lisa Hickman

Lisa Hickman
Lead Teacher
5 Day 3s, M-F

Lisa moved to Cary, NC in 1990 from Long Island, NY. She attended Suffolk Community College. She has been married to Dave Hickman since 1981 and they have four daughters and also one beautiful granddaughter. Three of her four children attended First Baptist Weekday Preschool and her granddaughter currently attends. Lisa has worked at First Baptist Weekday Preschool since 1993.
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Genie Hughes
Lead Teacher
4 Day 4s, M-Th

Genie was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She earned her BA in elementary and special education from Marywood University. She taught both special and elementary children until relocating to North Carolina in 1995 with her family. She joined the staff at First Baptist Weekday Preschool in 1996. In addition to working with children, Genie likes to garden, spend time with her family and grandsons, do all sorts of crafts, and go to the beach as well as travel to other places.
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Starla McKnight
Lead Music Teacher

Starla is originally from Georgia but relocated to North Carolina in 2009. She attended Darton State College and graduated in 2008 with an AAS in Business Administration. She is married and has 3 boys of her own. She has worked with children since high school through church, piano lessons, private tutoring and volunteering at summer camps with United Way. She began taking piano lessons at age 7 and has taught piano since 2009. Starla joined the preschool in 2012 as the Music Teacher. She loves seeing the light in a child’s eyes when they sing their favorite song.
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Kelly Paussa
Assistant Teacher
5 Day 3s, MWF

Kelly is originally from New York but moved to Cary in 1989. She and her husband have 3 children who attended FBC Weekday Preschool. Kelly started working as a sub at the preschool but joined the staff in a permanent position as an an assistant with 3 year olds in 2004. She also enjoy teaching Jazzercise and going to her sons’ sporting events.
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Annie Perry
Lead Teacher
5 Day 4s, M-F

Annie grew up in the area and graduated from UNC-CH with a BA in Education. She taught for 10 years in Durham and Wake Counties but stopped when her children were born. She is married to Bill Perry and they have two teenage girls and one younger son. Annie has been working at First Baptist Weekday Preschool since 2004 and she loves the “light bulb” moments as well as working with emerging readers. She also enjoys “yardening”, reading a good book, scrapbooking, and a good cup of coffee.

Eileen Pugh
Assistant Teacher – 3 Day 3s, MWF

Eileen was born in California into a military family and moved every 2-3 years going from California to Arizona, back to California and then to Virginia. She attended high school in Virginia where she met her husband. She has an associates degree in business from Campbell College, and after several more moves, ended up in Raleigh, where both of her children were born. She taught preschool at First Baptist for many years while her children were in school, leaving 2004 to worked full time for an orthodontist in Cary while her children were in college. She continued to substitute at First Baptist when she could and decided to come back to preschool in 2017 to assist in one of our classrooms. She is happy to be back at First Baptist and enjoys working with both the children and staff.
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Carol Tate
Assistant Teacher
5 Day 4s, M-F

Carol attended the University of Florida and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She worked as a paralegal in Raleigh prior to having her children. She and her husband, Jeff, have two daughters. Carol is also the church librarian at FBC Cary. She enjoys reading, music, and travel.