Meet Our Leadership
Whitney YamadaPreschool Director
Whitney left her corporate cubicle and joined First Methodist Carrollton in 2014 working for the church nursery. She instantly knew this was where she was meant to be! The following year, in 2015, she joined the Preschool team as a classroom teacher. She fell in love playing with the children so creating a playful learning environment that would meet the development needs of all the precious children became her passion!
Whitney has served as the Preschool Director since 2017. She is most passionate about creating lasting bonds with every First Methodist Preschool family and finding new ways for leading the preschool teachers and staff to develop loving and nurturing classroom environments through educational play. Her daily goal is for every teacher, staff, student and parent to leave the preschool doors with a new confidence and joy!
Whitney graduated in 2011 with a degree in psychology and behavioral analysis from the University of North Texas. When she is not at the preschool, she enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband, Mike, and three beautiful daughters, Rowan, Endy, and Diem, who have all attended FMP at different times!
Lova VillarrealAssistant Preschool Director
Lova Villarreal, better known as “Ms. Lova”, can be seen almost every day of the week somewhere on the First Methodist Carrollton campus! Ms. Lova has been a shining light and part of the First Methodist Preschool team since 2006. She has grown in her role over the years starting out as the teaching assistant and now currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Preschool and the Nursery Director of First Methodist Carrollton.
Ms. Lova always finds new ways to bless the First Methodist Carrollton Preschool and Church through combining her gift for nurturing children and her skill in creating opportunities for families to thrive! She holds a Child Development Associate and a Texas Director’s Certificate. The only thing Ms. Lova enjoys more than providing a safe, loving, and nurturing environment for children to learn about God’s love is making memories with her husband Eddie and daughter Marisa!
Connie WebProgram Assistant
After working several years in public schools and child care programs, Connie joined First Methodist Preschool in 2014 as a preschool teacher. She loves hearing children say “Read it again!” when she turns the last page of a new book! Connie has now transitioned into our Program Assistant where she provides nutritious meal options and yummy snacks! Connie is an active member of First Methodist Carrollton. She lives in Lewisville with her husband Michael, and 2 adult children, Stephen and Annabeth.