Who We Are - Meet Our Preschool Staff

Midtown Lutheran Preschool, established in 2013, is a  ministry of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (www.redeemer.org), an ELCA congregation, on Peachtree and 4th in Midtown Atlanta.    

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Kate Elkins | Director

M.Ed. Early Childhood | B.A. Elementary Education

Kate Elkins comes to Midtown Lutheran Preschool with over 16 years of teaching and childcare experience.  Kate grew up in northwestern Connecticut and headed south to attend Furman University in Greenville, SC where she earned a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Early Childhood Education.  She has a wide variety of experience in education - preschool and elementary; charter and traditional public; single and mixed gender; and most recently mother to Jude.  She is a state-authorized trainer for early childhood care providers and a former member of the board of directors at Wesley International Academy charter school .

In 2013 Kate was hired to start up the preschool at Redeemer which has been Kate's church home since 2003.  She has been active with many groups including the youth and outreach boards and currently with the brass ensemble.  She met and married her husband, Jeff, here and they now raise their son in this community.  Kate's other interests include the outdoors, cooking, reading, yoga, travel, and the arts. The Elkins Family lives in the southeast Atlanta neighborhood of Grant Park.

Kate’s early childhood philosophy fully embraces the notion that it takes a village to raise a child and the importance of having nurturing, guiding people in the lives of children and families. Through her experience as a parent,  she has seen others love her son and give him pieces and gifts of themselves that she may not embody.  Families and preschools working together creates a balance in life for the child, family, and the community.  Kate is excited to become a part of your village in partnering with you to nurture and educate your child. Read more about Kate’s background on her LinkedIn profile: http://lnkd.in/VnpJKM

Monique Glafcke | Multiage Educator / English

Monique Glafcke grew up in Rockford, Illinois as the second of five children. She has  always enjoyed being around children and knew at a young age that giving children the love of learning was her passion.

Monique attended Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois. During her time at the university, she had many great experiences including a semester-long internship with the Walt Disney World College Program©, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. In 2007, she graduated with honors and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in literacy. Monique is a certified teacher in Illinois and North Carolina.

Monique taught first grade in Charlotte, North Carolina for 3 years. During this time, she began working part-time in a preschool, where she found her niche and developed a passion for working with preschool-aged children.  After teaching preschool for 4 years in Charlotte and Atlanta, She blossomed and grew as a person, as well as a preschool teacher. She  is a newlywed and lives in Atlanta with her husband, Andrew. She is now excited to have you and your children become a part of her life and story.

Tami Patterson | Young Preschool Educator / English

Tami Patterson has been an Atlanta resident since 1978. She received her BFA from the University of Georgia with a concentration in graphic design. She has been married for 23 years and has two daughters 18 and 15. She taught at her daughter’s preschool for three years and is in her second year on staff here at Midtown Lutheran Preschool. She has been a member of Redeemer since 2000 and taught Sunday school for five years. She enjoys watching the children grow in their knowledge and social skills and seeing the excitement they express when realizing they can do new things on their own.

In her free time, Tami fills her passion for horses with riding and volunteering at Trinity Horse Rescue with her daughter. She loves art, music, cooking and baking.  

Safiatou Robinson | Toddler Educator - English/German 

Safiatou was born in the small city of Ulm, Germany. She moved to the U.S. in 1998 where she currently lives in Powder Springs. She has worked in child care for the past five years, and the  last three and a half years working with toddlers. She regularly enjoys music, specifically the  violin. One of her favorite things to do is sing and create songs for her students.  She is currently enrolled at Chattahoochee Tech where she plans on getting a nursing degree.  Safi currently holds a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential in infants and toddlers.

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Geneva Smith | Multiage & German Language Educator

Geneva, a native of Berlin has lived in Atlanta for over ten years. She has taught preschool for 8 years and loves working with children.

In her personal time she volunteers at her church with the children's ministry and tutors students in German. Geneva and her husband have two daughters ages 9 and 15.

In her free time, she enjoys sewing, traveling, and shopping.

Chapel Staff 

The Redeemer pastoral and ministry staff lead Chapel through the year.  Our Chapel leaders include Pastor Mark Larson, Pastor Mary Peters, Deacon Mary Houck, Pastor Dorothea Lotze-Kola of the German Church of Atlanta, and Ms. Kate Elkins.

You can meet them here (click on the photo in link for a bio). 

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
— Plato