Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society.
-Maria Montessori

Meet the SoulSong Staff

 

Administration

Virginia Fillers, Director

Hello! I was raised in Oak Ridge, TN. I moved to Cookeville in 2008 to complete my BS in Elementary Education at TTU after spending a few years working professionally in film and television production. My experience working in schools spans more than 20 years and encompasses private and public education. I credit much of SoulSong’s program to my experience at Knoxville Montessori School. In 2014-2015, I served as captain of the art committee for the Heart of the City Playground project. I have also been the MOPPETS childcare coordinator for Cookeville MOPS, as well as the president of Cookeville Roller Derby.  I live in Algood with my daughter, my partner, our fat cat, and our corn snake. My daughter Charlotte attended SoulSong since it opened in 2015 until graduating from pre-k in 2019. She is now a student at Algood Elementary. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, taking walks, watching musicals, and having adventures with Charlotte. My pronouns are she/her.

I am very excited about the teaching staff at SoulSong! Each one is very gifted as a caregiver and educator. It is a blessing for our program to have such a fantastic group of teachers. They have all come to us with exceptional recommendations and consistently impress me with their creativity, commitment, and patience. I consider myself lucky to have also been able to experience SoulSong as a parent!

Guides

Megan Seehafer, Rhythm Room, Ages 1.5-2.5 years, Monday/Wednesday

Bio coming soon.

Jami Brown, Rhythm Room, Ages 1.5-2.5 years, Tuesday/Thursday

Hello, I am Jami Brown. My husband, Dustin, and I have three wonderful children (Jeremiah, Dawson, and Makayla). Almost all of my free time is spent at some sort of sporting event. I decided seven years ago to work at a daycare, and I fell in love with teaching. After that daycare closed, I opened my own daycare and operated that until my husband’s work schedule changed and no longer accommodated it a couple years later. Since then, I have been spending time home with Makayla and also working part-time for Cookeville MOPS, Community Bible Study, and a select number of families (many from MOPS and SoulSong) to provide in-home childcare. I use basic sign language paired with spoken words to encourage vocabulary development in my classroom. I help the children become more independent while providing a loving environment in which they can learn and grow. It is always bittersweet when children graduate from my classes, but I love watching them succeed in the next room up. I am so excited to get to know each child in my class this year and to be part of this special time in their lives. 

Holli Williams, Melody Room, Ages 2.5-4 years

Hi! I am Holli Williams. I was born and raised in Cookeville. My husband and I moved to Nashville for several years before deciding we would rather raise children in Cookeville, and we returned home. My love for teaching began when I taught children's karate classes as a teenager. I studied early childhood education in college. I have a special place in my heart for mothers and babies. I am co-founder of Cookeville Mother's Circle, and I serve on the board of Postpartum Support International - Tennessee. I have two sons, Austin and Sam, who attend SoulSong.

Director's Note: I wanted to include this picture of Holli because it makes me laugh. It also reminds me what a great mom Holli is because little Sam, despite his best efforts, never hit the ground.

Lesley DeNoble, Harmony Room, Ages 3.5-5 (Prekindergarten)

My name is Lesley DeNoble. I earned my degree in Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University. I graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2016. I have a  school-age daughter, Jayley, who keeps me very busy. I enjoy teaching children in fun ways with hands-on activities. I believe that all children can learn, and I keep high expectations to help them reach and strive for more. Most importantly, I believe that children should be in a loving environment that encourages them to build strong morals and strong minds. My classroom is a kindergarten prep room with a focus on the skills students are expected to have when they enter school. I previously taught pre-k in the Putnam County School System and am very familiar with their expectations.

Contact Us!
First Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Cookeville, TN (931) 526-4424
20 N. Dixie Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501
Rev. Michael McLaughlin, Senior Pastor (662) 545-8107
revmclauglin@firstprescookeville.org
Amy Ainsley, Administative Assistant
office@firstprescookeville.org

Join us!

Sunday School 9:45 a.m.

Sunday Worship Service 11:00 a.m.

 

Wed. Night Youth 6-7:30 p.m.

Wed. Night Adult Study 6 p.m.