Sara Kennedy


Hello! My name is Sara Kennedy and Early Childhood is my passion!  I was born and raised in Rockford, IL but headed west for warmer weather during my college years. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies and a Master’s in Teaching and Teacher Education, both at the University of Arizona. From there I moved to California and started teaching Kindergarten.  I also taught Kindergarten once I moved here to Florida.

As for my family, my husband and I have 3 children, who have all attended UCELC.  We absolutely love the Christian, family-like environment this school provides, and we attend the church, as well.

Along with teaching here at UCELC, I am also a professor at Kaplan University, where I teach Early Childhood courses online.  I also earned a Graduate Certificate in Literacy and Language Teaching K-6 from Kaplan. I have enjoyed preparing others for Early Childhood careers and am so excited to be back in the physical classroom setting, as well!  My philosophy of teaching is based on creating a student-centered environment in which children feel safe and valued and in which they enjoy the process of learning through play. I look forward to all that God has in store for me working at UCELC!


Rebecca Hughes


I grew up in Connecticut, but moved to South Carolina after high school, where I met and married my husband. We have two children, Jake and Maggie. While my kids were preschool age, we lived in Jacksonville, FL. I fell in love with their school and teachers, and was blessed to be hired on staff at their school as a classroom assistant for over 2 years, until we moved to Orlando in 2010.

Since moving to Orlando, I have been a busy stay at home mom, and helping to plant a church. As my kids have grown older I've felt the itch to get back into teaching preschool again. I consider myself very blessed to have found UCELC and become part of the staff of this special school.

Rachel Conti


I was raised in East Orlando and now live in the area with my husband and three children. My family attends The Five service at University Carillon and we have had such an amazing experience with UCELC, I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be part of team. 

During high school I worked part time at a child care center then left to attend college in Lakeland, FL. I earned a degree in Music Management from Florida Southern College. After graduating I held office management positions. I spent some time at Huntington Learning Center managing and tutoring. After my second child was born I decided to become a stay at home mom and pursue an MBA, I graduated for a second time from Florida Southern College in 2012. I always felt most fulfilled in my jobs working with children and feel blessed to be able to share that with the kids at UCELC.


Allison Montgomery


I was born and raised in Oviedo, FL where I grew up attending UCUMC with my family. Since 2011, I have been working with the UCUMC Children's Ministry team and recently was promoted to the Clubhouse Coordinator. I previously received my AA degree in Elementary Education from Seminole State College. Currently, I attend the University of Central of Florida and will earn my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. As the youngest of four girls, I enjoy hanging out with my family and my niece. As a Florida girl, I'm a Disney enthusiast and visit the parks on a weekly basis. I've always had a passion for teaching young children, and look forward to starting this new journey at UCELC!



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