Glenn Memorial UMC
Friday, April 18, 2014
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

Welcome to the Glenn School
for Young Children

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Glenn School for Young Children is a ministry of the Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church.  It is Christian in origin and accepting of all.  At Glenn School, we believe children learn best through play.  Our goal is to meet each child wherever they are developmentally, nurture the child and their family through the preschool years, and lay a foundation for a confident, responsible and caring adult.


At the Glenn School for Young Children, we believe a child’s self-confidence builds social competence. Guided by this belief, our approach to learning embraces the whole child and encourages each one’s developing sense of self and growing social skills.  At all age levels, we are intentional about engaging, supporting, and challenging each child as they learn about themselves and the exciting world of friends and ideas around them.
We also believe that the young child learns best through play and we incorporate this philosophy into our curriculum, emphasizing developmentally appropriate practices for ages 6 months to 6 years to address the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth of each child. Our goal is to foster an environment of mutual respect, cooperation, and responsibility which encourages children to have fun learning and relating to others and prepares them to be confident and competent in their larger world.


Glenn School for Young Children was started as a kindergarten only in 1950.  Over the years additional classes were added and eventually combined with a Mother's Morning Out program for younger children to become the Glenn School of today.  Glenn School is a ministry of the Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church.  It is administered by the Glenn School Board which is responsible to the Church Council. 
It is our ongoing belief that a good school makes a difference in the life of the family.  Glenn School strives to establish a partnership with all its parents and encourages community support for each family.  The Glenn School Parent Council coordinates the many committees that organize the various fund raisers and enrichment programs for the school.  We offer ample opportunities for parent involvement including serving on these committees, volunteering in the classes, and parent groups.  Each family supports the school by participating in the spring and fall children’s used clothing sales.  This very successful fundraiser maintains the school’s Enrichment Fund which provides scholarships, furnishings for the classrooms, playground, and enrichment programs for children and adults.



On behalf of the Glenn School Board, I am very pleased to announce the selection of Cherry Payne as our new Director, effective January 1, 2014.

Cherry holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Georgia Southern and a master's degree in elementary education from West Georgia College.  She comes to us with a wealth of managerial experience in the preschool arena.   Her early teaching experience began in Cobb County.  She then became Director of Children’s Ministries for Northside United Methodist Preschool.  This led her to becoming the Director of the Northside United Methodist Preschool, followed by the position of Director of The Cathedral Preschool in Buckhead.  In addition to this experience, Cherry has worked as a “Preschool Program Evaluator for the National Association for the Education of Young Children.”  Most recently, she has  served as an administrator at The Goddard School in Midtown.

 A Cathedral Preschool parent observed: "My experience in working with Cherry as a Parents’ Council Co-Chair has been nothing short of exceptional.  Cherry has always been professional in our dealings, supportive of our ideas and appreciative of our efforts." 

A teacher under Cherry's leadership reported:  "Due to her astute guidance, vision and dedication to the students, the school has achieved the status of a leading academic preschool in the metropolitan Atlanta area...Not only did Cherry work towards creating an environment that balanced curriculum as well as personal child growth, she was always cognizant of the importance of the role of the classroom teacher. Her “Open Door” policy with the staff was instrumental in developing and fostering a close-knit environment for those who worked at the school. The constant support and encouragement the teachers received during her tenure was a source of great comfort to those who worked for her."

Cherry is very excited to be joining The Glenn School community and will hit the ground running.  Cherry says of this opportunity with The Glenn School:  "At this juncture in my life, I am very excited to embark on a new adventure with The Glenn School.  As your new Director, I know there will be many fun and thrilling adventures ahead.  Working with children is a true love of mine, and I look forward to doing so at Glenn. Please be assured that my door is always open for suggestions, concerns, conversation and coffee."  

We are looking forward to the opportunity for you to meet Cherry at a reception in early January.  We all wish Harriet our best and are deeply grateful for her leadership over the last seven years. And now, we will continue to work toward a bright future for the children of The Glenn School under new and capable leadership!



Sharon Hough

The Glenn School Board President