plc Staff

Dana Patterson (PLC Director and Shooting Stars 4’s Teacher )

Dana is a native of Bowling Green and WKU alumna. She holds a Bachelor's in Elementary Education with experience teaching third grade before coming to The Preschool Learning Center. She began teaching the four-year-old class in 2006. Due to the demand for a high quality program such as the PLC, a second four-year-old class was offered. Dana is involved in other ministries as well. She is married to the Rev. Chris Patterson, the pastor of St. James United Methodist Church. She is the mother to Alex, Cierra and Ben (a graduate of PLC). Dana has been the director of PLC for 8 years.


Helen Hatchett (Aide 4's class)

Helen is a graduate of WKU where she received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Elementary Education. She retired in 2005, after a 30 year teaching career in the Warren County Schools. She is the mother of two married children, Jason Hatchett and Megan Hatchett White. Helen is also the grandmother of two girls, Peyton and Landen White. She enjoys volunteering at SKYPAC, W.R. McNeill Elementary, traveling, reading, and being an actively involved grandmother.


Clarissa Moore (Teacher Rising Stars 3’s class)

Clarissa Moore is a native of Poole, KY. She is married to Jeff Moore. She has four children who are all PLC alumni. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Ed with Kindergarten endorsement from WKU and a Master's degree in Elementary Ed. from Indiana State University. She is a former Kindergarten teacher, substitute teacher, and daycare teacher. She is actively involved with her church (St James United Methodist), United Methodist Women, volunteering at Cumberland Trace Elementary, Girl Scouts, and Fountain Square Players.


Kimberly Watkins (2's Teacher, 3's Aide)

Kimberly Watkins is a native of Bowling Green and has been working in the church nursery for many years. Kimberly has a bachelors degree in Political Science Pre-law with a minor in Family Studies from WKU. She also holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Studies with a concentration in Public Policy and Child Advocacy from WaldenUniversity. Kimberly is currently working part time as a 3 year old teacher at Bundles of Joy and as an Independent Living Adviser for USpiritUs. She has been working with children since the age of 16.


Melanie Pardue (2’s Aide)

Melanie Pardue has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Murray State University, and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from WKU. She has taught both elementary music and high school choir. In addition, she has served a a church choir director and pianist. She has been primarily a stay at home mom for about 18 years! Melanie is married to Matt and has three children, Alec (18), Aubrie (13), and Daniel (11). Her two youngest children attended PLC and they loved their experiences!