Emily Coutras

Executive Director

Emily has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Southeastern University and a Master’s Degree in Teacher Leadership from the University of Central Florida. Emily has been a member of Calvary for over twenty years, growing up in ministry. She has a passion for working with children while serving the Lord. Emily loves to spend time with her family.

“My staff and I would love to be a part of your child’s first steps both academically and spiritually. Our teachers are determined to love, serve, and respect your child and your family.”

Peggy Schuneman

Program Director

Peggy has a leader’s heart. She has been an active member of Calvary Orlando and leader of First Steps for more than twenty years. Peggy has been called to work with parents and children, helping them to navigate the earliest years of a child’s education.

Peggy has been married to her husband Dirk for nearly forty years, and they have attended Calvary since 1978. They have three children and one grandchild.

“From a young age, I’ve always been fascinated by child development. I feel very blessed to have been able to devote my career to training and leading so many families”.

Debbie Carlisle

Assistant Program Director/ VPK Teacher

Debbie has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southeastern Bible College. She has been a part of Calvary for over thirty years, first as a volunteer in the church nursery and then as a part of First Steps for the last fourteen years. Debbie enjoys working with children and is blessed to spend time with her three grandchildren.

“I enjoy being part of the First Steps family, and I look forward to what each new school year brings.”

Desiree Francis

Morning Administrative Assistant

Favorite Color:  Pink and Gold

Favorite Dessert:  Cakes and Cookies

Favorite Quote:  “I am a story of pain, narrated by love.” -Qasim Chauhan

Tammy Surratt

Afternoon Administrative Assistant

Favorite Color:  Blue

Favorite Dessert:  Creme Brulee

Favorite Quote:  “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23

Sonia Lezcano

Staff Supervisor

Favorite Color:  Red

Favorite Dessert:  Strawberry Shortcake

Favorite Quote:  “In a world where you can be anything, be yourself.” -Ashley Purdy

Joanie Romm

Assistant Staff Supervisor

Favorite Color:  I just love color!

Favorite Dessert:  Peanut Butter Mousse Pie

Favorite Quote:  Some people come into your life as a blessing, while others give us lessons.

Anaba Reyes

Ballet Teacher

Favorite Color:  Green

Favorite Dessert:  Pumpkin Pie

Favorite Quote:  “At least you’ll never be a vegetable- even artichokes have hearts.” -Amelie Poulain

Josh Acosta

Soccer Coach/ Floater

Favorite Color:  Blue

Favorite Dessert:  Brownies

Favorite Quote:  Strive for greatness!

Malarie Delgado

Art Teacher

Favorite Color:  Red

Favorite Dessert:  Strawberry Ice Cream

Favorite Quote:  “The earth without art is just ‘eh’.” -Demetri Martin

Jocelynn Martinusen

Music Teacher

Favorite Color:  Pink

Favorite Dessert:  Anything Chocolate!

Favorite Quote:  “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.” -Stevie Wonder

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