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January 2018 Newsletter


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Hi, my name is April Beckel. I grew up in Southern California with my parents and two older brothers. In college I met my husband, Scott, and after five years of dating we married, we moved to Colorado Springs in 2005.

In 2008, my husband and I decided to listen to God’s calling and began the process to adopt a child. Through an incredible journey we were blessed with the gift of a baby when our son Bryce was born in 2009. My husband and I heard God’s calling once again to begin the adoption process to and add to our family.  We were so blessed with another gift from above when Skyler our son was born in 2014.

I have been in Early Childhood Education for the past 12 years. I have my AA in Early Childhood Education from Pikes Peak Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies from Grand Canyon University.  I am qualified to be the Director of a large preschool center through the State of Colorado and NAEYC. I have 7 years of teaching experience with children between the ages of 2.5 to 5 years old along with 5 years of experience working as a Director.


Hello my name is Candace Crain. The children call me, Ms. Candace! I have the honor of working with the Little Blessings Team! I started working as a Substitute Teacher in 2016, and had a chance to connect with all ages of children and many wonderful teachers! I had the privilege to become the Assistant Owl Teacher with Ms. April Beckel last school year!

I earned my Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Belleview – Nebraska and did my early studies at Notre Dame de Namur University. This Summer I’ve had the wonderful journey of completing my Early Childhood Education Credentials and have become Lead Teacher qualified!

I have a 5 &1/2 year old son named Lucas who is starting Kindergarten this year and a wonderful husband, David. My hobbies are spending time with my family, taking family road trips, volunteering, cooking and baking with my husband and son, eating at local restaurants (my favorite is a French bakery), and going to the movies!

This year is going to be so exciting and I’m truly honored to get to know and learn from your precious children and watch them thrive! I look forward to meeting you.

Thank you,

Candace Crain

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Email: owls@parkerumc.org