PEEP Staff


PEEP Staff

Linda Dean, PEEP Director

 I am blessed to be the Director of the Presbyterian Early Enrichment Program (P. E. E. P.), holding this position since August, 1992.  I am a native of Latham, New York where I lived until attending college in Massachusetts earning a B. A. in Social Work and Theology from Berkshire Christian College.  My husband, Paul, and I lived in Virginia, where I directed a preschool in the Richmond area, and Florida before moving to Duplin County in August 1988. In addition to directing, I am currently the lead teacher in the morning four year old class.  Both the staff and board of the preschool are committed to providing exposure to a rich learning environment creating a foundation for lifelong learning.  Believing that play is a large part of a child’s education, we want to create a safe environment where each child can thrive and build confidence while exploring the world around them. I consider it a privilege to see the world through the eyes of a child each day. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking with my husband, camping and visiting National Parks throughout the United States.  I have two adult children and 3 granddaughters and look forward to spending as much time as possible with them.
Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Melissa Miller, Lead Teacher, Assistant to the Director

 I was born in Kinston, NC and raised in Seven Springs, NC.  I attended South Lenoir High School for two years before transferring to East Duplin High School where I graduated.  I live in Pink Hill, NC with my husband of 33 years.  My mom has lived with us for the last couple of years.  I have three grown children, Matthew, Crystal and Jessica.  I have one granddaughter, Jordan Faith.  I have one great danes and four granddogs.  I began working at PEEP 15 years ago as an assistant.  I am the lead teacher for both the morning threes and afternoon fours as well as assist in morning fours class.  When I’m not at PEEP, I am spending time with my family.  I attend Pathway Church.

Theresa Houston, Lead Teacher

  I was born in Pender County and have lived in Duplin County my whole life.  I graduated from East Duplin High School.  I have been married to my husband, Jamey, for twenty six years.  We have two children, Hillary and Katie.  I have worked at PEEP for almost twelve years.  I am lead teacher in the two year old classroom and assistant in the morning and afternoon threes classrooms and afternoon four year old classroom.  In my spare time I enjoy being with my family and watching my youngest daughter play volleyball at Lenoir Community College!