Andrea Alge


My name is Andrea Alge and I am the director at Northwest Chapel Preschool.  I am very excited about this adventure. God surely led me to Northwest Chapel Preschool for a reason.  I have previously taught in the elementary setting for the last 14 years and before that I was a director of a learning center for 3 years while I was working on my Master of Education.  I live 5 houses away from Northwest Chapel and I love walking my twin boys to school each morning and then walking here to work. My husband and I have been married for 10 years in 2022 and our family loves to be outside, hike, explore, play sports, enjoy yummy food and most of all just be together and try new adventures.  I feel blessed to be called back into a leadership role and I look forward to getting to know all your families better. I am here to serve your family in any way possible and please reach out for anything you might need.  Thank you and have a great day!

Joy Pyles

Junior Kindergarten Teacher 

Hi, I am Joy Pyles and I have a BS in Elementary Education from Taylor University and a Kindergarten Certificate. Before joining the staff in 2010, I had years of varied experiences educating children. My family and I served three years with Mission Service Corps in Puerto Rico beginning in 2003. My passion is for teaching, supporting each individual child’s potential, and encouraging them to grow in Christ is evident in the classroom. Me and my family attend Dublin Baptist Church.

Barb Brown

3 Year Old Lead Teacher

Hello, I'm Barb Brown, and I joined the team at NWC Kindergarten and preschool in August of 2008. I have a degree in accounting and am working toward an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Development. I also have extensive in-service training hours in early education. I love to encourage young learners and find great joy in helping my students learn and grow. My family and I attend Northwest Chapel.

Oralia Aakhus

Preschool Teacher Assistant

Hi, I'm Oralia Aakhus...and I attended Western Iowa Tech. I assisted my family in the management of their family-owned restaurant in Sioux City, Iowa. I'm blessed with three children and was active in the community during their school years. I volunteered with TWIG, Upper Arlington Schools, Joseph’s Coat, and Heart Food Pantry, and am currently a mentor for single Hispanic mothers at Vineyard Columbus. My husband and I attend Upper Arlington Grace Brethren Church.

Noel Skaggs

Pre-K Lead Teacher

Hi, I am Noel. I have taught here at Northwest Chapel Preschool since 2018. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Youth Studies from The Ohio State University. My husband and I have been married since 2018. My favorite part about teaching is the children.  I just love creating relationships with my students.  In my spare time I spend the majority of it doing arts and crafts.

Brandi Ewing

Pre-K Lead Teacher

Hi, I am Brandi and I have been at Northwest Chapel Preschool since 2019. I live in Dublin with my husband Adam and son William.  I started working at Northwest Chapel Preschool because William attended Preschool here. My favorite animal is a dinosaur. In the classroom I like organized chaos and a ton of paint and glitter. I am currently attending school for my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. 


Anna Gaiownik

Administrative Assistant

Anna Gaiownik has an associate degree in Liberal Arts from Oakland Community College. She has volunteered with the children’s program at her home church for the last 5 years. She has also spent one year being trained with Bible Study Fellowship to be a children’s leader. She loves working with kids and teaching them about the love of Jesus. As administrative Assistant Anna spends most of her time in the office but her favorite part of the day is waving to a passing class as they head to recess.

Katee Calaway

Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Hello. I am Katee and I have worked with children since 2010.  This is my first year in the classroom at Northwest Chapel Preschool and I previously was a Nanny for a Northwest Chapel family.  My favorite part of teaching Preschool is the opportunity to see kids grow.  My student's always think I am very funny and they say that "I am their best friend."

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Sue Joliff

Teaching Assistant

Sue is a retired teacher from Findlay, Ohio.  She moved to Columbus about four years ago to be closer to her grandkids. She has always taught first, second, or third grade, but she says it's a nice change working with the younger ones.  She attends Northwest Chapel, and enjoys reading and swimming.