Meet Our Staff


My name is Kelli Smith. I graduated from SVSU with my bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education, English, and Science. I have taught here, at Kids’ Creek Preschool, a variety of classes for nine years. I also taught third and fourth grade at Trinity Lutheran in Bay City for a year. I was called back to Kids’ Creek where I am now a teacher and director. A fun fact, I went to preschool here when I was 4. My husband’s name is Adam, and we have four children. Tyson is 11, Kaelyn is 9, Mairyn is 7, and Slayden is 5. I enjoy reading, watching TV, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy spending time with my Bible Study Group.




Kelli Smith,  Preschool Director & 4s Teacher

Tuesday/Thursday Class 9:00-12:00

Tuesday/Thursday/Friday Class 9:00-12:00


My name is Jen Binns and I moved to Michigan in 2001 from Massachusetts after graduating with my certificate in Early Childhood Preschool Concentration. I also recently went back to school and received my CDA (Child Development Associates for preschool).  I’m married to Tim and we have two children. Our son, Bailey, is 19 and lives in Arizona. Our daughter, Grace is 14 and is beginning high school this year. We have a small “farm” made up of goats, chickens, two dogs, a cat, a turtle, and a hedgehog.





Jen Binns, Together We Two Teacher

Friday 9:30-11:00 (2yr olds & parent)


Hi, I am Michelle Delzer and I’d like to start off by saying I consider myself very blessed to be able to say I teach the three-year-class at Messiah, this will be my third year here. I have a BS in Elementary Education from Northern State University in Aberdeen SD, I am currently pursuing my Master’s degreefrom the same university with online classes. I have worked as a reading teacher as well as a paraprofessional with the ESA, primarily working with students with autism. I have a passion for play-based child centered learning with Christian values and lessons at the heart. I have a son and a daughter, 23 and 20, both attending school in Mount Pleasant but still living at home. I love having them at home, often spending the evenings doing homework together or weekends at the coffee shop doing homework. We have been in Michigan for 7 years, we live in the country and love the area and the people. 





Michelle Delzer, 3s Teacher 

Monday/Wednesday Class 9:00-11:30

Tuesday/Thursday Class 9:00-11:30

My name is Sarah Martin. I was born and raised in Midland and attended Delta College. My husband’s name is Bruce and we have 4 children. Andrew 13, twins Bethany and Brianna 9, and Claire is 6. All of our children attended Kids Creek Preschool. I enjoy camping, swimming, volunteering, going to the beach and vacationing with my family. I love children and feel very blessed for the opportunities God has given to me.






Sarah Martin, 3s Teacher Aide

Before & After School Care


My name is Jamie Engler. I graduated from SVSU with my bachelors degree in Elementary Education. My husband’s name is John. He is a youth pastor at Midland First United Methodist Church. We have three children. Isabelle is 6, Jaxson is 4, and our adopted son Ritz is 20. I enjoy reading, crafting, and being with my family. I also love coffee, and watching or playing a variety of sports.





Jamie Engler,  4s Teacher

Monday/Wednesday/Friday Class 9:00-11:45


My name is Katrina Berg.  I was born and raised here in Midland.  I graduated from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education as well as minors in Math and General Science.  I also graduated with my Lutheran Teaching Diploma and taught a 5/6 grade combined class at St. Matthew Lutheran in Holt, MI.  I am married to Paul Berg and have 4 children: Daniel, 13 years; Lucas, 11 years; Matthew, 9 years; Kaitlyn, 6 years.  I enjoy running, biking, volleyball, being up at our cabin, and spending time with my family.





Katrina Berg,  4s Teacher Aide

My name is Tara Whittington.  I am very excited to be teaching  Young 5’s/Older 4’s again this year at Kid’s Creek!
I have a B.S. in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University.  I have a major in Language Arts and a
minor in  History. I have taught Kindergarten, First grade, and this will be my second year teaching Preschool.  I
live in Midland with my husband George and my two boys, Joshua (13) and Andrew (9). I believe that a good parent-
teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success!






Tara Whittington,  Older 4s/Young 5s Teacher

Monday-Friday Class 9:00-12:00