Bethel Early Childhood Academy

Bethel Early Childhood Academy is a registered child care ministry of Bethel United Methodist Church offering nurturing child care to families in our community.

Our loving, well-qualified staff provide a safe setting and Christian-themed program to enable children (infants thru age 5) to learn through play while developing emotionally, intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually.

All-day Educational Care

The annual academy program is offered weekdays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. year round. Programs includes learning centers, free play, storytelling, art, science, music, fine and gross motor activities, outside play, games, rest time and morning and afternoon snacks. Children learn social skills, pre-reading skills, fine and gross motor skills, language development and cognitive thinking.  

Paths to QUALITY

Paths to QUALITY is Indiana’s statewide rating system for early care and education programs. The system validates ongoing efforts to achieve higher standards of quality and provides incentives and awards for success.BECA has achieved Paths to QUALITY Level 3!

Interested or want to learn more? Contact us!

Leadership & Staff

Director’s Corner

BECA director Lynn Morris has been a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church family for over 35 years. Her two grown daughters are both Bethel Nursery School alumni! Lynn taught for 14 years at Bethel Nursery School and took on the role of director when Bethel Nursery School transitioned from a part-time preschool into a full- time child care ministry as Bethel Early Childhood Academy in 2013. Lynn spends her spare time volunteering, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. She is proud to help continue the school’s legacy and be a part of creating high quality educational child care ministry that spreads God’s love. 

Teacher Profiles 


Heather BeringTeacher Assistant
Est. 2018

What makes BECA special to you? I love getting the hugs and snuggles when the kids get up from their naps. It is also fun watching the students learn a new task.
Fun Fact: I was once an international ambassador! 


Brittni Burden, Teacher assistant
Est. 2020 

What makes BECA special to you? BECA is special to me because I love the children, and my co-workers are so kind. I enjoy working here, and it’s the first time I’ve enjoyed going to a job.
Fun Fact: I love to draw and have been doing it since I was young. I want to be an animator someday.


Dee Cazares, Assistant Director
Child Development Associate
Board Member
Est. 2021

What makes BECA special to you? Bethel considers BECA a very special ministry.  The church’s love for children and education has existed for many, many years, and I feel that is a very important aspect of the life of the church.  Being with the children is wonderful and I enjoy not only how I get to see them learn and grow, but how I learn from just being with them.
Fun Fact: I owned my own business for 20 years, retired and then re-entered the workforce to come to work at BECA!


Pam DickersonTeacher Assistant
Currently Pursuing CDA
Est. 2021

What makes BECA special to you? BECA is special to me because it is a warm and welcoming environment not only for the kids but for the staff.

Fun Fact: My daughter attended Bethel Nursery School in the 90’s I’ve known this is a great place for many years.


Linda JordanTiny Turtles Lead Teacher
Child Development Associate
Est. 2016

What makes BECA special to you? Watching the children grow and learn new things and the warm family atmosphere.
Fun Fact: I think I can sing!


Saira Kahn, Teacher Assistant
Est. 2016

What makes BECA special to you? BECA is making progress every single day, and it continues to always provide an environment that is friendly and welcoming, treating everyone like family.
Fun Fact: I can laugh at myself! 


Angela LoweTeacher Assistant
Est. 2017

What makes BECA special to you? The kids, families and the nicest group of co-workers I’ve ever had!
Fun Fact: I am a Cub Scout mom! 


Kaitlyn LutaneTeacher Assistant
Student at Purdue University (Global)
Est. 2017

What makes BECA special to you? Working with kids is special to me because I can make them smile on their good and bad days and they do the same for me!
Fun Fact: I own a bearded dragon named Moe!  I’m studying criminal justice and absolutely love shopping!


Jordan McQuistonTeacher Assistant
Student at Purdue University (Global)
Est. 2022

What makes BECA special to you? ….the people I’ve met – both the staff and students. They’re not just teachers and they’re not just kids.
Fun Fact: I collect the potion ingredients from Harry Potter.


Lynn Morris, Director
Child Development Associate
Est. 2013 

What makes BECA special to you? My own children went here, and I still think of it as their school. It is special to me as I work to preserve the legacy that began in 1954. The creation of BECA in 2013 met the needs of the community, and we continue to strive to meet those needs.
Fun Fact: I’m from Texas and my family had a cattle ranch—I used to herd cattle and put up fences. You should ask me about my hat trick!


Mackenzie MorrisFamily Engagement Specialist
Butterflies Lead Teacher
Child Development Associate
Est. 2017

What makes BECA special to you? BECA is special to me because I grew up at Bethel and attended the nursery school. I have seen my mother take a failing program and turn it into a beautiful, thriving one. I love being able to explore my passion for early childhood education and social work!
Fun Fact: I am currently living in, remodeling and purchasing my grandparents’ old home.


Yoshelinn Nowak, Ducklings Lead Teacher
Child Development Associate
Est. 2017

What makes BECA special to you? BECA is special to me because when I go into work, it does not feel like work. I enjoy my time with the kids—watching them grow fascinates me! Another great perk is that my co-workers are funny and kind!
Fun Fact: I enjoy cooking food from different countries.


Madhu Patro, Eagles Lead Teacher
Child Development Associate
Est. 2021

What makes BECA special to you? BECA makes sure the environment is safe and hygienic for children.  BECA teaches children to be independent and most importantly the kids are happy.  Teachers and staff are very helpful and welcoming.  I feel loved around the kids and they give me positive energy.
Fun Fact: They call me bookworm but little do they know one of my favorite things to do is to sew dresses, quilts, arts and crafts, and crocheting!


Elizabeth SaracsonTeacher Assistant
Est. 2022

What makes BECA special to you? I’m a new teacher at BECA and excited to be working here.
Fun Fact: My son is a student at BECA.


Barbara SchmidTeacher Assistant
Child Development Associate
Est. 2015

What makes BECA special to you? Everyone works together.
Fun Fact: I collect Precious Moments figurines.


Alyssa ScottTeacher Assistant
Currently BSW Student at IUPUI
Est. 2021

What makes BECA special to you? BECA is special to me because I attended Bethel Nursery School and Mrs. Morris was my teacher!  BECA feels like home, and I feel like I learn something new every day.
Fun Fact: My little sister attended BECA over the past few years and has been a student of many of the teachers.


Jill WeigelScheduler
Board Member
Teacher Assistant
CDA Certified
Est. 2014

What makes BECA special to you? BECA is special because of the people. It is truly a small family of individuals dedicated to quality early child care!
Fun Fact: For years I was a “cat person,” but now I have branched out and love both dogs and cats. I have a dog named Ella!


School Board

Lynn Morris, School Director
John Cazares, School Board Chairman
Dee Cazares
Bill Dorner
Donita Keidel
Joan Lyday
Ishmael Manyonga
Jill Weigel

BECA Career Opportunities

Are you interested in becoming part of the BECA team? Check out the job descriptions below! To apply, print and fill out the job application and mail it along with your resume to BECA Director Lynn Morris, 5252 W. 52nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46254. If you have questions, contact Lynn at beca@bethelumc.info or 317-293-1555.

  • Lead Teacher

    This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating curriculum in accordance with the mission, purpose and philosophy of BECA under the supervision of its director. This individual should demonstrate a knowledge of and commitment to early childhood developmental education and view this position as a ministry of Bethel United Methodist Church promoting the spiritual development of children and families. 

    Hours: Full time position 30-40 hours per week
    Salary: Starting at $18.75 per hour

    Education and/or experience: Experience in teaching within an early childhood educational program and knowledge of the mission and policies of Bethel United Methodist Church desired. Bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree in early childhood education or elementary education or Child Development Associate certification. Equivalent experience considered.

    Click here for full description [link to PDF].

  • Teacher Assistant

    This position is responsible for assisting and supporting the classroom teacher in accordance with the mission, purpose and philosophy of BECA. This individual should demonstrate a knowledge of and commitment to early childhood developmental education and view this position as a ministry of Bethel United Methodist Church promoting the spiritual development of children and families. 

    Hours: Part-time and full-time positions depending on need
    Salary: Starting at $13.50 per hour ($14.75 with credentials)

    Click here for full description [link to PDF].

Testimonials
  • “Your staff was committed to pushing our son outside of his comfort zone to build valuable, fundamental skills a student will need for academic success. We are forever grateful for the love your staff poured into him emotionally and academically. He tells us that he misses “his old school” nearly every day. Thank you for the commitment you’ve made to having a great program. Our experiences with BECA went above and beyond in preparing our son for the next level!”
    - Derek and Valerie Dennis
  • “It has been so gratifying to watch my two grandchildren develop at BECA through their early childhood years. BECA has been such a nurturing and educational environment.They met the challenges of Covid with excellence, and even rose to the occasion during the comeback from closure, temporarily offering a room for siblings that needed supervision for virtual schooling. It was a lifesaver, and very compassionate of BECA to meet a need they recognized. I’m so grateful my daughter found BECA for her child care needs. What a blessing it has been!”
    - Jerry Brooks