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Melissa Riggs

ELC DIRECTOR

Melissa grew up in the small town of Jamestown, NY, where she met her husband in the three-year-old preschool class in her home church. Some might say it was “love at first slide.” Melissa and Jim have three kids and have been active members of Life Community Church since 2008.

Melissa has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and taught elementary school in the Dallas, TX area for six years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She is passionate about curriculum and instruction and enjoys teaching children life skills and God's Word. She is thrilled for the opportunity to be involved in a ministry that combines so many of her passions and skills to impact children and families in the Nolensville area for God's glory.

For ten years Melissa ran her own business, Lissalaneous, selling stickers, signs, decals, and party supplies. (If you have bought a sign at Small Town Charm store, you may just have a piece of her work in your house!) In her free time, Melissa enjoys a good cup of creamy coffee, spending time in the woods and mountains, traveling, decorating, and running.


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rachel wright

DIRECTOR'S ASSISTANT & MUSIC TEACHER

Rachel grew up in Nolensville, Tennessee and has been attending LCC with her family since the church started in 2001. In May 2018, she graduated from Union University with her Bachelor’s in Social Work, with a focus in School Social Work.

While earning her degree, Rachel interned at Medina Middle School where she counseled students, practiced crisis intervention, and taught guidance classes on a daily basis. She was also involved in college programs such as Zeta Tau Alpha where she held the position as Risk Management Chair and the Union Edge program where she mentored college students with special needs.

Rachel has a passion for serving others especially when it comes to children and adolescents. Having been a long-time member of LCC, she has been involved in the children’s and youth ministries since her own adolescent years and has loved giving back to these ministries as an intern and volunteer. Rachel loves playing the piano, listening to all kinds of music, spending time with friends, and drinking Sonic slushes.


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HEATHER BRICKHOUSE

TWO-YEAR-OLD TEACHER

Heather is originally from central Florida but relocated to Nolensville in 2011. She loves having seasons and some occasional snow to play in! She loves living in such a great town, surrounded by so many wonderful families.

Heather and her husband Steve have attended Life Community Church since 2014, and they have been married since 2004. They have two beautiful children, Evan (2008) and Reagan (2011). Heather feels like being a mom is the greatest gift she’s ever received, and having the opportunity to love on other little ones is just another gift from the Lord!

Heather graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Marketing and Management. She worked for Publix in their corporate office and a local spa as their Marketing Director before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Heather cherishes the blessing that your children are to her and can’t wait to see what the Lord may have in store for your family through Life Community ELC!


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Tracy Stayskal

three-YEAR-OLD TEACHER

Tracy was born in Alaska and grew up in Oklahoma where she earned a degree in Elementary Education at Oral Roberts University. It was also at ORU where she met her husband, John. Together they have enjoyed raising their three sons, Luke, Paul, and Timothy here in the Nolensville and Nashville areas. Their family has been attending Life Community Church since 2018.

Knowledgable in all grade levels, Tracy’s thirty-plus years of experience includes teaching preschool and grade school, as well as directing several academic learning centers while working with preschool through high school age students in Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee. She is the director of Tutoring Club of Nolensville which she began with her husband in 2007. When not teaching, she enjoys family, friends, antiques, books, and gardening.

Tracy feels so blessed and privileged to be called to teach. She has a true desire to educate, inspire, love, and nurture the students that God puts before her. She believes that preschool is a great time to begin a foundation for a child’s future, and she looks forward to establishing a partnership with a great team and parents and spending time getting to know the children. Her prayer is to instill the joy of learning that reflects God’s love here at Life Community ELC.


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Erica Patel

FOUR-YEAR-OLD/Pre-K TEACHER

Erica spent the majority of her childhood in Northern Wisconsin, but many parts of Minnesota are considered home, as well.  She never thought her life’s journey would bring her to Tennessee, but “everything happens for a reason.” Erica is married to her college sweetheart and is blessed with 2 children and 1 dog.  In 2014, they moved to the Nolensville community. They enjoy going on daily walks in the neighborhood, visiting the library, playing at the park, cooking, and traveling to see family and friends.

Erica received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA.  She began her teaching career in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, MN, in a private preschool for 2 years and then at a public elementary school as a Kindergarten teacher. Once Erica moved to Nashville in 2009, she started teaching at West End UMC Preschool. She taught in both the full-time and part-time programs for a total of 7 years. 

Erica embraces the daily challenge of observing, guiding, and facilitating each preschooler’s individual learning and development.  She strives to provide valuable opportunities and experiences to promote positive social-emotional, cognitive, math & science, language, and spiritual growth in all children.  Erica enjoys teaching in the early childhood years because of the daily opportunity it provides to create family partnerships in support of each child’s unique development.