Mieke is the Director of the Weekday Children’s Program which includes the school year half-day program as well as the summer minicamp for children aged walking ones through five. She supervises a staff of four lead teachers and four assistants as well as an Assistant Director.
Mieke coordinates all program activities including outreach to the church and community, budgetary concerns, and recruitment of children for the 46 slots the program offers. As a member of FUMC, it is Mieke’s job to maintain a curriculum with the goal of helping each child grow in Christian faith and love and preparing them for the “big school” experience. Since her arrival at FUMC in October 1997, the program has expanded from four days to five.
Before moving to Brevard in 1997 from Wilton, Connecticut, Mieke first taught three- and four-year olds and then became administrative assistant to the director of the preschool at the Wilton Family YMCA from 1991 until 1997. She is married to Craig Benepe and has a son Rob, a daughter Amanda and a granddaughter Sierra.