<p>Our CCDC Staff<br />
Approach and Qualifications</p>
Our CCDC Staff
Approach and Qualifications

Our CCDC Staff

As a staff, our CCDC teachers and administrators are personally committed to your child's spiritual, academic, physical, social, and emotional growth and development. Our goal is to educate, serve, and lead children as authentic followers of Christ.


We realize every interaction is an opportunity, and we are committed to helping each child develop:

  • A positive self-image, secure in the knowledge that God loves him/her and that He has a plan for his/her life
  • Language skills to express thoughts and feelings
  • Learning skills to grow in knowledge and understanding
  • Social skills to work and play with other children and adults successfully
  • Physical skills as they grow through every age and developmental stage

We love what we do, and it shows in our CCDC children's lives and our active, ongoing partnerships with parents.

Occasionally, we offer employment opportunities for talented Christian educators. To learn more, please see details HERE.


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    Lori Koppelmann
    CCDC Director




    Lori’s calling is to use her gifts to serve God by working with the staff, parents, and children of Calvary Child Development Center.

    Lori was raised in a Catholic home and came to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ as a freshman in college. She is originally from Chicago and has been married for 21 years to her loving husband, Ron. Lori and Ron have been active members of Calvary since 2013. They have two daughters, Caleigh and Scout. Both girls are attending college in North Carolina. 

    Lori has had a diverse and fascinating work life. She has owned and operated her own business, managed a call center for AT&T, and worked as the Director of the Main Street program in Wisconsin. She fully realized her love of working with children when she became a teacher of 4 year-olds in Chicago, IL. Her husband’s position brought them to Charlotte in 2011 and Lori has worked at Calvary Child Development Center ever since. She has worked in a variety of roles at the Center and now serves as Director.

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    Rena Belge
    Staff Manager

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    Denise Freeman
    School Nurse

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    Cindy Milam

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    Laura Schlesing
    Communications & Compliance Manager



    Laura's goal is to share Calvary’s Christ-centered focus with the children and families of the Calvary Child Development Center, providing a sound and professionally operated facility for our children, families, and staff.

    Laura was raised in a Catholic home and became a Christian her freshman year in college. She has been married 16 years to her loving husband, Daniel. They have three boys, Ryan, William, and Matthew. Their middle child, William, was born with Down Syndrome and diagnosed with cancer in 2016. Going through these difficult times has brought them closer to the Lord as a family. It has also allowed them to become involved with the North Carolina Leukemia Lymphoma Society and Gigi's Playhouse of Charlotte.

    Laura and her family have been members of Calvary Church for over 13 years. As a former banker in Wealth Management and Compliance, she was called to Children’s Ministry in late 2014 as the Nursery Coordinator for Calvary. It has been Laura's joy to serve the youngest members of our church family and teach them to love and serve the Lord.