Debbie Arena


Debbie Arena

Director of Preschool Ministries

            Debbie Arena is the CUMC Director of Preschool Ministries.  Debbie has lived in Chapel Hill since 1977.  She and her husband, Scott, celebrated their 28th anniversary in June 2008.  Debbie and Scott have two children.  Jennifer is 24 years old and teaches kindergarten at McDougle Elementary.  Matthew is 15 years old and a freshman at Chapel Hill High School.  Debbie and her family are active members at University United Methodist Church.

            Debbie’s background includes a degree from UNC-CH in Early Childhood Education, a current North Carolina teaching certificate, NAEYC membership, and many years of experience working with young children. She has taught children from age 3 up to third grade.  Debbie has always chosen to teach in Christian schools.

            At Christ Church Preschool, Debbie serves as the Preschool Director.  She works closely with children, teachers, parents, the preschool board, and the church staff to coordinate a top quality Christian preschool. Debbie was hired in January, 1999 as an educational consultant during the designing of the preschool program and then became the director when the preschool opened in August of that same year. Debbie is proud to be associated with Christ Church and sincerely enjoys her work.

            To obtain information about the preschool, or to reach Debbie in the preschool office, please call 969-1690 or email .