Board of Directors
YVCS – Administrator and Teacher
Kimberly Seipel-Parks was raised in Elkin. She received her BFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design and then worked in marketing and brand development for 15 years. While living in Beaufort, South Carolina, she also taught photography classes at USC-Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry. In 2015, with the help of many talented community members, she founded the Yadkin Valley Community School. Kimberly is married to Joe Seipel-Parks, an architect. Together they have three boys, Josh, Henry and Eli as well as a goofy dog named Lola.
First Baptist Church Preschool – Lead Teacher
Crystal Artis holds degrees in Early Childhood Education and Child Psychology. Her experience working with children began in 1998 when she served on the Children’s Department Staff of the Wayne County Public Library. For 10 years, she enjoyed working at the library, promoting early literacy. After the births of her own children and spending time with them at home, she began working at the First Baptist Church Preschool in 2013. She is currently the lead teacher in the two year old class. Crystal also began an after-school tutoring lounge in 2016. There she finds it gratifying to witness children grow and increase their skills.