About Us

The Academy of Versailles United Methodist Church

 The Academy pre-school opened its doors in 1997 as a ministry of the Versailles United Methodist Church to provide the community with a Christian based educational child care facility.

We are a licensed and inspected Christian daycare and preschool offering a year-round program with hot meals and snacks for infants from 6 weeks to Pre-K aged children. In addition, our program has earned a Kentucky two star rating, and our staff is trained in first-aid and CPR.




The Academy creates a safe, loving, and caring Christian atmosphere for the children under our care. By REACHING out to children and families who are far from God, helping those children and families GROW up into passionate and mature followers of Jesus, we SEND those children and families into the world to be faithful disciples of Jesus.AboutBknd


Stacy Fugate has been working at the Academy since May 2005.

She loves working with children and the joy they bring into her life. Stacy graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. She has a degree in Corrections and Juvenile Services. She has worked at the Methodist Children’s Home and in emergency shelters for children. Stacy has been married for 12 years and has two daughters.

assistant directors

Penelope Ann (Penny) Jackson is an Assistant Director of the Academy. Born in Fourseam, Ky in Perry County and graduated from Dilce Combs High School. Penny has been married to Dan Jackson for  46 years in November. They have 2 sons, Daniel II and Jeffrey Neil, and 4 granddaughters.   They have been members at Versailles United Methodist Church since the 1970’s.  At the beginning of the Academy, Ben Hahn asked  her to volunteer.  Penny enjoyed working with the children so much that she asked then director, Tina Lewis,  for a job. Her hire date was September 11, 1998!  It has been Penny’s privilege and joy knowing all of the children and parents of the Academy over all these years.

Darlene Curry Sloan has been working at The Academy since 2002. Darlene received a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Education from Asbury University in 2002. Darlene has been married since November 2012 and has one stepson. Darlene loves children and truly enjoys seeing them learn and grow each day. In addition to being an assistant director, she also teaches the 4-5 year-old preschool class.