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Jessica Panitzke, Program Designer

My daughter and I in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

My daughter and I in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

We all have dreams, don't we? Some are small little dreams and others are much bigger. The Mornings with Mommy program started with a big dream of mine. As a newbie to Knoxville, Tennessee and to my church, I was itching to build connections with moms. Since I have an educational background (B.S. in Education) and am mom myself, I decided to put together a program that I thought moms would love. After launching the first session in August 2009, moms couldn't stop talking about it! Now after 5 years 650 different families have enjoyed the program here in Knoxviille alone! I never dreamed what plans God had for me from running the program to designing the curriculum. In the testing phase of the curriculum over 20 WELS churches launched the Mornings with Mommy curriculum. I am also thankful to my church- Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, for letting me implement my dream curriculum and funding the costs in running this program. And also to the many friends and churches who were the first to test this curriculum.  It's been a blessing to connect with moms in an educational playdate atmosphere and come out many friends ahead!


When I'm not immersed in everything Mornings with Mommy I enjoy other activities. Some of my favs are baking/cooking, hiking, water skiing, shopping, renovating, and just about anything to do with the beach! My husband is a pastor and we share our love for our Savior and the ministry. We met at our boarding high school and were cross country captains together. Now, after 10 years of marriage we enjoy our 3 kids and all the highs and lows that parenting brings.



Thanks for stopping by the Mornings with Mommy website!