About NPK

Every day we work with the children to instill a love for God, for themselves, for others—and a love and curiosity for learning. We believe that compassionate acceptance of themselves and others can make the most impact.

Our Mission

Nativity Preschool is a Christ-centered, developmentally appropriate learning environment. We nurture each child’s mental, social, spiritual, emotional, and physical needs. Our preschool provides children a safe haven in which they will develop the joy of learning and a sense of community. Nativity Preschool teaches that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Friend.

We Value


Emergency plan and trained staff



We value clear and open communication



Doing what’s right even when no one is watching


Giving others the benefit of the doubt



A real connection with leaders and peers



Instilling a love for learning

Faith Development

Jesus is our Savior and friend



For our selves, our family and our community



Respecting our bodies and others

We love, learn and live in Christ.

Our Staff


Mike Natarella


I am both blessed and overjoyed at the opportunity to serve Nativity Preschool and Kindergarten as the director. My path to Nativity Preschool has been filled with wonderful life experiences, travel, and surrounding myself with some of the most inspiring students, parents, teachers, administrators, and professors who have all positively impacted my life. I earned my undergraduate degree in secondary social studies from The University of Missouri-Columbia (Go Tigers!), and my Master’s and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). I spent eleven years as a middle and high school teacher in Missouri, Paraguay, and Alabama. Next, I spent five years as an elementary assistant principal in Alabama mentored by two amazing principals who inspired and challenged me to always engage the entire community in order to maximize the potential of each and every student. I look forward to collaborating with the entire NPK family in order to continue to provide an excellent preschool and kindergarten experience for all of our children!


Margaret Lowrance

Assistant Director

I am so excited to be returning for another wonderful year at NPK. I moved to Asheville in 2004 with my husband, Matt. We have a 9 year old son, Beckett and a 6 year old daughter, Emme. Both of my kids attended NPK and as a parent since 2010, I immediately saw what a special place Nativity is. I began working in Early Drop Off and was then asked by the director to come on more full time. I eagerly accepted and quickly assumed the role of Assistant Director, which I have held since 2013. I am very dedicated to our school and excited to continue to support our teachers and staff, and most importantly the children and families at NPK!

Heather Shrader

Little Angels

Rhonda Barron

Little Angels

Meghan Meadows

Puddle Jumpers

Shannon Cheek

Puddle Jumpers

Malea Bastian

Busy Bees

Kelsey Youngblood

Busy Bees

Shawna Jordan

Awesome Owls

Wendy Ballance

Awesome Owls

Elizabeth Russler

Friendly Fish

Kendra Prast

Friendly Fish

Carolyn Anderson

Little Explorers

Kasey Gruen

Little Explorers

Riannon McNeil

Happy Hikers

Grace Bradley

Happy Hikers

Dana Marsh

Sunshine Kids

Stacy Byrne

Sunshine Kids

Maggie Anders

Curious Kinders

Katey Hallaran

Curious Kinders

Susie Heath

Faith Formation



Preschool classes are in session 9:00am – 12:30pm. Kindergarten classes are in session 8:45am – 12:45pm. We offer an optional early drop-off available at 8:30am for a small fee.


We are proud to serve both Buncombe & Henderson County families.


Children attending NPK must be of age by August 31st of the school year. Kindergartners must be five by September 25th.


Lunch is provided by the parents and served as a part of the preschool and kindergarten day. Please note: We are a NUT FREE school.

Tuition & Fees

$230 per month—2 days per week (Toddlers 15-24months & 2 year olds)

$290 per month—3 days per week (3 year olds)

$310 per month—4 days per week (Toddlers, 2 year olds, 3 year olds, 4 year olds)

$320 per month—5 days per week (4 year olds)

$340 per month—Kindergarten 5 days per week


Preschool Registration Fee—$75.00 per child
Non-refundable. Payable with the completed application form for each child.


Kindergarten Registration Fee—$125.00 per child
Non-refundable. Payable with the completed application form for each child.


Extra-curricular activities included: Spanish, Art, Yoga, Computer Pals, Soccer and Gymnastics and are offered after school hours. Your payment will be made to the vendor.


Hahn’s Gymnastics now offers extended care! Your child will be picked up every day at school at 12:30 and transported to Hahn’s. Parent pick up is at the gym at 4:30pm. All paperwork and payment is processed directly through Hahn’s.

Limited financial aid is available on a strictly confidential basis.
For more information, you may call the Director at 828.687.8381 or send an email to mnatarella@nativitypreschool.org with any questions or to set up a tour.