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Staff

Executive | Cuddly Cubs | Itty Bitty Jungle | Happy Hedgehogs | Curious Monkeys | Little Einsteins | Outstanding Owls | Young Explorers | Star Builders | Additional Teacher's Aides | Chef

Executive Staff

Diane Fritz-Van Horn, Center Director, director@stlukeskids.org

Highest Education: Masters in Education

At St Luke's Since: March 1997

In Childhood Education Since: 1991

Birthday: January 20

“I hold a Master’s of Education degree and have worked in early childhood education for 23 years. As director, my ultimate goal is making our children and their parents comfortable at our center. Once that is achieved, real learning and growth can begin.”

“Our curriculum and staff ensures that learning is infused with fun. We provide the tools our students will need to be successful throughout their education. We also help them develop spiritually, socially and emotionally providing a great foundation for a lifetime of success.”

Infants: Cuddly Cubs

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June McCormick, Infant Supervisor

Highest Education: Child Development Associate (C.D.A.)

At St Luke's Since: March 1999

In Childhood Education Since: 1964

Birthday: June 23

“I’ve been caring for children for 49 years—before most of our parents’ were born!  Nothing compares with the excitement they show when they master new things. I love it when they crawl to me with a smile of recognition on their faces. Caring for infants makes me feel a bit like a surrogate grandmother.”

teacher Britany Maher, Aide

Highest Education:

At St Luke's Since:

In Childhood Education Since: January 2017

Birthday: August 6

"I enjoy working with children because of how they see the world with fresh eyes; everything is new and exciting!"

View the CUDDLY CUBS classroom page!
cuddly cub classroom

Infants: Itty Bitty Jungle

itty bitty jungle classroom

group lead teacher job opening hiring nowRenee Martino, Teacher

Highest Education:

At St Luke's Since: September 2014

In Childhood Education Since:

Birthday:

teacherDanielle Sorem, Assistant Teacher

Highest Education: H.S. Graduate pursuing Early Childhood Development with Special Needs Children and pursuing C.D.A.

At St Luke's Since: February 2015

In Childhood Education Since: 2011

Birthday: March 1

"What I enjoy most about working with children is the satisfaction from seeing the children learn and develop.  I get to experience their unconditional appreciation and love."

View the ITTY BITTY JUNGLE classroom page!
itty bitty jungle classroom

Toddlers: Happy Hedgehogs

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group lead teacher job opening hiring nowLauren Goldstein, Teacher

Highest Education: Studying at UCCS for Early Childhood Education; Child Development Associate

At St Luke's Since: August 2013

In Childhood Education Since: 2013

Birthday: February 7

"I love to watch children interact with each other and I love to help them grow and learn. Outside of work I enjoy farming and hiking."

 

Kyle, Aide

Highest Education: H.S. Diploma, Training Certificate in Business Technology

At St Luke's Since: April 2016

In Childhood Education Since: 2016 but grew up in and with daycare

Birthday: February 3

"I enjoy when the children run up to me in excitement every morning, wrapping their arms around me and say "Mr. Kyle" emphatically."

View the Happy Hedgehogs classroom page!
busy bees classroom

2 Year Olds: Curious Monkeys

curious monkeys classroom
teacherKaren Kramer, Teacher

Highest Education: B.S. Family and Child Sciences

At St Luke's Since: 2008

In Childhood Education Since:

Birthday: October 26

teacher Annalee Johnson, Aide

Highest Education: AAS in Pre-Engineering

At St Luke's Since: August 2016

In Childhood Education Since: 2014

Birthday: October 2

"I enjoy watching the children grow and seeing their personality develop."

View the CURIOUS MONKEYS classroom page!
curious monkeys classroom

3 Year Olds: Little Einsteins

little einstein classroom

ali howeSamera Yar, Assistant Teacher

Highest Education:

At St Luke's Since: August 2014

In Childhood Education Since: 2012

Birthday: January 1

"I love children. They make me happy when I work with them."


ali howeJordan "Spike" Dyer, Aide

Highest Education: Senior at Vista Ridge High School

At St Luke's Since: August 2016 (in Saint Luke's Youth Program for 4 years)

In Childhood Education Since: 2012

Birthday: January 9

"I enjoy working with the children especially since my goal is to become a youth minister when I finish college."

group lead teacher job opening hiring nowStephanie Plush, Teacher, Group Lead

Highest Education: Pursuing C.D.A; some college credits

At St Luke's Since: November 2012

In Childhood Education Since: 1989

Birthday: February 21

“I’ve taught for 23 years, and each day is truly a new day!  You never know what children will say. It keeps each day fun and rewarding.”

 

View the LITTLE EINSTEINS classroom page!
little einstein classroom

4 Year Olds: Star Builders

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LoriLori Stineman, Teacher, Group Lead, Advanced Pre-Kindergarten

Highest Education: B.S. Education

At St Luke's Since: March 2013

In Childhood Education Since: 1978

Birthday: February 6

"Working with with children is fun because 'light bulb moments' are the best!"

teacherJudy Powell, Aide

Highest Education:

At St Luke's Since: August 2016

In Childhood Education Since:

Birthday:

View the STAR BUILDERS classroom page!
star builder classroom

Pre-K / Advanced Pre-K: Oustanding Owls

miniature monet classroom

Tahara George, Teacher & Group Lead

Highest Education: B.A. History

At St Luke's Since: October 2010

In Childhood Education Since: 2004

Birthday: July 26

“I never tire of watching children learn and grow. It is why I chose early childhood education and why I am still in this career since I started in 2004.”

 

View the OUTSTANDING OWLS classroom page!
miniature monet classroom

Pre-K / Advanced Pre-K: Young Explorers

young explorers

Erin Woedl, Teacher, Advanced Pre-Kindergarten Group Lead

Highest Education: B.A. Philosophy with Early Childhood focus

At St Luke's Since: October 2009

In Childhood Education Since: 2002

Birthday: December 31

“I love coming to school every day because with these little ones, every day is new and exciting. I love sharing their experiences and feeling the love they so generously share.“

Zoe, Aide

Highest Education: B.A. Interior Design

At St Luke's Since: August 2016

In Childhood Education Since: 2016

Birthday: November 25

“I love children and enjoy watching them learn new things.“

View the YOUNG EXPLORERS classroom page!
young explorers classroom

Substitute Teachers and Teacher's Aides

group lead teacher job opening hiring nowLynne Bishop, Aide

Highest Education: B.S. Accounting, courses completed in safety and childhood development

At St Luke's Since: March 2015

In Childhood Education Since: 2016

Birthday: October 13

"I enjoy helping children grow and develop their skills. It is amazing to see how much they change over the course of a year."

group lead teacher job opening hiring nowDoris Kaltenbach, Aide

Highest Education:

At St Luke's Since: June 2015

In Childhood Education Since:

Birthday:

 

group lead teacher job opening hiring nowHelen (Go Do Cing), Executive Chef

Highest Education:

At St Luke's Since: August 2014

In Childhood Education Since:

Birthday:

group lead teacher job opening hiring nowEvelyn Sweeney, Aide

Highest Education: B.S. Fine Arts

At St Luke's Since: January 2017

In Childhood Education Since:

Birthday: January 4

"I like working with children because they are so creative."

group lead teacher job opening hiring nowLuci Heines, Aide

Highest Education: Associates in General Sciences

At St Luke's Since: January 2017

In Childhood Education Since:

Birthday: November 26

"Children are fun to be around!"