Preschool & Childcare Staff

At. St. John Preschool & Childcare Center, we think you will find a heart for service and a passion for children in our staff, regardless of position held.  While all of our staff is highly qualified for what they do, they were also hired because of their personalities and love for serving children and families. We understand that you not only expect the best programming for your child, but you also want them to be cared for and loved. 

  • Kathy thompson, director

    I have been in the early childhood education field for more than 25 years. I have a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and two Master’s degrees in Reading Education and Early Childhood Education from UNI. 

    I came to St. John in July of 2012 to launch the childcare portion of our program and it has been a wonderful journey thus far with many more opportunities for learning and growth in my profession. I am blessed to be here to work with this wonderful staff as well as the children and their families.

  • Teri stuckey, 5 day preschool

    I graduated from Mt Mercy University and hold a degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading and Early Childhood. My teaching experiences include being a first grade teacher, as well as a preschool teacher and director. I am originally from Cedar Rapids and have been enjoying the Cedar Valley since 2010. The is one of the best communities I have had the pleasure to reside in! I enjoy walking my dogs and biking on the trails, going camping and spending time with my family.

  • Megan Lawler, 2 & 3 day preschool

    I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Elementary Education, with an endorsement in Educational Technology. I have been a part of St. John since 2012 and I absolutely love working with the children and families here. I especially enjoy the smiles, fun stories and unique challenges that each day brings.  My family and I enjoy traveling, biking, camping and spending time outdoors as much as possible.

  • Valerie kurth, childcare lead

    I graduated from M-F-L Mar Mac High School in 2000 and then went on to Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls receiving an Associate Degree. I then transferred to UNI and majored in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education courses. I graduated in 2007 with a Liberal Arts bachelor’s Degree. I hope to return to finish my education courses and earn my teaching certificate. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and boating on the Mississippi whenever possible. I love to spend time with kids! I absolutely love my job here at St. John. I love listening to music and dancing and I enjoy going to concerts with my friends.

  • Sandy Ferguson, Childcare co-Lead

    Coming soon. . . 

  • Natalie Julin-McCleary, Childcare Co-Lead

    Coming soon . . . 

  • Avery Axford, Childcare

  • Jodi Baudler, Childcare

  • Samantha Behne, Childcare

  • Jane Bentley-Gadow, Kitchen Assistant

  • Courtney Faeth, Childcare

  • Kirsten Guerdet, Childcare

  • Madelyn Hawley, Childcare

  • Megan Hermansen, Childcare

  • Hannah Husted, Childcare

  • Zoey Jones, Childcare

  • Becky Kniep, Preschool Associate

  • Sue Linck, Childcare

  • Makenzie Livingston, Kitchen

  • Sandy Livingston, Kitchen Coordinator

  • Anna McCoy, Childcare

  • Barb Meier, Childcare

  • Emily Petersen

  • Emma Ramsden-Meier, Childcare

  • Sara Schares, Preschool Associate

  • Niki Seaholm, Childcare

  • Amy Van Arkel, Preschool Associate

  • Olivia Vander Leest, Childcare

  • Heather VanEngelhoven, Preschool Associate