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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 van horn

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.”

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Infants: Cuddly Cubs

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june mccormickJune 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.”

faith garza Faith Garza, Asst Teacher

Highest Education: pursuing ECE in college

At St Luke's Since: 2008-2011; 2017

In Childhood Education Since: 5 years +

Birthday: June 2

"I love engaging with children and watching them learn, discover, and grow as individuals. In my free time I enjoy making crafts, baking, and exercise."

View the CUDDLY CUBS classroom page!
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Infants: Itty Bitty Jungle

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renee martinoRenee Martino, Teacher

Highest Education: Medical Assistant Degree; Group Lead qualified

At St Luke's Since: September 2014

In Childhood Education Since:

Birthday: September 18

"I love BBQing and hanging out with family."

tiffany calhounWenjie (Wenie) Chen, Assistant Teacher

Highest Education: Engineer

At St Luke's Since: January 2018

In Childhood Education Since: December 2016

Birthday: June 1

"I love working with children and my hobbies are swimming and badmitton."

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

Toddlers: Happy Hedgehogs

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danielle soremDanielle Sorem, 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."

AideRosealma Romero, Aide

Highest Education:

At St Luke's Since: May 2018

In Childhood Education Since:

Birthday:

 

View the Happy Hedgehogs classroom page!
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2 Year Olds: Curious Monkeys

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karen kramerKaren Kramer, Teacher

Highest Education: B.S. Family and Child Sciences

At St Luke's Since: 2008

In Childhood Education Since:

Birthday: October 26

Naomi Umber, Asst. Teacher

Highest Education: H.S. Diploma

At St Luke's Since: December 2017

In Childhood Education Since:

Birthday: February 21

"I enjoy playing with the children and reading to them. My hibbies are reading and writing."

View the CURIOUS MONKEYS classroom page!
curious monkeys classroom

3 Year Olds: Little Einsteins

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Hannah Grant, Aide

Highest Education:

At St Luke's Since: May 2018

In Childhood Education Since:

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teacherSabreen Banyokba, Teacher

Highest Education: Chemistry Science EQIT

At St Luke's Since: July 2017

In Childhood Education Since: 2015

Birthday: December 20

"I will be challenged to find new experiences to share with the children. I believe in guiding the children and I must take the time to listen to the children. I enjoy cooking and learning new languages."

View the LITTLE EINSTEINS classroom page!
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4 Year Olds: Star Buihlders

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lindsayLindsay Keyte, Lead Teacher

Highest Education: CDA

At St Luke's Since: May 2017

In Childhood Education Since: 2007

Birthday: September 11

"I enjoy working with children and preparing them for their future!  My hobbies are reading, cross stitch, and piano/keyboard."

lindsayJohn Britton, Asst. Teacher

Highest Education:

At St Luke's Since:

In Childhood Education Since:

Birthday: March 31

"I enjoy hiking, making music, videography, and photography. I like working with children because I like being able to teach them new things and finding their strengths and weaknesses."

View the STAR BUILDERS classroom page!
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Pre-K / Advanced Pre-K: Oustanding Owls

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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!

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Pre-K / Advanced Pre-K: Young Explorers

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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.“

teacherJudy Powell, Asst. Teacher

Highest Education: Pursuing CDA

At St Luke's Since: August 2016

In Childhood Education Since:

Birthday: October 12

"I enjoy dancing, singing, vacationing, and teaching children. I love building kid's confidence, integrity, morals, and preparing them for the future."

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:

substituteFranciscia Avila Popoca, Aide

Highest Education: B.S. Computer Science

At St Luke's Since:

In Childhood Education Since:

Birthday: January 14

"I enjoy teaching the kids new things and love playing with the children. I enjoy reading, walking, and sewing."

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:

colleen johnsonColleen Johnson, Aide

Highest Education: High School

At St Luke's Since: April 2017

In Childhood Education Since: March 2017

Birthday: August 16

"I love playing and working with the kids. My hobbies are reading mysteries and camping."

colleen johnsonAnnette (Bella) Petty, Aide

Highest Education: H.S. Diploma

At St Luke's Since: April 2018

In Childhood Education Since:

Birthday: June 29

"I enjoy knitting, being with animals, coloring, and relaxing. I enjoy working with kids because it's an important time of their lives and I help them grow and be a part of it."