And so together they created a school they loved...
PYC has a history of recruiting highly qualified, committed, and caring staff members. That, paired with the excellent leadership under previous Directors, Kie Zelms and Kim Lloyd, has created a solid foundation for our current programs.
Kristin graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. She’s had many different teaching roles in various schools across the nation, including public school elementary teacher, gifted education facilitator, PreK STEM/Math Enrichment teacher, Preschool assistant, and Toddler Time teacher. She has a passion for working to meet the unique needs of each individual child based on their learning styles, preferences, and ability levels. At PYC, she feels extremely blessed to be working with such a strong teaching staff and leads by encouraging each member to utilize personal strengths and talents to then collaborate as a team. Together, they can truly shine! Kristin grew up attending Faith Lutheran Church as a child and has returned as a current member with her own family. She feels honored to now be serving in the Director role at Programs for Young Children. She is married to her husband Patrick, and together they have four active children ranging from toddler to preteen who keep them busy running from one activity to the next!
Preschool, Playgroup, BabyTALK
PreK Enrichment, BabyTALK
Kacey graduated from Truman State University in 2009 with a Master’s of Arts Degree in Special Education. She began her teaching career at Valley Park Elementary in St. Louis County teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. After 7 years there she took time to stay home with her daughters Jovie (6) and Tessa (3). After sending Jovie to PYC she could not wait to join the teaching team in the Toddler Time classroom! Kacey and her husband Keith are on a slow but steady mission to take their girls to all of the U.S. National Parks.
Kelly has a degree in Elementary Education from St. Louis University. Over the years, she's taught Pre-K through 4th grades in Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee, including five years in St. Louis City schools. She feels incredibly blessed to be a part of the PYC Family - first as a PYC parent and then jumping on board as a staff member. Kelly and her husband have two children and an energetic pup named Cosmo. She's active in church and loves to cook, hike, walk, and read in her spare time.
PreK Enrichment Assistant
Stephanie started her teaching career at PYC in 2019. She first started in our Two Day Preschool Class as an Assistant Teacher and has now transitioned to assisting in the PreK Enrichment class. She loves working with children of all ages and enjoys seeing them grow into their wonderful personalities each school year. She has been married to her husband Chris for 6 years and they have two children, Olivia and August.
Fun fact - Ms. Stephanie is Ms. Susan's granddaughter. PYC teaching runs in the family! :)
Toddler Time Assistant
Erin grew up in St. Louis, has a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame, and spent over a decade in corporate finance before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Working with her own young children, Erin discovered the joy of teaching. As a long-time PYC parent, she became increasingly involved at the school - as a volunteer, a substitute and now, an assistant in Toddler Time. Erin and her husband, Colby, have two elementary-aged children. She’s a St. Nicholas parishioner, a podcast enthusiast, an epic party planner, and a loyal fan of the Fighting Irish.
April recently joined the PYC teaching team as an assistant after feeling called to pursue her passion of working with and teaching young children. It's been an incredible experience to encourage our toddlers to learn and grow through PLAY. Outside of teaching, April has been a hair stylist for 16 years, owning her own loft for four years. She has a daughter (15) and two bonus sons (18, 11) and married to a very God loving, wonderful man named Dustin. April along with her family and their four-legged babies love to camp, hike, and explore the U.S. in their Jeep.
Susan has been teaching at PYC since it first opened in 2002. Over the years, she's served in various roles including Preschool, Toddler Time, and PreK Enrichment Assistant. She is now our Godly Play facilitator, teaching our Preschool and PreK students Bible stories using manipulatives and storytelling techniques. Susan has been married to her husband Elmer for 56 years. Together, they have 4 children, 7 grandchilren, 2 great grandchildren, and another on the way!
Megan and her husband Peter have lived in O'Fallon for twelve years after spending a majority of their childhood and collegiate years in the Chicago area. They are proud that their four children Gwendolyn (12), Gabrielle (10), Colin (9), and Cathryn (7) are PYC graduates! Her past professional experiences include various roles in elementary and secondary education in Illinois and Florida, as well as a recent internship in cardiac rehabilitation at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She is blessed to be a part of the PYC staff and has enjoyed working with a remarkable community of teachers, students, and parents!