Meet Our Teachers

Our teachers each bring a unique background to share in their love of teaching your children.  Click each staff member’s picture to learn more.  Each teacher’s credentials has many levels.  Please scroll down below the staff members’ pictures to learn more about our teacher requirements.

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Erin Dykes

I’m pleased to say I have been working at St. Paul’s Preschool since 2008. I am thankful to have a position in such a nurturing and loving environment. In my 13 years here, I spent 10 years as the head teacher in the Three Day Two’s classroom, as well as a school-wide floating assistant.  I previously taught Spanish and held the role of the assistant teacher in the Two Day Two’s classroom. In 2019 I assumed the role of Director, and I’m very proud to be continuing the time-honored traditions of St. Paul’s Preschool. I am a married mother of three children. One is in middle school, one is in high school, and one is a skilled trade apprentice.  All three are graduates of St. Paul’s, and I am as well! 

I was born and raised here in Louisville. I’m happy to both raise my family here, as well as help to continue to promote St. Paul’s strong tradition in Louisville. I earned my B.A. from Bellarmine University with a major in English and minors in French and Philosophy. Prior to working at St. Paul’s, I worked for my family’s manufacturing business in Accounting/ Logistics/Operations, and I have substituted in the JCPS system as well. I enjoy cooking and baking, gardening, camping, and above all, spending time with my family. 

I truly enjoy working with the children in our program as they begin and then continue what is often their first social experience outside of their own homes. It is my privilege to earn the trust and friendship of the children and their families as we navigate each school year with new friends and new experiences.

Erin Dykes, Director

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Pamella Harp

My name is Pamella Harp, and finding St. Paul’s Preschool has been my joy.  I love being the music teacher.  I have the BEST job at St. Paul’s.  I have the privilege of working with all of the children.  I get to see them smile, dance, be silly, learn, and grow.  This will be my 16th year as a preschool teacher and my 7th year at St. Paul’s. 

When I am not singing and dancing with preschoolers, I am a mom to 4 children.  My oldest two are both married.  My youngest two are in middle and high school.  The big difference in their ages has really kept me young at heart.

Currently I am enrolled and pursuing higher education.  I have become aware of how important time management is.  In order to fit everything in a day, I have to put the most important things first.  I love coming to work everyday.  It’s really not work since I love what I do.

Pamella Harp, Assistant Director

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Lipara Winfield

My name is Lipara Winfield, and I have been teaching at St. Paul’s Preschool for 12 years as the head teacher of the 3 day Pre-K class.  I have also taught in the 2 Year Old class and the 3 Year Old class within this time.  I’m a native of West Virginia, but I have lived in Louisville for the past 20+ years.  I earned a B.A. in Education from Centre College in Danville, KY, and a M.Ed. from the University of Louisville. Prior to coming to St. Paul’s Preschool, I taught first grade for 7 years in JCPS.  My husband and I have 2 children. Madi is 17 and Ben is 15. They are both alums of St. Paul’s. As a family, we enjoy cheering on the Cards. I also enjoy cooking, decorating, and watching the Food Network.  

Lipara Winfield

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Suzanne Hanks

Hi!  My name is Suzanne Hanks and I am the T/Th Twos Assistant Teacher.  I am a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, and have worked at St. Paul’s Preschool since 2010.

My husband John and I have been married for 29 years.  We have three grown children:  Dylan, Bailey, and Carly.  I love being a part of the St. Paul’s Preschool community.  The children and families are wonderful, as well as my fellow staff members.

In my free time I enjoy swimming, power walking, spending time with my family, and walking my dog, Buddy.  I love being a teacher in the Twos classroom.  It is full of happy moments and new discoveries.

Suzanne Hanks

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Leah Zettwoch

My name is Leah Zettwoch.  I am one of the Three Year Old teachers.  This is my ninth year teaching here at St. Paul’s Preschool, but my journey here started as a parent.  I have two boys who attended preschool here and I know how wonderful our little school is from both perspectives.  I grew up in Bardstown, KY and moved to Louisville when I started college and earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture at UofL.  I look forward to another great school year!

Leah Zettwoch

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Linda Hartlage

My name is Linda Hartlage and I am a head teacher for two of our Three-Year-Old classes.  This is my sixth year at St. Paul’s Preschool.  I taught preschool previously for eight years at Suburban Christian Preschool and St. Thomas Episcopal Preschool. I have an early childhood accreditation received from 4-C here in Louisville.   I am the mother of two grown boys.  I’m originally from southern Indiana but have lived in Louisville for thirty years and consider it my home.

Linda Hartlage

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Katie O'Bryan

Hello, my name is Katie O’Bryan and I joined St. Paul’s in 2019 as an assistant in the Two Day Two’s class.  Last year I was the lead teacher in our Non-Traditional Instruction class.  This year, I am happy to be leading the 5 Day Pre-K class.  My husband and I have been married for 13 years and have two children, Lily (6) and Josh (3). Lily is a St. Paul’s graduate and Josh is in the three year old program.

Prior to joining St. Paul’s staff, I was an instructor at Uptown Art where I worked with both children and adults.  I also serve as the Tutoring Coordinator at Centerstone, where I match volunteers with children ages 6-18 in need of educational assistance.  Both positions have given me the opportunity to teach and encourage children. I look forward to bringing those skills and lessons into the classroom at St. Paul’s!

Katie O’Bryan

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Rachel Raufeisen

Hello! My name is Rachel Raufeisen and you’ll find me in the 5 Day Pre-K classroom on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays as the assistant teacher.

My family joined the St. Paul’s family when we enrolled our daughter and then our two sons.  Now I enjoy coming to work at St. Paul’s.  This will be my fourth year here.  Outside of St. Paul’s I enjoy gardening, crafting, and drinking coffee.

I have Associates Degrees in Interior Design and Architectural CAD from Louisville Technical Institute.  I worked various jobs in the commercial design field before becoming a stay-at-home mom.  I look forward to learning with your little ones!

Rachel Raufeisen

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Shannon Zimmerman

My name is Shannon Zimmerman and I am the assistant in the Two Day Twos class.  Last year I was one of the teachers in the Non-Traditional Instruction class.   I have three children of my own:  Olivia (a class of 2021 graduate), Owen (11th grade), and Anna (8th grade).  I have been married to my husband, Rob, for almost 22 years.  I moved to Louisville from western Kentucky.  I grew up in Hopkinsville and attended Murray State University, where I earned a B.S. in Advertising and Marketing.  I have lived in Louisville since 1994 after also living in Nashville and southern California.    I am a photographer by trade and enjoy anything outdoors.

My most recent work experience was for a non-profit in Development, where I raised funds for an organization that offered therapy services to children and families with special needs.  I have a passion for helping children to live their best lives by meeting them where they are and helping them to be their best selves.  I am excited to have this opportunity to work with the staff, children, and families of St. Paul’s Preschool.

Shannon Zimmerman

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Veronica Kemper

My name is Veronica Kemper and I am excited to be returning to St. Paul’s Preschool.  Previously, I was a co-teacher in the Three Day Twos class and I look forward to joining this year as an assistant teacher in the 5 Day Pre-K.

My husband and I have four boys and three of them attended St. Paul’s!  St. Paul’s has a special place in my heart and I’m so grateful to be a part of this wonderful team of teachers.

In the past, I have worked at various child care centers and held positions as a nanny and as an after school program coordinator.  After starting my family, I stayed home for several years and I enjoyed watching my family grow.  I feel my background is a perfect fit for being in the classroom.  I look forward to getting to know you and your children and enjoying this year together.

Veronica Kemper

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Stephanie Armstrong

Hello, my name is Stephanie Armstrong.  This is my very first year teaching at St. Paul’s.  I am the lead teacher in BOTH the 3 Day and 2 Day Two Year Old classes.

My husband and I have been married for 9 years and have two boys, ages 5 and 7.  We have lived in Louisville for 5 1/2 years.  I have enjoyed the southern Christian hospitality and the conveniences of living in a larger city.  I grew up in upstate New York, closer to Canada than the big city!

I have a B.A. in Art Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho.  For the past 7 years I have been a stay-at-home mom and worked with my boys in a home school preschool environment up to and through Non-Traditional Instruction last year with my kindergartner.

Some of my hobbies are interior design, cooking, cleaning, and crafting.

Stephanie Armstrong

Staff Requirements

It is the intent of St. Paul’s Preschool to select staff members that are well-qualified and eager to meet and uphold the mission of our school.   Interviews, personal and professional background checks, and criminal background investigations are part of our hiring process.

St. Paul’s Preschool strives to hire individuals who hold degrees in the fields of early childhood education, elementary education, or certificates of child development.  However, some of our best teachers come to us without these credentials. Please know that our candidates must be committed to providing a loving and nurturing environment for young children. Head teachers in our Pre-K programs are required to hold degrees in education.  

All staff are required to attend 15 hours of professional early childhood development training annually.  Professional development includes structured teaching and learning experiences to support the acquisition of knowledge and skills and the implementation of knowledge and skills in the class environment.  

Upon hiring, all staff members must complete 6 hours of mandated Early Childhood Orientation.  This training consists of three modules:

  • Health, safety, and sanitation 
  • Recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect 
  • Recommended practices in early care and education 

Staff members are also required to take a 1.5 clock hour state mandatory Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma for Child Care Providers.  Annually, after the initial 7.5 hours of mandatory training, each staff member develops a Professional Development Plan to continue 15 hours of training each year.  The Director is required to obtain 21 hours of training annually. In addition, St. Paul’s Preschool requires that all teaching staff members be certified in CPR and First Aid procedures.

Because the safety of your child is our foremost concern, all St. Paul’s Episcopal Church employees are required to participate in training to supplement and broaden the child abuse awareness and prevention education provided by the “Safeguarding God’s Children” program every 5 years.

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