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.
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 12 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 elementary school, one is in high school, and one is at U of L. 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
My name is Lipara Winfield, and I have been teaching at St. Paul’s Preschool for 11 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 am happy to be the head teacher of the 5 day Pre-K class this year! 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 16 and Ben is 14. 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.
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 15th year as a preschool teacher and my 6th 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 boys. One is married and lives in LaGrange. The other is a firefighter serving in the Air Force. My youngest two are girls. Currently they are in middle 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.
My name is Linda Hartlage and I am a head teacher for our Two and Three-Year-Old classes. This is my fifth year at St. Paul’s Episcopal 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.
My name is Leah Zettwoch. I am one of the Three Year Old teachers. This is my eighth 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!
Hello, my name is Katie O’Bryan and I am excited to be the head teacher in our inaugural NTI Support Class! I joined St. Paul’s in 2019 as an assistant in the Two Day Two’s class. My husband and I have been married for 12 years and have two children, Lily (5) and Josh (2). This is Lily’s third year at St. Paul’s and Josh is starting this year.
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!
Hello, my name is Terra Vaughn and I am the 3 Day Pre-K teacher this year. I have been teaching preschool on and off since 2002. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Louisville. I was the Two Day 3’s and Three Day 4’s teacher at St. Paul’s back in 2004-2006, and then taught the 5 Day Pre-K class through 2010 when I had my first child. I remained a stay-at-home mom until the fall of 2018, and then I taught Pre-K at Little Flock Preschool until the spring of 2020. I am very excited to be back at St. Paul’s Preschool, teaching in my old classroom again!
I’m originally from Wisconsin but moved away for college. I met my husband, James, while at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. We’ve been been married for 18 years and have always loved to travel together. Now we travel with our daughters, Ireland (10) and London (9)!
I love teaching the little ones because they’re always so eager to learn. Helping them and watching them grow in the classroom is amazing!
My name is Shannon Zimmerman and I am the assistant in the NTI Support class working with grade school children and assisting with their online school day. I have three children of my own: Olivia (a class of 2021 Senior), Owen (10th grade), and Anna (7th grade). I have been married to my husband, Rob, for almost 21 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 and the NTI Support Class.
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.