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 have 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. This year 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, and two are in high school. 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 10 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 15 and Ben is 13. 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.
Hi! My name is Suzanne Hanks and I am the MWF Two’s Assistant Teacher. I am a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Communications and have worked at St. Paul since 2010.
My husband John and I have been married for 27 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 Two’s classroom. It is full of happy moments and new discoveries.
Hello, my name is Jennifer Dickerson. I am the head teacher in our Five Day Pre-K program. Both of my children and I attended St. Paul’s Preschool! This is my 7th year teaching here. I graduated with a B.A. in Economics (1998) and received my MAT (2003) from Bellarmine University. I have been married for 16 years and have two children, Nora (15) and Eli (13). Our family loves animals and the outdoors. We have a dog named Ruby, an aquarium filled with fish, and a bunny named Maize who sometimes visits our classroom!
My name is Leah Zettwoch. I am one of the Three Year Old teachers. This is my seventh 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!
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 14th year as a preschool teacher and my 5th 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 Three-Year-Old classes. This is my fourth 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.
This is my 4th year at St. Paul’s Preschool. I previously worked in preschool for JCPS for 6 years. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Sullivan University.
I have been married for 25 years. I have a 17 year old daughter who is a senior at Mercy Academy. I have a 28 year old step-son who lives in Florida with his wife and 3 children.
My husband and I are also small business owners.
My hobbies are crocheting, sewing, doing living history and volunteering. I volunteer at Historic Locust Grove as a customed interpreter.
Hello, my name is Abby Powers and I am the head teacher in the Two Day Two’s classroom. I am excited to begin my first year at St. Paul’s Preschool! Prior to working here, I have volunteered in children’s ministry for several years at my church and worked specifically with 2 year olds there. Over the last 6 years I have also had several nannying and babysitting positions with 2 year olds.
I am currently pursuing a dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Campbellsville University. In addition to being an after school tutor for first graders at Campbellsville Elementary last year, I also volunteered as a junior coach for “Girls on the Run.”
I am so happy to be bringing my experience with children to the classroom at St. Paul’s!
My name is Veronica Kemper and I am excited to be starting my first year in the Three Day Two’s room. My husband and I have four boys and have had a child (or two!) enrolled here for the past 6 years. My youngest is currently in a Three Year old class. St. Paul’s has a special place in my heart and I’m so grateful to be joining this wonderful team of teachers.
In the past, I have worked at various child care centers and held positions as a nanny and an after school care coordinator. After starting my family, I have stayed home for several years and I enjoyed watching my family grow. I feel my background is a perfect fit in joining the St. Paul’s Preschool staff. I look forward to getting to know you and your children and enjoying this year together.
Hello, my name is Katie O’Bryan and I am excited to be beginning my first year in the Two Day Two’s class. My husband and I have been married for 11 years and have two children, Lily (4) and Josh (2). This is Lily’s second year at St. Paul’s Preschool and Josh will be starting next 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!
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.