St. Mary Preschool is designed to promote your child's social, emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual development. The staff believes that every child is created by God and uniquely gifted with many capabilities which must be nurtured by family and community. The goals of the staff are to assist the children in learning that they are children of God, enhance a positive self image and develop basic social skills.
The preschool offers three-year-old
classes and four-year-old classes. The school year is from
September through May and follows the
Linda Sucheski has been the director who started the preschool in 1988 and taught the four-year-old classes for 14 years. She holds a degree in education and has done Master's work in preschool education.
Lisa Charpentier is a teacher of the four-year-old classes. She has a degree in education from Kent State University with a major in hearing impaired, Special Education, K-12. She has also done work in the Masters of Education Program at Kent State. Lisa has been involved in the preschool as a parent and has many years of teaching experience working with young children.
Kathleen Jaekle is a teacher of the four-year old classes. She holds an Early Childhood Education degree and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Kathleen began teaching at St. Mary's in 1992.
Marge Kenny is a teacher of the three-year-old classes. She has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a bachelor's degree in Business. Marge joined our staff in 2002 having previously taught preschool for four years in Chicago.
Chris Collins is a teacher of the three-year-old classes. Chris has a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology and began teaching here in 2003. She has been an active volunteer in the program while her four children were students here.
Anne Hoffmeister is the assistant teacher in Kathleen Jaekle's Four Year Old Class. She has a B.A. in Home Economics with a major in Family and Child Development. She began working here in 1999.
Mary Gallo is the assistant teacher in Lisa Charpentier's class. She has a degree in Fine Arts and began working here in 2007. Two of Mary’s children attended St. Mary Preschool and she has had much experience working with young children.
Michele Miller is the assistant teacher in Chris Collins' Three Year Old Class. She has a B. S. in Food and Nutrition and has worked here since 1995.
Katie Evans is the assistant teacher in Marge Kenny's Three Year Old Class. Katie has a B.A. in elementary education and taught first grade for seven years. Her four girls attended St. Mary Preschool and she has been an active volunteer in our program. She joined our staff in 2011.