Preschool Staff

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Service Times:  Saturdays at 5:30pm | Sundays at 9:00am | No Faith Formation during the summer

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Preschool Staff

Our Educators

We Are Passionate About Learning and Playing

The staff at Christ Lutheran Church Preschool are nurturing and caring teachers who come to work every day to help your child grow in God’s love and grace. We pride ourselves on providing a safe, play-based learning environment and developmentally appropriate activities and curriculum to make the most out of the time your child spends with us. We follow the requirements of the state for hiring that includes reference checks, Child and Protective Services background checks, fingerprinting criminal background checks, and education credential verification. All of our educators participate in ongoing training including:

  • State and local child-care requirements 
  • Training in our standards and curriculum
  • CPR certification
  • Train in-depth on child-care and child-development milestones
  • Receive ongoing yearly professional development training

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Kathryn Singer

Director of Children and Family Ministry

Office: (317)-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Kathryn Singer came on board as our Director of Preschool in July of 2016 and officially joined the church in December of 2016!   She is excited to be a part of the mission of Christ Lutheran Church and Preschool and is passionate about working with children to ensure they have access to high-quality early childhood programs.  As the Director of Children and Family Ministry, Kathryn will still be the Director of Preschool, but she is also now in charge of Faith Formation events, such as Faith Growers (our Sunday School program), Vacation Bible School, etc.

Kathryn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (grades K-6) from Butler University and has had extensive training in both Special Education and Spanish. She has eight years of teaching experience, primarily in early childhood, and has also taught kindergarten and second grade in charter, private, and faith-based organizations. She has also had one year of director experience, having directed both an early childhood program and a kindergarten program. In addition to her nine years of experience in planning and implementing developmentally-appropriate activities, Kathryn also brings her experience in coordinating family and volunteer activities, and she brings four years of experience with the rules and regulations set forth by state licensing, Paths to Quality, and various accreditation organizations.

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Kara Richer-Carr

Toddler Teacher

Office: (317)-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Kara has a Bachelor's degree in Communication from the University of Indianapolis.  After graduating she worked for the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, in Lima, Ohio.  She has much experience working with children varying from babysitting, after school child care to a full-time nanny.  She has realized her passion is working with young children.  Kara enjoys spending her time off with her children and husband, cooking and playing lots of games.  

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Kim Kelly

Threes and Fours Teacher

Office: (317)-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Kim has a BS in Consumer Affairs and Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University.  After working 10 years in the insurance industry, she turned her talents and time to the children's ministries at her former parish in Wisconsin.  She taught in several capacities and then served as the Director of Christian Education.  Kim has received her Child Development Associate (CDA) degree from Ivy Tech.  She loves to read, play guitar, ride horses, and spend time with family.

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Debbie Leak

Twos and Threes Teacher

Office: (317)-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Debbie has a BS in Zoology from Butler University.  She worked for 15 years as an educational assistant in her local elementary school in Wisconsin before relocating here.  She enjoys working with children, camping with her family and gardening.

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K. Jean Runyan

Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

Office: (317)-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Jean has a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Indianapolis.  She worked in the world of finance for some time, but has more years of experience in education.  She has taught Algebra and ASL (American Sign Language), and has done private tutoring.  She is active in her home congregation, teaching Sunday School and interpreting sermons for the deaf every Sunday.  She enjoys spending time with her family.

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Wendy Svenstrup

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Office: (317)-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Wendy has a BS in Physical Education and Health (K-12) from Indiana State University.  She has taught in several preschools, including sixteen years at St. Mary’s Preschool in Lafayette, IN.  While at St. Mary’s, she introduced and taught the Zoophonics program, (for sound-recognition of letters leading to pre-reading). She uses this curriculum along with the Christ-centered curriculum here at CLC Preschool now.  She has also had several of her teaching ideas published in the premiere journal for preschool educators, The Mailbox Magazine.

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Desiree Woodruff

Threes and Fours Teacher

Office: (317)-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Desiree has a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Ohio State University with 11 hours of graduate school in Early Childhood Education.  Mrs. Woodruff taught for several years in the PACT for West Central Illinois program before having children.  She has 4 children, ranging from a senior in high school to a 7th grader.  She enjoys reading and scrapbooking.

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Tarla Serger

Twos and Threes Teacher

Office: (317)-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Tarla worked as an office manager for 20 years.  During that time, her daughter entered preschool and Tarla was so inspired by her daughter's teachers that she decided to work at the same preschool her daughter attended.  She has been a teacher's assistant for 9 years at her former preschool, and this will be her first year teaching at Christ Lutheran Church Preschool.  She enjoys spending time away from school with her family.  She has four furry family members (dogs), and enjoys spending time with her daughter at her horse riding lessons.  

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Lori Mieure

Toddler Teacher

Office: (317)-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Lori has a Bachelor's degree in History from IU Bloomington.  She has worked in many types of libraries and with with children.  She enjoys spending time with her two young sons, husband, and puppy.  She is an avid reader, movie-goer, and camper.

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Heather Kwiecinski

Toddler Teacher

Office: (317)-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Heather is fairly new to the Zionsville community, but has absolutely fallen in love with the area.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education (K-6) from St. Joseph's College in small town Rensselaer, IN.  Heather has 6 years of teaching experience including nursery age to middle school students.  She has gone through several courses and trainings in areas more specifically geared towards students with special needs such as Autism and Emotional or Learning Disabilities.  She has also been intensely trained in crisis interventions and behavioral management. 

In addition, Heather is a mom of a toddler herself.  She is an avid Disney fan who loves spending time with her family and traveling to take her daughter to pageants and gymnastics.  After being a stay at home mom for a short while, Heather looks forward to teaching little kiddos once again.

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Jessie Pike

Administrative Assistant to the Director of Children and Family Ministry

Office: (317)-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Jessie has a Master's degree in Early Childhood from Ball State University.  She has 9 years of teaching and administrative experience in early childhood programs and has a passion for working with young children and creating safe, loving, and family-friendly environments.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and hosting game nights.

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Megan Jungers

Toddler Teacher

Office: (317)-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Megan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Oklahoma Christian University. She taught first grade for five years while residing in Colorado and then moved to Carmel and taught here in the Zionsville School District for three years.  After having two children and moving to Boston for a couple of years and then moving back, she was anxious to be back in the classroom teaching again.  In her free time, Megan enjoys running and loves to spend time exercising and playing outside with her family on the weekends.  She was raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and she is a huge Oklahoma State Cowboys fan, but loves the Big 12 sports!