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Preschool Staff

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We Are Passionate About Learning and Playing!

The staff members at Christ Lutheran Church Preschool are caring and nurturing individuals 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 that your child spends with us.  We follow the requirements of the State for hiring that include reference checks, criminal background checks with fingerprinting, and education credential verification.  All of our staff members participate in ongoing professional development, including:

  • Training in State and local child care requirements 
  • Training in Indiana's Early Learning Foundations and curriculum development
  • Training in First Aid/CPR/Universal Precautions
  • Training in Conscious Discipline (the social/emotional curriculum that we have adopted)
  • Training in other relevant early childhood practices

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Sarah Zell

Interim Preschool Director

Office: 317-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Sarah joined our staff in August of 2018!  Sarah obtained her CDA.  She has seven years of teaching/aide experience in elementary and preschool settings.  Prior to teaching preschool, Sarah was an aide for children with special needs in elementary (grades K-5) at Perry-Worth and Stonegate Elementary Schools.  The last four years she has been a teacher at Presbyterian Preschool Ministry in Lebanon, Indiana.  She has experience teaching children with special needs, such as autism, social and emotional delays, and developmental delays.  She has a passion for teaching young children and creating a loving, hands-on learning environment.

Sarah has two children:  a daughter in fifth grade and a son in second grade.  She enjoys watching her daughter play travel softball and basketball, her son play soccer and basketball, and spending time together as a family.  Her family is also very active in 4-H, including showing sheep, and Sarah is the Mini 4-H Leader for Boone County.

Sarah is very excited to be at CLC Preschool!

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Kara Richer-Carr

Curriculum Coordinator & Support Staff

Office: 317-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Kara initially joined our staff in January of 2016 as a Toddler 1 class teacher and returned in August of 2018 after having a child as a 3/4s class teacher!  Kara has a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Indianapolis, and many years of experience in child care.  Kara is always looking for creative and fun ways to educate children. 

Kara lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Neal, their three young children, and golden retriever.  She enjoys exploring parks around Indy with her family and creating art projects with her kids and students.

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Carolee Sanguedolce

Toddler 1 Class Teacher

Office: 317-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Carolee joined our staff in August of 2018!  She has a Bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University, and she worked for seven years as an Associate Teacher-Counselor for the special needs & autism population.  She has been a stay at home mom for seven years since her oldest child, Mia, was born. 

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. 

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Debbie Wilhoite

Toddler 1 Class Teacher & Support Staff

Office: 317-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Debbie joined our staff in August of 2018!  She has lived in Zionsville for fifteen years and has two children and two grandchildren. 

She is a Colts football and Butler basketball fan.  In her spare time, Debbie is a dance and pageant mom, and she likes to garden and decorate on a dime.

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Krista Sexton

2/3s Class Teacher

Office: (317)-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Krista has a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University.   She has additional educational credit hours from Colorado State University and a basic accounting certificate from Brigham Young University-Idaho.  She taught second grade until staying home to raise her family.  While at home with her kids, she couldn’t contain her passion for education in the community.  She served as a public library board member and secretary, volunteered at her children’s schools, taught children’s Sunday school, and even ran a preschool in her home.  

Krista and her husband, Tim, have five kids ages 4, 11, 13, 17, and 19.  They currently live in Zionsville, where the kids are busy in various sporting activities.  They love spending time together, especially having dance parties in the kitchen, biking, making cookies, and watching college sports together.

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Cheryl Gardner

2/3s Class Teacher

Office: 317-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Cheryl originally joined our staff in August of 2012.  She left for two years but remained a sub and is very excited to return and teach in the 2/3s classroom.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Tulane University and a Master of Science degree in Social Work from The University of Texas.  She worked as a psychiatric social worker with children, teens, and families for several years before having children. 

Cheryl and her husband, Frank, have three children:  a grown son who lives in Minnesota, a son who is a senior at DePauw University, and a daughter who will be entering St. Olaf University as a freshman this fall.  They moved to Zionsville ten years ago from New Hampshire and are still getting used to living without mountains and the ocean!  In her spare time, Cheryl loves to read, travel with her family, walk her Basset Hound, Lucy, and watch basketball.

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Erin Shafer

2/3s Class Teacher

Office: 317-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Erin joined our staff in June of 2019!  Erin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Indiana University.  After college she moved to Chicago and began working with children with special needs and emotional disorders.  She then decided to become a preschool teacher and found that was her true passion.  An opportunity moved her and her husband to Los Angeles where they started their family and then over to Vermont before making their way back home to Indiana.  Erin lives in Zionsville with her husband, 3 children (11, 9, and 6), and her dog, Ziggy.

In her spare time she loves to volunteer at her kid’s school, read, hike and go biking with her family. 

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Desiree Woodruff

3/4s Class Teacher

Office: 317-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Desiree joined our staff in August of 2015!  She has a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Ohio State University with 11 hours of graduate school in Early Childhood Education.  She taught for several years in the PACT for West Central Illinois program before having children.   She has 4 children:   one at Ball State, a senior and a freshman at ZCHS, and a 5th grader at ZMS.  

In her spare time, she enjoys reading and scrapbooking.

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Kim Kelly

3/4s Class Teacher

Office: 317-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Kim joined our staff in November of 2007!  She has a Bachelor of Science degree 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. 

Kim and her husband, Kevin, live in Zionsville and have three grown children.  In her spare time, she loves to read, play guitar, ride horses, and spend time with family.

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Wendy Svenstrup

Pre-Kindergarten Class Teacher

Office: 317-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Wendy joined our staff in July of 2009!  She 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.

Wendy and her husband, Mike, live in Brownsburg and have two grown sons and two granddaughters.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, hanging out with her girlfriends, exercising, and looking for new and innovative ideas to share with students.

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Jamie Roehlk

Pre-Kindergarten Class Teacher & Support Staff

Office: 317-873-3232 (Preschool Office)
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Jamie joined our staff in July of 2017!  She has her Bachelors degree from Indiana State University.  She has two teenage children. (A boy and a girl).  She has been a stay at home mom since they were born, but has done volunteer work at their schools throughout their years.  She decided now that they are older to go back to work. 

Jamie recently moved to Zionsville from Pike township with her family and they really love it here.  Jamie and her husband are third degree black belts in karate and we are Senseis.  They teach karate to children and adults.  Their children are also black belts and national and state champions.  They enjoy studying karate together as a family.

Her hobbies include photography and writing.