MEET OUR STAFF

Lynda Klosterman

Preschool Director

Lynda has a Master's degree in Education and a Bachelor's in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has worked for the Lindbergh and Maplewood school districts for the last 30 years as a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher. She is a long standing member of St. Lucas and has volunteered in the church school and vacation bible school over the years. She has 3 children and lives in Crestwood.

Barb Coughlin

Office Administrator

Barb Coughlin has been with St. Lucas Preschool since February 2009 and provides support to the Preschool as the Office Administrator. She is married to Dan Coughlin and has 2 children, both of which attended St. Lucas Preschool. Barb is a member of the St. Lucas UCC Church, and enjoys volunteering in many aspects of the church. Barb has a BS degree in Marketing and has previously worked in College Admissions and Students Services.

Debbie Cliffe-Driver

Assistant

Debbie Cliffe-Driver has been with St. Lucas Preschool since 2014.  She is married with 3 children and has lived in the St. Louis, County area all her life. Debbie is also a member at St. Lucas UCC and loves to volunteer with Sunday school classes, VBS and other activities to help the youth at our church and provide support and care in Christian faith. Debbie's motto, “Find something positive daily and be grateful.”

Janet Wallinger

Assistant

Janet Wallinger has been with St. Lucas Preschool since 2014.  She has been married for 27 years and has 3 daughters. Janet is also a member of the St. Lucas UCC church. She has her MS in ME from Washington University and until joining us at the Preschool enjoyed many years as a "stay at home" mom. Janet loves working with the children and nurturing them as they embark on their journey of learning about themselves and the world around them.

Elaine Simon

Assistant

Elaine has been at St. Lucas for the last 7 years as a teacher and an aide.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Special Education. Before she had her children, she taught first grade at Seven Holy Founders. She lives in Affton with her husband and 6 daughters (who all attended St. Lucas Preschool). She enjoys being a part of the St. Lucas Community!

Kathy Hensler

Teacher

Kathy has been a teacher at St. Lucas since 1988.  A life long St. Louisan, she is the proud product of Cleveland High School, Mizzou, and Harris-Stowe Teachers College.  She has taught PSR at her parish for over thirty years.  Kathy has two children and seven grandchildren. She feels that working with the wonderful children, families, and staff of St. Lucas is a privilege and a real joy.

Vanessa Schwob

Teacher

Vanessa has been with St. Lucas since 2003. She is married and has two children, a son and a daughter. She has a BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis and is certified to teach both. In her spare time she enjoys reading and playing with her grandchildren.

Gwyn Nottelmann

Teacher

Gwyn has been a teacher at St. Lucas since 2004. She is married and has 3 children: Evan, Kristin and Kaitlyn. She began her studies in accounting at Southeast Missouri State University but switched her major to Education when she realized her passion for teaching. She earned her Associate's Degree with an emphasis in Education. Working with kids and watching them grow and develop is what keeps Gwyn excited for each new school year. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, making crafts, riding her bicycle and watching her daughter play college softball.

Kelly Blessing

Teacher

Kelly has been with St. Lucas since 2011. She received her BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Harris Stowe State College in 1995. Kelly was a preschool teacher/director for a small Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau and taught Kindergarten in Jackson, MO prior to becoming a stay at home mom. She has been married for 21 years and has 3 wonderful boys; Jeremy, Jake and Grant. Having had all of her children attend St. Lucas, she fell in love with the teachers, families, and the way her children were prepared for Kindergarten. When she was ready to go back to teacher, she knew that St. Lucas was the perfect fit for her.

Carol Huster

Teacher

Carol joined our staff in 2015 as a Hall Assistant. She now is the Assistant in the T-Th Intro to Preschool class and the Lead Teacher in the PDO class on Fridays. She has a BS degree from the University of Cincinnati in Nutrition. She moved to St. Louis in 2013 from Tennessee where she was an Assistant Director of her church's preschool for five years. She enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren who live in Webster Groves.

Becky Feliciano

Teacher

Becky Feliciano has been involved with St. Lucas for the past 6 years. She has played many roles; first as a parent, then as an assistant, Parents Day Out teacher, and for the last three years as a teacher working with three year old children. Becky has been married for 16 1/2 years to Tony and has a daughter named Grace.  She loves working with children.  Becky is very involved at her daughter's school and is also her girl scout leader. Becky has a BS from SEMO in Housing and Interior Design. She loves that she is one of the first people to introduce your children to preschool.  Becky loves working with the wonderful staff and families of St. Lucas. 

Lisa Quinn

Teacher

Lisa has a special education degree from Missouri State University. She taught in Lindbergh for the last twenty five years. She is married and has two daughters. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, gardening and outdoor activities. She is honored to be part of St. Lucas Preschool and the wonderful staff and families because she loves working with children.

Sarah Carasello

Teacher

Sarah has been with St Lucas since 2015. She has a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. She has two children, both of which attended St Lucas for preschool. She has enjoyed the past 6 years being a "stay at home" mom. She is so excited to work with the children at St. Lucas.

Tina Boevingloh

Teacher

Tina Boevingloh has been with St. Lucas since 2015. She is married and has two daughters.  Tina holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. Prior to St. Lucas, Tina was a preschool teacher for 7 years where she taught many different age groups ranging from two to four year olds.  In her spare time she loves taking pictures and spending quality time with her family.  She is thrilled to work with the children and families at St. Lucas. 

Christy Steele

Teacher

Christy has a Masters degree in Educational Administration and a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Christy taught second and third grade in the Rockwood School District for seven years and then decided to stay home with her three children. Two of her children, Jack and Halle, attended St. Lucas a few years ago and her son Jameson is currently attending. She was once a student at St. Lucas preschool herself! Christy is so excited to be teaching the green birds this year and is loving her wonderful classes!

Tonya Vavak

Teacher

Tonya joined St. Lucas in 2018. She lives in Oakville with her husband James, 3 children Megan, Adam and Jenna and tiny little dog Bella. She has a Bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Previously, she enjoyed working for many years with a non profit agency in their Recreation Services Department and spent several years working for Special School District. She is looking forward to a great experience working with children at St. Lucas.

Muffie Meyers

Music Teacher

Muffie signed on as our music teacher in January of 2018.  She has a Master's degree in the 'art of teaching', M.A.T., along with a Bachelor's degree in special education K- 12 and early childhood education for both typically developing children and those with special needs.  In 2017, after 40 years in the field of education, Muffie 'retired".  However, she was beyond thrilled when she saw the 'tiny job' opening for a music teacher at St. Lucas.  Now she can continue to share her love of music with children even in her retirement years.

Megan Rixon

Teacher

Megan is new to St. Lucas this year and new to St. Louis.  She has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M University and taught second grade for 7 years in Texas before she became a stay-at-home mom.  She is married and has three chilldren, Camden, Caleb and Caralynn.  She moved here with her family last summer from Texas and is enjoying the chance to learn and experience all the new things around St. Louis.  She is so excited to be working with children and their families here at St. Lucas and knows it's going to be a great school year!

Isabelle Christman

Teacher

Isabelle started teaching at St. Lucas in 2019.  She has a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education and is a certified teacher in Missouri.  Prior to St. Lucas, Isabelle taught at Lindbergh Early Childhood for 7 years working with several different programs and children ages two to five.  She enjoys being a part of a child’s early school experience and strives to help children develop a life-long love for learning and growing. Isabelle is married and has one daughter.  In her spare time, Isabelle enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her family and her extended family in Peoria Illinois. Isabelle is excited to join the St. Lucas family.

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