Mrs. Laird is in her third year as the Director of our Little Lights Preschool Program. She enjoys working with parents, students and the fabulous teachers at Little Lights. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a double major in Elementary Education and Child Psychology. Susie has taught 4th grade, 2nd grade, 1st grade, Kindergarten & Preschool. She and her husband Chris live in St. Paul with their four children.
Mrs. Dowell is our Care Crew morning teacher. This is her fourth year at Little Lights Preschool. Her son currently attends SJB and she is very involved with our grade school and extra curricular activities. She grew up in New Brighton and attended St. John the Baptist. Melanie's daughter and son attended Little Lights Preschool. She and her husband live in New Brighton.
Mary Ann Dircks -
Miss Mary Ann has her education from University of Wisconsin- Stout and worked for many years as a nanny until joining the Little Lights staff when our preschool opened in October 2001. She writes: I most enjoy being able to share and celebrate my Christianity so freely and fully at St. John's Little Lights Preschool. After so many years of incorporating Jesus' message into all aspects of the curriculum, I can't imagine guiding these little ones any other way. The staff of St. John's makes Little Lights a great place to be as well. I am truly blessed to be a part of St. John's Little Lights Preschool.
Julie Sawyer - Assistant in Miss Mary Ann's Class...
Mrs. Sawyer has worked at SJB school for nine years; she substitute taught in preschool and was a Jcare Supervisor before her current role as Preschool Assistant. Julie is a lifetime parish member and she attended SJB. She has her education from the College of St. Catherine. Her daughters attended K - 8th grade at SJB. She loved being a parent at our preschool and she volunteers frequently at our SJB parish events. She lives in New Brighton with her husband Jim and their two daughters.
Caroline Little -
Mrs. Little has been teaching in our Little Lights Preschool Program since 2012. In addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Mrs. Little has also earned a Master’s Degree in Education, both from the University of St. Thomas. She has taught at many levels, from Kindergarten through college, and is looking forward to a wonderful year at Little Lights. She lives in New Brighton with her daughter Ava and husband Andy.
Jennifer Livermont - Assistant in Mrs. Little's Class...
Mrs. Livermont has been an assistant teacher in our preschool since 2011. After growing up in Arden Hills and attending St. John the Baptist School and Mounds View High School, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from the University of Minnesota. She worked in Human Resources for 7 years before making the decision to be a stay-at-home mom. Mrs. Livermont joined the Little Lights staff when her youngest child started Kindergarten at SJB. In addition to her position with the preschool, Mrs. Livermont also serves the St. John’s community as the Sunday School Coordinator. She lives in Shoreview with her husband Greg and their two children.
Jolene Pick -
Mrs. Pick began substitute teaching at Little Lights and has been a part-time teacher since September 2004, when we added an extra preschool class. She lives in Mounds View with her husband, Tom. They have two children, a son and a daughter, who both attended SJB. Mrs. Pick has also worked at Messiah Preschool as an assistant teacher, as well as a volunteer. She has an educational background in psychology and experience working with learning disabilities and special needs.