EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHERS
This is Miss Sam's second year at CCLS but her first year as the Lead 2's teacher at Prince of Peace. She is currently working on her masters in Education at Lindenwood University. Miss Sam is a CCLS alumna! She also coaches the 7th and 8th grade volleyball team. Miss Sam loves her home she found at Christ Community Lutheran School and her new CCLS family.
Mrs. Jessica Berner is entering into her 17th year of teaching. She is so excited God has given her the opportunity to do what she loves in a place that she loves.
Jessica received her BS teaching degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood and a minor in English from Concordia University in Seward, NE. Currently Jessica is teaching 4-5 year olds at the CCLS Glendale Campus.
Jessica was born and raised in Jackson, MO. She enjoys the company of her husband (Chris), daughter (Kirsten) and 2 cats (Misty and Luna) in their Wildwood home.
Know of any good hiking trails? The Berner family enjoys the great outdoors. They enjoy hiking, biking and swimming. Therefore, they spend much of their time in outdoor activities. She also loves both children’s books and a good novel.
God has blessed Jessica Berner in so many ways. Especially, with the honor of teaching children about Christ and all that He has done for us.
2-5 year Olds
Early Childhood EducatioN Program
Crestwood Campus - PriNce of Peace
In minIstry at CCLS full tIme since 1998
Bachelor of Science in Education, Masters of Arts In Teaching, 30 plus additional course hours
Holds Missouri S.tate Teaching Certifications in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education
Born and raised in St. Louis
Married to Greg BIckel; blessed with 2 sons, Aaron (CCLS '00) and Colin (CCLS '03), and a beautiful daughter-in-law, Charissa
Member of Concordia Lutheran Church.
Crazy about her grandKids! Aria, 2 years old and first year at CCLS, and a grandson due to melt NaNa's heart the minute he's born in March 2016
Personal Mission StatEment: It is my mission and desire to seek God's will in my life, to proclaim His glory, and to share His love in service to others
Likes to play, read, be outdoors, go on field trips, laugh, nap, snack, spend time with friends, and learn about Jesus
You will find Miss Meghan hanging out with the youngest children at the Concordia Campus daily.
Her journey to the Explorers Room began years ago when she attended Truman State University. After earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Administration, Meghan went into the work field for 9 months when she decided to switch gears and follow her heart. She then earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education and worked in fourth grade in Hazelwood and Bayless school districts. After that time she decided to stay home and be a mom. Bringing her oldest daughter to preschool tugged at her heart strings and Meghan once again returned to the classroom and hasn't looked back.
Meghan is very happily married to Mr. Rob and they have four children; Eleanor, Gabbie, Patrick, and Henry. You may see the boys in school or the hallways and can't miss the Greens when they travel in a pack. She is the happiest when she is out in the streets running, or at home snuggling, playing, or baking with her family.
Mrs. Hunt has been teaching at CCLS since 2013. While she has previously worked at other St. Louis preschools, this is her first school where she can teach the children about God! Mrs. Hunt feels that is the biggest perk of this teaching job. She also thinks giving and receiving hugs is pretty great as well. She started babysitting in her neighborhood as a young girl, and knew then that she loved working with children. Mrs. Hunt has also worked outside of a school setting as a private nanny. She has found she truly loves teaching the 2-year olds, as they have such an open outlook on life and are so teachable.
Deanna grew up in St. Louis and attended Word of Life Lutheran School. She went to Lutheran South High School, then worked at Lutheran Convalescent Home where she met her husband, Danny. The Hunts are members at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood. They have two boys, Parker and Peyton. Parker is an alumnus of CCLS and Lutheran South, and he now attends Fontbonne University. Peyton currently attends CCLS. The Hunts have a strong love for CCLS. Danny and Deanna love spending time with their boys and watching them play various sports like football, baseball, and basketball. It gives them great pride watching their oldest son, Parker, coach basketball. The family also enjoys going to local parks and the zoo. They are big fans of their local professional sport teams, and try to watch as many games as possible.
Jennifer Kaber is the Lead Pre-K teacher at the CCLS Webster campus. She was born and raised a Lutheran in St. Louis where she attended Emmaus Lutheran Preschool, Holy Cross Lutheran in the city, and Lutheran High School South. She continued her education at Concordia University Seward, NE. where she graduated in 2005 with a BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Prior to CCLS, Mrs. Kaber taught Pre-K at First Steps in Oakville, Pre-K at Christ the Vine in Herculaneum, and kindergarten at Messiah Lutheran in Oklahoma City.
Mrs. Kaber's husband, Tom, also went to Holy Cross Lutheran and is from St. Louis. His daughter, Lexy, is now a senior at Lutheran South, and her son, Braden, is a 1st grader at CCLS. They are all huge St. Louis sports fans! She also enjoys traveling with her family, going to concerts, gardening, cooking, and vinyl crafting.
Mrs. Kaber is so excited to be a part of your lives and to share the love of Jesus with all her students.
Miss Jenn comes to CCLS from Chicago, IL where she spent the last two school years as the 3’s teacher at a privately-owned therapeutic preschool. Originally from Cleveland, OH, Jenn attended Miami University of Ohio and went on to DePaul University where she received her Masters in Early Childhood Education. Currently, Miss Jenn is serving as the lead teacher in the 2’s classroom at the Glendale campus. Miss Jenn truly loves her time spent with the 2’s at school. She especially enjoys watching their personalities develop as they grow!
Miss Jenn has a large family and wonderful group of friends. When not teaching, Jenn enjoys spending time with loved ones, trying new restaurants, reading, cooking and being active! Miss Jenn is thrilled to be a part of the wonderful group of educators at CCLS.
Beth Kiessling is a Midwest native, having lived in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Missouri. Beth first attempted to follow her early dreams to be a marine biologist, but acknowledging that GOD is in control, followed her second dream of becoming a teacher. She attended Concordia University of Wisconsin, where she completed her degree in Early Childhood Education. In 2001, Beth moved to St. Louis, MO to work for the YMCA, but she eventually found her home in the classroom. She came to CCLS in August of 2006 to become the teacher of the School Day preschool class, a multi-age group of preschool children that she loves.
Beth has a life long love of sports, including football, baseball, gymnastics and NCAA basketball. Beth came to know her husband, Mark, through a common interest in college basketball. Mark serves as the Program Director for the LCMS National Youth Gathering. The Kiesslings do not have any children of their own, but are a proud aunt and uncle to 3 nephews and 1 niece. The Kiesslings are members of Concordia Lutheran Church
Miss Emily had been teaching at CCLS for two years. She graduated from Missouri State University with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. While studying at Missouri State, Emily worked at a preschool with children ranging in age from infant to 5 years old. During this time Emily solidified her love for working with young children, specifically infants and toddlers.
Miss Emily grew up in Sunset Hills and attended Lindbergh High School. During her free time Emily enjoys being in the outdoors and spending time with her family.
Lisa received her bachelor of science in elementary education from Olivet Nazarene University in 1992,and completed her colloquy at Concordia University, Chicago in 1999. Lisa has taught preschool in Lutheran schools in Michigan, Illinois, Colorado, and now here in Missouri at CCLS. Lisa has been teaching for 20 years.
Lisa's husband, Mark, serves as pastor of St. Lucas Lutheran Church in St. Louis. They have two children, who are both graduates of CCLS. Rachel is attending Concordia University- Wisconsin, and Jacob attends Lutheran High School South.
Lisa enjoys watching their daughter play field hockey, and their son play tennis. She also enjoys playing handbells, traveling with her family, and cooking and baking. She considers it a great joy to be able to share the love of Christ to her students.
Tina has been teaching for seven years, with the last two spent at CCLS. She earned a Bachelor’s degree and certification in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, as well as a Masters of Teaching in Early Childhood Education from Webster University. She has
taught mixed age 3-5 year olds and pre-kindergarten. She loves teaching preschool and thinks it is so awesome to share God’s love with the children!
Tina loves spending time with her family. Tine and her husband, Bryan, have two young boys, Nicholas and Dominic. She enjoys watching her sons play soccer, baseball and football. As a family, the Mellbergs love watching the St. Louis Cardinals. They also enjoy doing outdoor activities, amusement parks, and traveling to the beach. When she is not teaching, Tina likes to cook, bake, shop, read and host parties!
This is Miss Ali’s second year in the CCLS family. Last year she assisted the 1-year old room in the afternoon and is so thrilled to be the lead teacher this year! She graduated from Samford University, a small Christian school in Birmingham, Alabama, with a degree in Human Development and Family Life Education. During her time in school, she observed and worked with children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Miss Ali loves spending time with the 1-year olds, they bring so much joy to her everyday!
Miss Ali grew up in Ladue, Missouri, and attended Ladue Horton Watkins High School. She has two older brothers, an older sister, and a cute dog named Lucy! Miss Ali also has a 2-year old nephew named Owen who attends CCLS! When not teaching, she likes to spend time with family, friends and be active outdoors!
This is Miss Rothermel's first year at CCLS! She has a Bachelor’s degree in AA Child Care and Guidance and a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Southeast Missouri State University. She has worked with children from age infant to five years, but enjoys infants the most! From a very young age, she knew she wanted to work with children and has done extensive childcare for friends and family as well.
Miss Rothermel grew up in the Fenton area and went to Lindbergh High School. She has an older sister, an older brother, and a younger brother! She loves spending time with family and friends when not teaching.
Mrs. Starnes was born and raised in St. Louis and grew up on “The Hill.” She is from a large Italian family with over 45 first cousins. She is very passionate about many things, but Lutheran Education is on the top, and those around her know she can’t stop talking about and promoting CCLS! Mrs. Starnes also loves to play hostess to many school and social events.
Mrs. Starnes loves spending time with her family, baking and traveling. She is married to Kip Starnes, a former CCLS student and Lutheran South graduate, and they have two children. Their son, Carter, and daughter, Avery, graduated from CCLS and attend Lutheran High School South.
Claudia started out at Southwest Missouri State University and spent 2.5 years there until she realized that she wanted to focus on Early Childhood education. She found that Fontbonne University provided an exceptional program in EC. She graduated with a Human Sciences Degree with an emphasis in Family Studies. Mrs. Starnes was able to study both Project Construct and The Reggio Approach through practicums and internships.
“I hope to give children opportunities to develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and physically. I want children to experience developmentally appropriate activities. I want to teach them that Jesus is our one and only God. I believe that their early childhood experience is the building foundation on which all of their schooling will stand.”
I’m Ms. Christa. I started working in childcare when I was 18. This led me to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and an Associate Degree in Child Care and Guidance. I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in May 2013. After graduating I worked at Christ Memorial Child Care Center as an Infant/Ones Lead Teacher for 3 years. This is my first year at CCLS and I am so happy and excited for this wonderful opportunity.