Our History

Our History

     The St. Paul Lutheran Preschool program opened in the fall of 1987 with an enrollment of five children.  The mission of the preschool is to let the children know of Jesus' love and to provide an enjoyable and educational group experience as a groundwork for future learning.  Kris Berger was the original director and, initially, the only teacher.  In 1993, a second teacher, Sharon Fraker, was added to handle the additional students.  Penny Randolph took over as a teacher for Sharon in 1997 and in 2009 she became the Preschool Director.  Kathy Schmidt eventually came on board as a preschool teacher when Kris Berger retired in 2009.  In 2017 Malinda Thompson joined our school staff when Kathy Schmidt left.  In 2020 Malinda then took on the directorship role when Penny Randolph retired.  In 2021 the Teacher Assistant role was created.  Krista Tharp was hired for this position.  In the fall of 2023 the preschool began to offer full day and half day options for students.  In January 2024 our preschool expanded to offer a second classroom and the hiring of a second teacher, T.J. Minx.  The preschool  is open to members and non-members.

Preschool Directors

  • Mrs. Kris Berger - 1987-2009
  • Mrs. Penny Randolph - 2009 - 2020
  • Mrs. Malinda Thompson - 2020 to present

Preschool Teachers

  • Mrs. Kris Berger - 1987-2009
  • Mrs. Sharon Fraker - 1993-1998
  • Mrs. Penny Randolph - 1998 - 2009
  • Mrs. Kathy Schmidt - 2009 - 2017
  • Mrs. Malinda Thompson - 2017 - to present
  • Ms. T.J. Minx - January 2024 - to present

Teacher Assistant

  • Mrs. Krista Tharp - 2021 to present