Teachers and Staff
The Ward Preschool staff are who they are because of those children who have taught them. Each staff member understands from experience that learning should be joyful, meaningful and playful.

The staff at Ward Preschool is comprised of rich and diverse, yet like-minded individuals who share a deep respect for children, their families, Jesus and each other. They possess a sincere passion for early childhood development and expertly guide young children toward independence, social competence, spiritual development, critical thinking and problem solving.

Each staff member continues to invest time and energy in personal growth and learning, and respectfully collaborates in and out of the classroom. All Lead Teachers are Early Childhood Teacher qualified in addition to all other degrees and certificates they hold. These are experienced early childhood experts who enjoy what they do and are committed to doing the job well.

Our staff-to-child ratio ensures a well-balanced program geared to a child’s individual needs. Children are encouraged to build positive relationships with their teachers and classmates. Communication between parents and teachers is ongoing throughout the school year, which includes parent-teacher conferences and assessments.

All Ward Preschool Staff have been trained in First Aid, CPR, and participate in ongoing professional development.  We are a State of Michigan Licensed Preschool.

Toddler and Two Fun Teaching Team

Kristin Wilson
Kristin Wilson

Lead Teacher

Nicole Kiefer
Nicole Kiefer

Lead Teacher

Carrie Waidelich
Carrie Waidelich

Assistant Teacher

Sheryl Picard
Sheryl Picard

Assistant Teacher

Three Year Olds Teaching Team

Angie McKee
Angie McKee

Lead Teacher

Amy Story
Amy Story

Lead Teacher

Jeanette McKinnie
Jeanette McKinnie

Lead Teacher

Kim Lipsky
Kim Lipsky

Assistant Teacher

Jennifer Putz
Jennifer Putz

Assistant Teacher

Jill Ehlers
Jill Ehlers

Assistant Teacher

Four Year Olds Teaching Team

Kari Paluk
Kari Paluk

Lead Teacher

Kristin Rolfe
Kristin Rolfe

Lead Teacher

Kathryn Mueller
Kathryn Mueller

Lead Teacher

Debbie Males
Debbie Males

Lead Teacher

Carrie Sipple
Carrie Sipple

Lead Teacher

Shirley Shaw
Shirley Shaw

Lead Teacher

Kristin Wilson
Kristin Wilson

Assistant Teacher

Cathy Moore
Cathy Moore

Assistant Teacher

Angela Gairdner
Angela Gairdner

Assistant Teacher

Tina Ghannam
Tina Ghannam

Assistant Teacher

Stephanie Kuhn
Stephanie Kuhn

Assistant Teacher

Jill Ehlers
Jill Ehlers

Assistant Teacher

Young Fives Teaching Team

Kelsey Mangeni
Kelsey Mangeni

Lead Teacher

Liza Sliwka
Liza Sliwka

Assistant Teacher

Lunch Time Helpers

Joy Barr
Joy Barr

Lunch Time Helper

Carrie Waidelich
Carrie Waidelich

Lunch Time Helper

Rachel Nash
Rachel Nash

Lunch Time Helper

Tina Ghannam
Tina Ghannam

Lunch Time Helper

Amanda Walk
Amanda Walk

Lunch Time Helper

Administration Staff

Amy Werthman
Amy Werthman

Director

Juliann Sleek
Juliann Sleek

Director Assistant

Peggie Schoenfeld
Peggie Schoenfeld

Front Desk Staff