Our Staff

A good preschool program is determined by having a knowledgeable, caring staff.  Leo United Methodist Preschool is proud of its staff members.  The staff at Leo United Methodist Preschool in Leo, Indiana is dedicated to early childhood education and the well-being of our students.  Our staff teaches preschool because they really enjoy and care about young children. The staff views children as capable indpendent individuals who will thrive when given ample opportunities to investigate and make decisions while following their curiosity and sense of wonder.

Leo United Methodist Preschool's staff is well-trained in Early Childhood Education.  They hold preschool teaching certificates, Associate Teaching Degrees, Bachelors of Education and Masters of Education degrees.  Reading articles and books, in-service trainings and workshops/seminars on early childhood development & education ensure the staff at Leo United Methodist Preschool keeps up with developments in the field of early childhood education.  The one thing our staff has in common is their love of young children and their desire to teach.

Leo United Methodist Preschool Director Lori Bearman attended Concordia Teachers College in Rivers Forest, IL where she majored in early childhood education.  She also holds a preschool teaching certificate from IPFW.  Before becoming the director, Mrs. Bearman taught three & four year olds for 29 years.  She is very dedicated to the welfare and education of children and loves the rewards of working with preschool children.

At Leo United Methodist Preschool in Leo, Indiana, we feel that teachers and parents are partners in education.  We encourage parent involvement in many ways.  There are several parent programs throughout the year and many options to volunteer.

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Lori Bearman Director

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Kelly Hand

Admin. Assistant

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Kirin Kennedy

Kindergarten Prep Teacher

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Jeanine Carpenter

PreK Teacher

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Rhonda Huebner

PreK Teacher

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Lori Shindle​

PreK Teacher

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Jessica Simmons

PreK Teacher

& Kindergarten Prep Lunch Monitor

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GeorgeAnna Ashley

Early Learners Teacher 

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Jamie Slane

Early Learners

Teacher 

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Jennifer Racine

Early Learners Teacher Assistant

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Chantelle Huebner

Beginners Teacher & Kindergarten Prep Lunch Monitor

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Kim Burdick

Beginners' Teacher's Assistant

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Koleen Schlatter

Music Teacher

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Lindsay Schott

Gym Teacher

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Amanda Hanna

Beginners' Teacher's Assistant