Early Childhood and Childcare Staff

Early Childhood Teachers

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Beck, Jessica
Preschool 3's (Red Room)
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Bennett, Annie
Preschool 2's Teacher (Green Room)
 
Bishop, Sara
Preschool 3/Pre-K Teacher (Indigo Room)
 
Burkhart, Janice
 
Cari, Shaunna
Preschool 2's (Green Room)
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Caylor, Jennifer
PreK Teacher (Blue Room)

Mrs. Caylor was born and raised in Rensselaer, IN as the youngest of four.  She has worked at St. James since 2013 and is working on her CDA.  Mrs. Caylor has been working in the Pre-K room for several years and is excited to be teaching Pre-K with Mrs. Eggold this year!  Jenny and her husband Cory have one daugher (Baylee) in first grade and neice (Alyssa) in eighth grade.  They have a boxer beagle who rounds out the household. In addition to family and church, Mrs. Caylor loves baking, chocolate and Starbucks. 

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Eggold, Lindsey
Preschool 2's teacher (Orange Room)

Lindsey Eggold moved this summer from St. Louis, MO with her four children and husband Daniel, who was recently called to be pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Lafayette. She graduated Valparaiso University in 2000 and has mostly worked in publishing and early childhood in the years since. She served one year as an art teacher for K-8 as well as five years as a support teacher for various preschool programs. Born many years ago in Fort Wayne, Lindsey is glad to be back home again in Indiana! 

 
Goodman, Roy
After School Care
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Grott, Julie
Early Childhood Director

Julie has worked at St. James since August 1994.  She grew up on a farm just southwest of Lafayette in Warren County and attended Purdue University.  She and her husband Michael live on a farm in the northwest corner of Tippecanoe County which they share with three dogs, dairy cattle and a few sheep.  They have three children who have all attended school at St. James.  Julie is glad you are part of the St. James family.

 
Hamilton, Mariha
Toddlers (Yellow Room)
 
Heath, Melanie
Toddlers (Yellow Room)
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Howard, Cindy
Nursery
I'm a member of StJames Lutheran Church, and have been most of my life. I retired a year ago , after spending the last 30 years in the medical field, working in Labor/Delivery  unit . Along with my full time job, I worked as a clinical instructor for Ivy Tech in surgery with the students. I have always loved my job, but was lucky enough to retire.
 
I'm the mother of three grown daughters and seven grandchildren. My youngest daughter, Rebecca has spent most of her life at StJames!
 
I came to St James last Sept, and love working in the nursery. I love being with people, all ages, and especially the babies! I'm happy to be in a church setting and all the staff I work with.
 
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Knobloch, Jocelyn
Preschool 3/Pre-K Teacher (Indigo Room)

Jocelyn has been a part of the St. James family for 14 years. She and her husband Kitrick were both confirmed here as 8th graders. They married at St. James in 2009 and have three beautiful children; Adalyn (first grade), Hudson (Pre-k), and Owen(PS 3). She is the oldest of 9 siblings, so she grew up with a passion for helping children.
  This will be Jocelyn's first year teaching at St. James.  She taught at Village Nursery School for the last 2 years. Before that, she was a stay at home mom and nanny. She is looking forward to a great year at St. James!

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Knoy, Madison
Preschool 3's (Red Room)
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Richard, Hanna
Preschool 2's (Orange Room)
 
Sykes, Michel'le
Preschool 3's (Red Room)
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Talbott, Connie
Nursery

Connie has worked at St. James since October 2007.  Connie been married to her husband, Bill for 16 years. They have 2 children, Hannah 25 and Quintin 20, that attended St James preschool - 8th grade. Connie also has 3 adult stepdaughters: Patti, Ginger and Kelly. Connie has been a home daycare provider for over thirty years and has watched numerous students from our school and church families.  Connie also has a part time job at The Buckle doing alterations.

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Tarter, Barb
Nursery Lead Teacher

Barb has worked at St. James since August 2003, with three years experience in the ECDC classroom, one year in the Toddlers Childcare room and the remaing years in the nursery. Barb previously worked nineteen years as the director and assistant preschool teacher at another local church. She has lived in Lafayette all of her life. Barb and her husband Mike have three grown sons and six grandchildren, two granddaughters have graduated from St. James and one grandson is still attending St.James.

 
Thatcher, Cassy
Toddlers (Yellow Room) / After School Care
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Wollenburg, Quinn
Preschool 3's (Red Room)
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Ziegler, Rebecca
Preschool 2's (Orange Room)
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Zumbuhl, Abby
Preschool 2's (Orange Room) / Toddlers (Yellow Room)

Childcare Teachers

 
Bishop, Sara
Preschool 3/Pre-K Teacher (Indigo Room)
 
Bryan, Tasha
Toddler Room Teacher
 
Goodman, Roy
ECDC and After School Care

Roy has worked at St. James since August 2000.  He was born in Greensburg, Indiana, moved to Lafayete in 1976, and graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School in 1989.  Roy is a huge sports fan of high school and college sports.

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Grott, Julie
Early Childhood Director

Julie has worked at St. James since August 1994.  She grew up on a farm just southwest of Lafayette in Warren County and attended Purdue University.  She and her husband Michael live on a farm in the northwest corner of Tippecanoe County which they share with three dogs, dairy cattle and a few sheep.  They have three children who have all attended school at St. James.  Julie is glad you are part of the St. James family.

 
Prill, Mary
Nursery

Mary has worked at St. James since August 2012.  This is her third year working in the daycare program, but she served the congregation of St. James as its office manager for over 18 years.  Mary also worked at Purdue University for over 10 years.  Mary was born in Kankakee, Illinois and moved to Lafayette as an 8th grader.  A graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High Shcool.  Mary attended Purdue University.  Mary is married to H. Thomas Prill, a retired teacher from Jefferson High School.  Together they have three grown children: Cindy, Scott, and Laura, who all graduated from St. James.  Tom is also a lifelong member of St. James and graduate of St. James school.

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Talbott, Connie
Nursery

Connie has worked at St. James since October 2007.  Connie been married to her husband, Bill for 16 years. They have 2 children, Hannah 25 and Quintin 20, that attended St James preschool - 8th grade. Connie also has 3 adult stepdaughters: Patti, Ginger and Kelly. Connie has been a home daycare provider for over thirty years and has watched numerous students from our school and church families.  Connie also has a part time job at The Buckle doing alterations.