Early Childhood Staff

Early Childhood Teachers

 
Bryan, Tasha
Toddler Room Teacher
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Caylor, Jennifer
PreK Teacher

Mrs. Caylor was born and raised in Rensselaer, IN as the youngest of four and currently live in Delphi, IN. She has worked at St. James since 2013 and has taught PreK for several years. Jenny and her husband Cory have one daugher (Baylee) in fifth grade at St. James and a neice (Alyssa) in a senior at Delphi High School.  They have a cat named Poptart and boxer beagle named Rocky who round out the household. In addition to family and church, Mrs. Caylor loves reading, chocolate, and Starbucks. 

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Goodman, Roy
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.

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Hamilton, Mariha
Preschool Aide / Office Aide

Mrs. Hamilton grew up in a small Indiana town northwest of Lafayette and moved here 7 years ago. Her eldest son has been attending St. James since kindergarten and will be entering his 7th grade year. Her youngest begins kindergarten this fall and has been attending since he was 2 years old. Mrs. Hamilton holds a CDA in infant and toddler development and has been with us since the fall of 2016. She has worked in various Early Childhood classrooms during her time with us and loves bringing fresh, fun and new ideas to life in the classroom. In her free time, Mrs. Hamilton enjoys reading, cooking and gardening. 

"She goes about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks" Proverbs 31:17

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Kurtz, Morgan
PreK/3 Teacher

Hi, I’m Morgan Kurtz and I teach PreK/3 year Preschool (Blue Room).  This is my 3rd year teaching at St. James. I have been LCMS my entire life.  I grew up in Seymour, Indiana and attended Immanuel Lutheran Church and School through 8th grade. I went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.  I live on the North East side of Lafayette with my husband Kyle, and our four children who all attend St. James.  Wyatt is in the 4th grade, Bowen is in 2nd grade, Finn is in Kindergarten, and Georgia is now in 3 year Preschool.

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McQuinn, Cassie
Preschool 3's

This will be Mrs. McQuinn’s second year teaching preschool 2’s at St. James. She grew up in Corpus Christi, TX and moved to Indiana in 2007. She is married to Mark McQuinn they have two children together Mackenzy and Parker who are current students at St. James. She also has the privilege of being a Bonus-Mom to Marks 6 other children and has two basset hounds Maya and Madi. She previously ran an In-home Daycare in her home for 5 years. She enjoys spending time with her family, sitting on her front porch drinking coffee, going on summer vacations, and movies.

 
Morgan, DeBlieck
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Sattgast, Mandy
Preschool 2 Teacher (Yellow Room)

Mandy Sattgast is originally from Illinois, where she attended Concordia Lutheran School from Kindergarten through 8th grade. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Chemistry. She enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 sons, and 2 dogs as well as anything outside. She really looks forward to getting to know you and your child this year! 

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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 Daycare room and twelve years in the Nursery. Barb previously worked for nineteen years as the director and assistant preschool teacher at another local church. She has lived in Lafayette all of her life. She and her husband Mike have three grown sons and six grandchildren. Three of her grandchildren attended St. James.

Childcare Teachers

 
Fines, Madyson
PreK Aide

I will be working with the Prekindergarten students in Mrs. Caylor's room.  This is my first year at St. James.  I graduated from Rossville High School in June and am attending Ivy Tech.

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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.

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Lucies, Tonya
Nursery Aide

I’ve been at St. James for 3 years now, working with nursery and toddler aged children. I’ve lived in Lafayette my whole life and went to Jefferson High school. I live with my 3 daughters, ages 11, 9 and 3. I’m excited for another exciting school year at St. James!

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Michael, Tracey
Preschool 2 Aide

I work in the mornings at St. James with the 2 year old kids. I have a 24 year old son in the military and a 12 year old that lives with me. I love working with kids and helping them learn and grow.