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 fourth grade at St. James and a neice (Alyssa) in eleventh grade at Delphi High School.  They have a boxer beagle named Rocky who rounds out the household. In addition to family and church, Mrs. Caylor loves reading, chocolate, and Starbucks. 

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DeBlieck, Morgan
Preschool 3's Teacher

This will be my first year teaching at St. James and 6th year teaching preschool. I am originally from Sleepy Hollow, IL and I graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a Bachelor's in Education. My husband, Jared, is the Associate Pastor at University Lutheran, and we have 2 daughters, Lillian & Iris, who will attend St. James' preschool classes.  When I am not teaching and spending time with my family, I enjoy trips to local coffee shops, watching Blackhawks hockey, and being crafty. 

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

Lindsey Eggold was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She married her high school sweetheart, Danny in 2000 and in the years since has been blessed with four children-ages 15, 13, 10, and 4. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Valparaiso University 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. The last three years she has been working at St. James as a lead teacher. She enjoys running, camping, gardening, and teaching children!

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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Hamilton, Mariha
Preschool 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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Howard, Cindy
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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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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Lucies, Tonya

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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McQuinn, Cassie
Preschool 2'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.

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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.

Nihart, Alyssa
Toddler Room Aide

Hello! My name is Alyssa Nihart and I am going to be working afternoons in the green room for a second year this fall. Last year with the kiddos was a blast and I’m so happy to be back again. I have worked in childcare for 5 years now and absolutely love seeing the progress that the children make from the beginning to the end. 
This fall I will also be attending Ivy Tech! In my off time I enjoy painting, attending concerts, staying active outdoors, going to the gym and spending time with my family. 
I feel so blessed and honored to be able to take care of your family’s little pride and joys! I am a new mother and have my own baby here at St. James as well. She loves it here and is very comfortable! I now know how hard it can be to be away from your child and how much you need to be able to trust in your child’s caregiver. 
I can’t wait to have a creative, fun-filled and safe school year! :)

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Sattgast, Mandy
Preschool 2 Aide

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.

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Zumbuhl, Abby

Childcare Teachers

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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.