Early Learning Center

Meet The Teachers

Our lead teachers in each classroom have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or a similar field of study with an emphasis in education.   This requirement is crucial to ensure our teachers have the background knowledge of child development, and provide a developmentally appropriate environment for their students.  Our teaching staff regularly attends trainings and seminars to continue their growth of knowledge in early childhood education.

 

Katie Palmer, Director

Katie Palmer is a Duchesne High School graduate who earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of MO- St. Louis and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Webster University. She has three children who have all attended the ELC. Katie has been the director of the ELC since 2011.

 

Dawn Hamilton, Infant Room Lead

Dawn Hamilton is a Rosati Kain graduate and holds a degree in Applied Science in Childcare. She has three children and teaches Catechesis of the Good Shepard at St. Joseph- Cottleville.

 

Martha Mendez, Toddler Room Lead

Martha Mendez is a St. Joseph’s Academy graduate who obtained both her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s degree in School Counseling with a certification as a School Psychological Examiner from Lindenwood University. She has one son who attends the ELC.

 

Courtney Adams, Toddler Room Lead

Courtney Adams is a St. Charles West High School graduate who obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development with an emphasis in Family Studies from Mizzou. Currently has a daughter who attends the ELC.

 

Elizabeth Wilhelm, Two year old Lead

Elizabeth Wilhelm is a Rosati Kain graduate who obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lindenwood University. She has taught in the ELC’s two-year-old classroom for 5 years and also assists Katie Palmer in the afternoon.

 

Adrienne Griesenauer, Two year old lead

Adrienne is a St. Dominic High School graduate. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Childcare and Early Education and her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Central Methodist University. She has worked in our 2 year old classroom since 2016.

 

Jennifer Sokolich, Pre K - 3 Lead

Jennifer Sokolich is a Francis Howell Central graduate who obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Ashford in Early Childhood Education and Administration. She has one daughter who attends the ELC.

 

Christie Seevers, Pre K - 4 Lead

Christie Seevers is a Duchesne High School graduate who obtained her Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Education from the University Missouri - St. Louis.