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 Norton, Director

Katie Norton 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.

 

Crysten Wappelhorst, Assistant Director

Crysten is a Duchesne High School and University of MO- Columbia graduate. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Development and Education in 2013. She has worked in the preschool setting for over 5 years and is excited to be with the ELC!

 

Sarah Klein, Toddler Room Lead

Sarah Klein is a St. Thomas Aquinas Mercy graduate. She has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. From 2008 to 2012, she worked specifically alongside children with special needs in both the preschool and elementary setting. She was excited to return to the field of education in 2017 with us!

 

Danyelle Jackson - Toddler Room Lead

Danyelle Jackson is a Francis Howell Central graduate. She studied early childhood education at St. Charles Community College before starting her own in home daycare specializing in birth to 24 months. She has two children, one who attends the ELC.

 

Martha Mendez, Toddler 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.

 

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.

 

Elizabeth Wasielewski, Pre K - 3 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 the Pre K 3 classroom for over a year!

 

Courtney Adams, Pre K - 3 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.

 

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.