Early Learning Center

Meet The Teachers

Our lead teachers must have extensive experience and education to teach at our school.  Lead teachers in the 2 year old through Pre K 4 classrooms are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or a similar field of study.   This requirement is crucial, ensuring our teachers have the background knowledge of child development to 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 in 2005 and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Webster University in 2011. She has three children who have all attended the ELC. Mrs. Norton has been the director of our school since 2011. In her free time, Mrs. Norton loves hiking, camping, and gardening.

 

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 been at the ELC since 2018. Ms. Wappelhorst enjoys kayaking and traveling in her free time.

 

Karen Fleming, Infant Lead

Karen started as a parent at our preschool 8 years ago! She is still a parent of a preschooler today, but also serves as our infant lead teacher now! Karen also has a son that attends St. Joachim and Ann Elementary School. Karen is a St. Charles West High School Graduate and holds an associate degree in Administration.

 

Jennie Hutson, Toddler Room Lead

Jennie started at the ELC in 2020 and has loved every minute of it! She enjoys doing arts and crafts with the toddlers and giving them lots of snuggles! Ms. Jennie is a mom of a 12 year old daughter and enjoys camping in her free time!

 

Taylor Dames, Two Year Old Lead

Taylor earned a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Missouri in 2019. She loves being playful with the children in her class since she is a giant sports fan herself! Taylor enjoys playing a variety of sports in her free time including softball and volleyball.

 

Courtney Adams, Two Year Old 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. She has two daughters and one son who attend the ELC. Courtney has taught at the ELC since 2012.

 

Sarah Klein, Pre K - 3 Lead

Sarah Klein earned her Elementary Education degree from UMSL in 2007. She has taught at the ELC since 2017. Ms. Klein has one daughter who currently attends the ELC. In her free time, Ms. Klein enjoys running and going to the park with her daughter.

 

Elizabeth Wasielewski, Pre K - 4 Lead

Elizabeth Wasielewski is a Rosati Kain graduate who obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lindenwood University. She has taught at the ELC since 2012. Mrs. Wasielewski has a daughter who attends the ELC as well!