Meet the Staff of the ECC

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Mrs. Amie Herrin
St. Gianna Early Childhood Center Director
aherrin@cathedralsj.org
816-233-9794

Degree:  I have several hours in ECE and Child Psychology as well as a CDA.  I am certified in Child First Aid and CPR.

Graduate of: Nevada High School Class of 1998

Experience:  I began my career as a two-year-old teacher in 2000 and then became a para for the school district in 2006.  I went on to become an Assistant Director for a child care center in 2007 and then became the Center Director of the program in 2008.  From there, I became a company trainer and a NAEYC advisor for my company in 2014.  I then became the Quality Advisor for a large childcare provider in 2020. 

Family:  I am married to my husband, Jared, of 2 1/2 years.  I have three daughters.  Dylan, who is 18 and headed off to college at Northwest in the fall to study enginnering. Elayna, who is 12, is involved in volleyball and choir.  Addyson, who is 10, plays softball, volleyball, and basketball.

Personal Statement:  I am so excited to join the St. Gianna team.  I look forward to helping the team enrich the program and be a program that offers an excellent curriculum and services as many children in the community as we can.  I am excited to bring all that I have to the team and work to make St. Gianna a place that children, families, and teachers alike can enjoy!

 

 

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Ms. Patricia Sample

Infant Teacher
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Mrs. Alexis Thrasher
4/5-Year-Olds Teacher
816-233-9794

Degree:  Cathedral (2009), Bishop LeBlond High School (2013), currently pursuing Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Childhood Studies

Personal Statement:  I love being at Cathedral and working with the kids, they are hilarious."

 

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Ms. Laura Schermerhorn

Infant Teacher

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Mrs. Tori D'Arcangelis

3-4 year olds Teacher

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Mrs. Nancy Sample

Early Childhood Center Program Coordinator
816-233-9794

Degree:  CDA, working on my Associate in Early Childhood; Infant and Child CPR and First Aid Certified

Graduate of:  Lafayette High School, 1996

Teaching Experience: 1996-1997, St. Patrick’s Daycare; 1997 to present, Cathedral ECC.

Family:  I am married to my husband, Shaun, of 8 years, and we have four children; Zachary, 14, Patricia, 13, Anthony, 7 and Maddisyn, 1.  All of my children attended Cathedral ECC.  I also have one dog, Rosco. 

Personal Statement:  Cathedral ECC is a great place.  All three of my children have attended Cathedral ECC from six weeks to five years until they started Kindergarten.  I call Cathedral ECC my second home.

 

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3-4 year olds Teacher

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Ms. Cheyenne Ward
1 year olds Teacher

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Mrs. Dina Sigrist
Preschool Teacher (3-Year-Olds)

816-233-9794

Degree:  BS in Personnel Psychology

Graduate of:  Missouri Western State University (1992); Bishop LeBlond High School (1988)

Teaching Experience:  Cathedral ECC, Paraprofessional with the school district.

Family:  I have been married to Brandan for 12 years, and we have two boys, Jackson and Cole.   Both of our boys attend Cathedral School.   

Personal Statement:  I love to see the excitement in the children's eyes when they learn something new.  I want the kids to love learning, to be silly, confident and know and feel how special they are!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPPORT STAFF:

Tammy Jiminez - Cook/Preschool Aide

Nathaniel Bentrup - ECC Aide

Destiny Lawrence - Kitchen Helper

Courtney Medinger - ECC Aide

Kayden Foley - ECC Aide

Presley Walsh - 2 year olds Aide

Renee Weber - Preschool Aide

Molly Zawodny-Walkup - Preschool Aide