The Pre-K Program

(4 years old by August 1st)

Class Time:

Monday-Friday 9:00-12:00p.m.
Monday-Friday 9:00-3:00p.m.
Extended Day: Monday- Friday 6:30a.m-6:00p.m.

Melissa Lakner : Pre-K Full Day Teacher

Melissa started with St. John’s Hilltop in the 2015/2016 school year, she took a short leave and has rejoined us for the 2017/2018 school year. She attended EHOVE Career Center for ECE and also Firelands Community College. She has worked with many different age groups through the years and really enjoys being hands on in the classroom. Melissa said,  “Playing and learning with children at the same time is the best part of the job. I love listening to the ideas and stories they share!”

Melissa Diebert : Pre-K Half Day Teacher

I began as a teacher at St John’s Hilltop Day School in January of 2017. I have my Bachelor’s degree from Tiffin University. I decided to to make a career change and pursue a life long passion to teach. With the support of my family I was able to do so. I enjoy and love every moment of teaching. I will be attending Bowling Green State University to obtain my degree in Early Education/Special Education. Have i said I LOVE MY JOB!!!!!


Brandi Menchhofer : Pre-K Half Day Teacher

Brandi began teaching in the half day Pre-K classroom in January 2017. I chose this career because I enjoy working with young children; they are fascinating to watch grow and they brighten my day.I have an Associates degree in Nursing. I left my position in Orthopedics to be a stay at home mom to our three lovely children in 2014. My family includes: husband Tim, children: Zach 7, Sydney 4, and Presley 3 where we reside in Perrysburg.


  • OPENING CIRCLE: The children will be involved in activities such as: rhythm and movement, sound/letter correspondence, building friendships/bonds, bible study, memorization, practicing listening skills, sharing words/stories/interests, literacy experiences (vast and varied), hands-on interactive experiences (cooking projects, science experiments), problem solving, using critical thinking skills. They will follow a routine, getting familiar with and comfortable with a schedule. They will develop a sense of being part of a group, build their self-confidence, and learn to appreciate and embrace the differences among them.
  • CHAPEL: Once a week the children will attend a short devotional story or lesson in the chapel led by either a staff member, pastor, youth director or the administrator.
  • WORKJOBS: Hands-on learning games, which promote academic readiness, are available for individual, teacher directed, and small group play.
  • FREECHOICE/CENTERS: Children engage in hands on developmentally appropriate activities across the curriculum.
  • SMALL GROUP/INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES: The teacher will assist and direct the group to focus on one or two specific skills (i.e. holding scissors, writing name, letter recognition). The teacher may also assess at this time. The teacher is able to determine the individual needs of her students and create learning opportunities to move them forward.
  • GROSS MOTOR: Running, relays, tumbling, recreation equipment, games, creative movement, and development of large muscles. Through a variety of games, music, and movement the teacher will plan daily activities that give children practice in cooperation, teamwork, large and small muscle development, participating individually and in a group, and being introduced to new games.