The Pre-K Program

(4 years old by August 1st)

Class Time:

Half Day Pre-K: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Full Day Pre-K: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Extended Care Day: Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Trisha Ashenfelter : Pre-K Full Day Teacher

Trisha started at St. John’s in the beginning of the 2016/2017 school year. “I have always loved teaching the little ones. Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be a teacher. The best moment is when they have that aha moment. It makes it so worth it in the end.” She completed her associated degree at Owens Community College in 2015.


Alesha Haines : Pre-K Half Day Teacher

Alesha started her career at St. John’s in the middle of the 2016/2017 school year. Before St. John’s, Alesha worked at another childcare center for many years, where she gained experience with all ages of children from infants through grade school. Alesha said “I

love seeing the light in children’s eyes when they learn something new, and knowing that I was part of the reason they learned that!”


Christy Donnell : Pre-K Half Day Teacher

Christy started her career at St. John’s at the beginning the of the 2019/2020 school year.





  • 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.