Mother's Day Out Director
I am thrilled to be a part of the St. Paul staff as the new MDO Director. As a graduate from Millikin University, I have been using my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree to teach dance, music, and theatre to children ages 3-18 for over 20 years. I am currently on staff at the Professional Dance Center and Gateway Center for Performing Arts. I hope to combine my many years of teaching experience plus my creative, artistic qualities to continue to grow the already acclaimed MDO program. My husband Keith and I have 2 children, Cole and Lilly, who both went through the MDO program. During my children’s 6 years here at MDO, I worked as both a permanent helper and a Substitute teacher. I truly believe that St. Paul Mother’s Day Out is one of the best pre-school programs in this area. I feel so grateful to get the opportunity to continue the quality programming that has been in place for the past 36 years and to develop some new programs/traditions, as well!
Diana Haar- 2 yr. old class M/W/F (Purple Room)
2yr. old class T/Th (Purple Room)
I have been a 2 year old teacher at St. Pauls Mother’s Day Out since 2001. Before I taught at MDO, I was a stay-at-home Mom to my two children (now 22 and 25), who both attended MDO. I ran an in-home daycare for 9 years. I was a Girl Scout leader for 8 years. I am a member of St. Paul’s church. I enjoy crafting, sewing, and spending time with my family. I love getting to watch life through the eyes of 2 year olds, and helping them learn and explore new things.
Jennifer Hadley-4 year old lead teacher M/W/F (Yellow Room)
I am blessed to be the mother of 4 fantastic kiddos! Previously, I was a 2nd grade teacher in Savannah, GA. I hold a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. I started teaching at MDO in 2014. Prior to being a formal teacher at MDO, I subbed and worked as the teacher’s assistant during the years my children attended classes here. I absolutely LOVE teaching the Pre-K class! It is so rewarding to see these young minds soak in all the knowledge they need to prepare to go off to Kindergarten the following year.
Leah Beth Black - 3 year old class T/TH (Red Room)
I have been married to my husband, Marc, for 21 years and we have three children: Nolan, Carson, and Allie Grace. I have an Elementary Education degree and teaching certificate. I taught kindergarten through eighth grade talented and gifted for ten years in Belleville. While living in Texas, I also started and was the director of a mother’s day out program very much like the St. Paul’s program. I had the privilege of subbing for Mrs. Jeannine in the red room in April and May of 2018 while she was out of the country. I loved the opportunity I had to teach those little ones at MDO!
In my free time, I love to do creative things like decorate & do small remodel projects, crochet, travel with my family, do yardwork, play piano, and watch my kids participate in their extracurricular activities. Winter is my favorite season! My family loves all things snow related!
I am very excited about being a full time teacher here at MDO and all the learning and fun we are going to experience together!
Lynn McCullough- 2 year old class T/Th (Blue Room) 2 year old class Friday (Blue Room)
I have been teaching at Mother’s Day Out since 1988. I graduated from BAC/SWIC and worked in physical therapy for 20 years. After that, I ran an in- home daycare for many years. I have 3 sons: 31, 26, and 14. All three of my sons attended the MDO preschool program. I am very active with the youth programs at my church. I am a Nursery teacher, I’ve worked with VBS, Kindergarten story hour, and Play-N-Stay. I thoroughly enjoy teaching 2 year olds…watching them learn new skills and discover new things for the first time is truly a blessing.
Nicole McCullough- 4 year old lead teacher T/Th (Yellow Room)
I fell in love with the MDO program in 2008 when my eldest son was a student. Having a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and being a teacher myself, I had high expectations for a preschool program. MDO did not disappoint! Two more of my children have gone through the program since then and another will start as soon as she turns two. I taught 1st grade for several years until I decided to stay at home full-time. In 2012, I was offered a position in the 4’s classroom at MDO and taught for 3 years until I had my fourth and final baby. I took last year off to stay at home and am so thrilled to be back teaching the 4’s once again. One of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis states, “Children are NOT a distraction from more important work. They are THE MOST important work.”
Jeannine Young - 3 year old class M/W/F (Red Room)
I have been teaching at Mother’s Day Out since 2014. I love seeing life through the eyes of 3 year olds. Everything is new and exciting at that age and they are going through life like little explorers, and I get to be one of the lucky guides! I’ve worked with pre-school age children in a church setting for 10 years prior to working at St. Paul’s. I have 3 daughters, and was a stay-at-home Mom until all 3 were in school full time. 2 out of 3 of my daughters went to school here at Mother’s Day Out. Besides teaching, I also enjoy making jewelry and photography.
Tonya Hasenstab- 3 year old class T/Th (Green Room)
Since becoming a Mom in 2008, I have become somewhat of the "stay at home mom social organizer." I love going with groups of other moms and kids for hands-on learning field trips, or gathering play groups at the park for Easter egg hunts and other fun! I have always loved kids and have organized many children's events through my church, as well as co-chaired annual VBS programs for the last 12 years. When our oldest daughter began her 4 year old program at St. Paul's, I was not sure I was ready to let her go. We instantly fell in love with the program and the staff. Originally, we planned to only send both kids after they turned 4; but my youngest was so excited to begin, we enrolled him in the 3 year old class the next year. As it came time for our kids to move on to Kindergarten, I was genuinely sad to not have any more kids at MDO. I have filled in as a classroom helper and substitute teacher for the past 2 years because I wanted to stay connected with the staff/program. This fall, I am very excited to join the staff, working with 3 year olds on Tuesdays and Thursdays!
Lindsey Davis - 4 year old co-teacher T/Th (Yellow Room)
I have been involved with the Mother’s Day Out program for several years. I have two children who came through the program and during that time I worked in the classrooms as a permanent helper and a substitute teacher. I am so excited about joining the staff at Mother’s Day Out. I can’t wait to work with all the children and aid in their educational development during this crucial Pre-K year. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for 10 years and we have two beautiful children. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, bike riding and all things outdoors.
Kim Nunnally - 4 year old co-teacher M/W/F (Yellow Room)
I am excited to be the new 2-year-old teacher with the Mother’s Day Out program at St. Paul’s. Before taking this position I was the permanent helper with the 3-year-old classroom on Monday’s. For many years I worked in different preschools and daycares in the area while attending SWIC obtaining my Associates of Arts degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. I have been married to my husband, Brad, for almost 10 years and have 2 amazing children, Tristan (7) and Payton (3) who currently attends here. When I am not teaching I love to spend time with my family, watching movies and playing board games.
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