Preschool Staff

At St. Paul's Preschool & Daycare, we take pride in a well-educated and experienced staff who love children!

  • Jill hardin

    Preschool Director

    director of Christian Education

    Jill is from Jefferson City, Missouri, and received her B.A. in Theology and Director of Christian Education Certification from Concordia University, Nebraska, where she met her husband David. Jill served congregations in both California and Texas before marrying David.  While their three children were young, she ran a photography business and volunteered in youth ministry and Christian education programs. In addition to leading programs in youth, family and women's ministries, Jill is one of the administrators at our preschool.


  • Ruth Kruithoff "miss ruthie"

    teacher 4-5 year class, "sonshiners"

    Ruthie grew up in Hawaii, and received her B.A. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the University of Hawaii. She has over 25 years experience teaching preschool and kindergarten in Christian schools. Besides teaching our Pre-K class, Ruthie plays guitar and leads music at St. Paul's preschool. She and her husband, Cary, have one daughter and two grandchildren.

  • Hilary dye

    teacher 3-4 year class, "bright stars"

    Hilary grew up in Arbuckle and completed her Early Childhood coursework at Woodland Community College. She has been a teacher since 2004, and has been at St. Paul's Preschool since 2006. Hilary has one daughter.

  • Hannah Melo

    teacher 4-5 year class, "sonshiners"

    Hannah has been with us for a year and is currently finishing her degree at Woodland Community College.

  • Sue Anderson

    afternoon teacher

    Sue received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Woodland Community College, and has many years of experience as a preschool teacher.

  • Lisa Gallego

    teacher 3-4 class, "bright stars"

    Lisa received her B.A. from Loyola Marymount University.  Before coming to St. Paul's, she taught preschool and kindergarten in Christian schools and ran her own daycare for many years.