Preschool Staff

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

  • Jill Hardin


    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 also leads programs in youth, family and women's ministries for St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

  • Ruth Kruithoff "miss ruthie"

    Music teacher

    Ruthie grew up in Hawaii, and received her B.A. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the University of Hawaii. She has over 30 years experience teaching preschool and kindergarten in Christian schools. Ruthie plays guitar and teaches music at St. Paul's Preschool.

  • Hannah Melo

    teacher 4-5 year class, "sonshiners"

    Hannah has been with us since 2017 and has a B.A. in Human Development from UC Davis. She is the lead teacher in our 4s-5s "Sonshiners" class. Hannah is the guiding force behind our huge Preschool Learning Garden.

  • Laurie Stephens


    Laurie received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Woodland Community College, and has many years of experience as a preschool teacher, Special Ed. preschool teacher, as well as a para-educator with DJUSD.

  • diane kellogg


    Diane received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashworth University and has been teaching preschool since 2001. Diane joined us in 2021, and is a "floater" teacher for both classes.