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

    Teacher, 2.5-4 year class, "Bright Stars", Music teacher

    Ms. Ruthie grew up in Hawaii, and received her B.A. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the University of Hawaii. She has over 35 years experience teaching preschool and kindergarten in Christian schools. Ruthie plays guitar and teaches music at St. Paul's Preschool.

  • Corrie Upton

    teacher, 2.5-4 year class "Bright Stars"

    Ms. Corrie received her degree from Kaplan University and has been a teacher since 2014. She has worked with infants, toddlers and preschool age children, has worked in the Montessori Autism Program, and also with individuals with developmental disabilities with The Arc of Amador and Calaveras. She is the Lead Teacher in our Bright Stars class.

  • diane kellogg

    teacher, 4-5 year class, "Sonshiners"

    Ms. Diane received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashworth University and has been teaching preschool since 2001. She uses her vast experience in Early Childhood Education as a "floater" teacher for both classes.

  • Eridani Perez


    Eridani, "Ms.E" is currently a student at Woodland Community College and has been with us since 2023.

  • Sara Ramirez


    Sara has worked with us since 2022. She is a graduate of UC Davis majoring in Chicano Studies and minoring in Education.

  • Alma Mendez

    Afternoon TEACHER

    Ms. Alma is our Afternoon Teacher. During the day she works as a TK-2nd Grade Special Education Para Educator at Zamora Elementary.