Laurie Riley – Early Childhood Center Director
Laurie has been our Director since shortly before the ECC opened in January 2019. She earned her Associates degree in Applied Science with the emphasis in Early Childhood at Forest Park Community College. Her professional experience includes seven years working in daycare, caring for children ages infant through preschool, and 25 years owning and operating a licensed home daycare.

Laurie and her husband Dan have two adult children, three grandchildren and have been attending St. Lucas for over 25 years. When she is not working, she loves doting on her grandchildren, and maintains a huge collection of penguins as her hobby. Her favorite Bible verse is: but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” -Matthew 19:14

Kate Hoyt – Lead Infant Teacher
Kate was born and raised in a home daycare, that is where her love for taking care of children stems from. She started babysitting at a young age and then when she turned 18, began working in childcare. She has been a lead teacher the past 10 years for a variety of ages, including the Lead teacher at Trinity Lutheran, and Noah’s Ark Daycare. Kate has been member of St. Lucas since birth, and has been working at St. Lucas since 2019 where she became Lead Infant Teacher in 2020. In addition to her work life, she is a wife and mom to three wonderful boys. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking and writing.
Tamika Winston – Toddlers Lead Teacher
Tamika has been working with infants and toddlers for 11 years, and just finished her first year here at St. Lucas. When she is not at work, she loves spending time with her children and uses her free time reading books.
Natasha White – 2 and 3 Year Lead Teacher
Natasha has 14 years experience working with children. When she is not caring for little ones, she enjoys baking, crafting, and shoe shopping. Her favorite pastime is spending time with her husband of 18 years and 2 daughters.
Allie Pierce – 3 and 4 Year Preschool Teacher
Allie has been at St. Lucas for several years as a preschool teacher, which is affiliated with Word of Life School.  Before that she worked at St. Lucas in the Kids Day Out Program here for 5 years!  She received a  Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Webster University in 2015.

“I want to create a safe and positive classroom environment where students are given the opportunity to grow in their love of learning and love of Jesus,” is how she expresses her philosophy of education.”  My classroom goals are to help students grow spiritually, socially and emotionally while creating strong and positive relationships.”

She enjoys volleyball, reading, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Bible Verse: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” -2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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