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​Director:  Laurie Aman  (  
My name is Laurie Aman and I am the Director at Adam Lamb Preschool. I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. After graduating from college, I worked for Rockwood School District teaching both third and fourth grade. In 1993 I earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Maryville University in Chesterfield, Missouri. From 2001-2004, I worked for Dardenne Presbyterian Church as a Mother’s Day Out teacher.  I worked in the classroom as a teacher for Adam Lamb from 2006-2019.  In August of 2019 I became the Director of Adam Lamb.  I am very excited about the new job opportunity with the preschool and working with such an awesome staff!  

I have been married to my husband, Greg, since 1992. We have two girls, Claire and Grace.  Both of my girls attended Adam Lamb.  So, when I heard that a job opportunity was available, I couldn’t imagine a better place to work. In my free time I love spending time with family and friends.  

Assistant Director: Sarah Ripka-Towe (  
My name is Sarah Ripka-Towe and I am the Assistant Director of Adam Lamb Preschool. I graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology where my emphasis in study was child and adolescent counseling. After graduating I accepted two job offers and went on to love them both for over 9 years. I worked full-time for the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery working directly with at risk children and families as a counselor before accepting the position of site coordinator for two of the SLCN’s nurseries. I also worked part-time for St. Cletus Catholic School as a social intervention specialist working with kindergarten through 4th graders. My passion has always been kids and helping them grow socially and emotionally. 

I have been married to my husband John for 10 years and we have two daughters, Vivian and Carolyn. I have been lucky to be a stay-at-home mom for the last 6 years and enjoyed everything that season of life brings. Both of our girls have attended Adam Lamb, with our youngest entering her last year as I enter my first. I served on the Adam Lamb Committee and whenever the assistant position became available I felt called to see if my talents could be utilized in this amazing preschool. I am so excited for this next journey and to be here with your amazing kids! In my free time I enjoy reading, crafting, and traveling with my family and friends. 

Office Assistant: Krystina Fox-Hunter (
My name is Krystina Fox-Hunter and I am the new Office Assistant at Adam Lamb Preschool. I have an Associates Degree from Fontbonne University in Business Administration. I previously worked for the Rockwood School District (7 years) starting out at Chesterfield Elementary, so I understand the workings of a school setting. For the last 19 years I have worked in the Healthcare industry. I really missed working in a school setting and feel really blessed to be working here now. They keep us young.

Being a single mom for 20 years, raising two grown adult children Matthew and Carrie (Fox), I married my husband Rodger Hunter in 2011. We have no children or grandchildren (something I hope happens in this lifetime). I have lived in St. Charles County now for almost 10 years and love it here. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your children much better as the school year continues.

Teacher: Colleen Durbin  (
I have been a part of the Adam Lamb Preschool family for many years, as a parent and as a teacher. My husband and I have two daughters who both attended Adam Lamb Preschool. My personal interests include my children’s education, soccer, nutrition, fitness, and any activities with my family. I graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a B.S. in Education, a B.A. in Psychology, and a M.A. in Education. I am certified in both Early Childhood Education and Physical Education.

It is my philosophy to meet the needs of the whole child in order to nurture the growth and development of a well-rounded individual. Learning through play is an excellent way for preschoolers to accomplish this. I believe it is my responsibility as a teacher to plan and implement age appropriate activities that will meet the academic, social, emotional, physical, spiritual and artistic needs of the children.  

For several years I balanced starting a family and my career, working part-time as a substitute teacher. I have taught at all grade levels in the local school districts of Fort Zumwalt and Wentzville. I gained invaluable experience along the way and it is a blessing to be a teacher at Adam Lamb Preschool!

Teacher: Tracy McDermott (
My name is Tracy McDermott. I graduated from University of Missouri- St. Louis with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood in 1999. After graduating, I taught two and three year olds for a couple years before becoming the assistant director of the facility I was at for 5 years. Then after getting married and moving, I taught pre-k for a year and a half at a preschool in O'Fallon until I had my own children. I have also taught Sunday School and volunteer in VBS at the church I was raised in and now here at Dardenne Presbyterian Church. In late 2014 I became a substitute teacher for Adam Lamb Preschool and then started teaching Lunch Bunch a few months later. I love planning activities for the children and watching them learn. 

My husband, Dave, and I have two kids that attended Adam Lamb Preschool. Meredith and Aiden now attend Pheasant Point where I volunteer to help in the classrooms and other school activities. In my free time I enjoy reading, crocheting, and traveling with my family. 

Teacher: Emily O'Brien (
My name is Emily O’Brien and I am a teacher at Adam Lamb Preschool. I feel very blessed to work at such a great school. I graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education. After graduating I worked for the Francis Howell School district teaching third and first grade. I truly enjoyed working with elementary aged children and now I’m very excited to be helping preschool children prepare for kindergarten! 
I have been married to my husband, Tim, since 2006. We have 2 wonderful children, Adison and Caleb. They both attended Adam Lamb for preschool and are now in elementary school. They keep us very busy with all their after-school activities! I enjoy volunteering at their school, crafting and spending time with my family and friends. 

Teacher: Anita Stellhorn  ( 
My name is Anita Stellhorn. I have been a teacher at Adam Lamb Preschool since November 2003. I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development. The emphasis of my education was studying child development from ages 0-6 years. Since college, I have taught preschool, worked as a Parent Educator for the Parents-As-Teachers program and was a Teacher Assistant for a pre-kindergarten program. 

I really enjoy helping young children learn and grow.  It is always amazing to watch how they change throughout the school year.  They bring so much joy and laughter to my life.  It is a great pleasure to be part of such a loving, Christian preschool program.

 My husband, Lee, and I have three children.  We enjoy spending time together.  We like to walk and bike outdoors.

Teacher: Melissa Copeland-Wilson (
My name is Melissa Wilson. I teach lunch bunch at Adam Lamb Preschool. I graduated from Greenville College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. I taught second and third grade in a public school in Illinois for eight years. I earned my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2011. I am thrilled to be joining the staff at Adam Lamb Preschool. I am also currently working in the DPC Mother’s Day Out program.

I have been married to my husband, Dave, since 1999. We have 3 sons, Colin, Sean, and Ryan. We stay busy with their various activities and are active in our church. We love to travel. My personal interests include running, swimming, and cycling.

Teacher's Aide:  Chris Dodd-Swim
I have been a teacher’s aide since 2005 at Adam Lamb Preschool. Prior to that, I worked for the Mother’s Day Out program at Dardenne Presbyterian Church while my daughter attended the preschool. I enjoy working with the children, and find it rewarding to see them grow in size, knowledge and their love of Jesus. My mission is to help prepare them for school by giving them a solid foundation to build upon. 

I grew up in Iowa, and attended Kirkwood Community College completing the Early Childhood Development program there.  

My husband, Phil, and I have 4 children.  I love to help at their schools whenever I can.  My hobbies include running, biking and other fitness challenges. I love to bake cakes, pies, and cookies. I also enjoy volunteer work and serving God by helping those in need.  

Teacher's Aide:  Colleen Fox
​My name is Colleen Fox.  I am the teacher's aide for Mrs. O'Brien's Junior Kindergarten class.  I started this position in 2019 after retiring from 20 years of in-home daycare.  I love nurturing young children in education and creativity.

I am happily married to my husband Craig.  We have a blended family of five grown children; three of which went through the Adam Lamb program.  I'm also blessed with three adorable grandchildren.  I enjoy keeping busy with family activities, walking, playing with my dog, cooking, baking, and traveling.

Teacher's Aide:  Nichole Orbin
My name is Nichole Orbin.  I am a teacher's aide for Mrs. Wilson.  I have been married to my high school sweetheart for over 20 years.  We have two girls, Kylie and Ashlan.  I have been a part of the Adam Lamb family since my own attended here.  After many years juggling being a stay at home mom and in the work force, I was blessed with the opportunity to call Adam Lamb my work family.  I have a passion for helping children to be the best they can be.  Helping them to love, learn, and grow while celebrating the little things in life is one of my favorite things to do.

Teacher's Aide: Amanda Pearcy
My name is Amanda Pearcy, and I am no stranger to the classroom. I have worked at United Services West and The Special Learning Center, in Jefferson City, Missouri as a special instruction teacher. 

I have been married to my husband Ryan for 11 years.  We have three kiddos, all who have gone through Adam Lamb Preschool. When I am not at school I love watching my kids play hockey and soccer.  I am very excited to be part of the Adam Lamb Family.

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About Adam Lamb Preschool

Adam Lamb Preschool offers a Christian based early childhood educational program for children 3 - 5 years of age. We are conveniently located in the Dardenne Presbyterian Church in Dardenne Praire, MO and serve the surrounding areas of New Melle, O'Fallon, St. Charles, St. Peters, and Winghaven. Adam Lamb Preschool has been part of these communities since 1987.

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