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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. 

 My husband John and I have two daughters, Vivian and Carolyn. Both of our girls attended Adam Lamb and loved the teachers and staff immensely, we were blessed to get started on a great learning path early. In 2021 I accepted this position to see if my talents could be utilized in this amazing preschool where I felt called, I am happy to say this is a wonderful place to learn and grow for students as well as staff. I am so excited for this 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 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 2 grandchildren who have filled our hearts. 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 old's 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 started here as a substitute teacher and as time has gone by I became a classroom teacher. I love planning activities for the children and watching them learn. 

My husband, Dave, and I have two kids. Meredith and Aiden both attended preschool here. They both keep us busy between dance and band. As a family we love to go on trips to national parks and historical places .I love to read and crochet in my free time. 

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: Lisa Klevorn (
My name is Lisa Klevorn and I am excited to be joining the Adam Lamb Preschool staff as a teacher for First Year Preschool. I graduated from Maryville University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with certifications in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education. Later I returned to Maryville University to earn a Master's Degree in Educational Processes. I taught for the Wentzville School District from 1989-2022. All of my years there were spent teaching children ages three to six. 

After one year of retirement, I missed being with young children so much that I decided to return to the classroom. I enjoy planning and implementing age appropriate activities that encourage growth in all areas of development. I like to see the children be caring and confident students who love learning!

I have been married to my husband, Ed, for 35 years. We have one grown son, Bobby, who attended Adam Lamb Preschool many years ago! I love reading, gardening, and visiting with family and friends during my free time. 

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, and one grandchild. 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 five 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. McDermott.  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: Nineta Cheng
My name is Nineta Cheng. I am the teacher's aide for Mrs. Stellhorn's Pre-Kindergarten class. I have my bachelor degree in elementary education. 

I've always had an appreciation for different cultures and languages. My husband is Taiwanese and fluent in Mandarin. I was raised bilingual with fluency in Spanish. 

After college, I taught Spanish for a few years before deciding to stay home to raise our family. An and I have been married for 17 years. We have 4 children and the youngest three all attended Adam Lamb Preschool. I'm so excited to be a part of the Adam Lamb family. 

Teacher's Aide: Shelley Richards
My name is Shelley Richards and I am the teacher's aide for Mrs. Klevorn's First Year Preschool class. I have a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and taught preschool for several years before coming to Dardenne as part of the Kids Day Out Program. I am super excited to join the Adam Lamb family and to be a part of these incredible kids' learning adventure! I love watching their excitement and joy for life and helping them learn and grow into amazing kiddos!

My husband and I have been married for 23 years and have two children, one in high school and one in college. We enjoy traveling and exploring new places together. In my free time I love to cuddle with my puppy and read a good book! 

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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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