My Name is Kim Ross and I started here at SonLight as the new director in July of 2016. I have worked with children in both private and public schools as well as being a children's pastor for more than 25 years. I am married to my husband Dave and we have three grown children and two precious grandchildren. My greatest passion is the teaching and guiding of children by establishing a love for learning and witnessing for Christ through the care of their families. I am happy to be a part of this great program at SonLight and getting to work with some of the best teachers around! Feel free to contact me anytime!
Assistant Director: Nikki Craft
My name is Nikki Craft and I started working at SonLight in August of 2016. I have worked with children since I graduated high school in 2008 but I grew up working the children in our church as a camp counselor, Sunday school teacher, working in the nursery and so much more! I have been married to my amazing husband Caleb for three years and we have a one year old little girl Aria who is in the Ducklings class here at SonLight! I love working with young children! Seeing their faces when they learn or understand something for the first time! Its truly amazing! I am very excited to be working at SonLight and love that my daughter is here and not only learning academically but spiritually. We are truly blessed.
Mrs. April Lead Teacher for the Ducklings Class:
My name is April Schmid. This is my 5th year at SonLight Preschool, however this is my first year as a lead teacher at SonLight. The last four years I worked as an assistant in the Rhinos class with Ms. Kelli. I Love spending time with the kids. Before working at SonLight I ran a daycare out of my home for 10 years! I have been married to my high-school sweetheart, Jim, for 22 years! We have two teenage daughters, Sydney and Kelsey. I love running around and being crazy with the kids!
Ms. Barb Assistant Teacher for the Ducklings Class:
My name is Barbara Rowekamp. I have been a member of Erlanger Baptist Church for two years before I was married and for 32 years since 1984. I have been married to my husband Bill for 49 years in February and we have 2 Children Erik and Kara. I also have four grandchildren who have gone to SonLight for 4 years. I began subbing wherever needed for the last three years and recently became the teaching assistant in the Ducklings and Penguins classes with Ms. April.
Mrs. Vanessa Lead Teacher for the Bee's Class:
My name is Vanessa and I have worked at SonLight Preschool for 13 years! I love working with children and being a part of their lives. I have two teenage sons who are SonLight graduates and I have been married for 18 years. I am Looking forward to another great year here at SonLight Preschool.
Miss. Koko Assistant Teacher for the Bee's Class Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
My name is Koko Ikeda, and I am in the Bee's class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I am very excited to be starting my fourth year in the Bee's room. I was born and raised in Japan, and moved to Kentucky fifteen years ago. My son is a graduate of SonLight Preschool, and is in seventh grade at Blessed Sacrament School. I am looking forward to a wonderful and exciting year at SonLight Preschool.
Mrs. Mary Assistant Teacher for the Bee's Class Tuesdays and Thursdays:
My name is Mary Ashley. I have been married to my husband Gary for 29 ½ years! We have one son and five grandchildren. We have been members of Erlanger Baptist Church for 29 years. I have had the privilege to work at SonLight 12 years. My first year I was working with babies, the next six years I worked in the Ducklings class, I also worked four years in the dolphins class, and now I am in my second year in the Bees class with Mrs. Vanessa. Every year at SonLight has been a blessing.
Mrs. Sarah Lead Teacher for the Dolphins Class:
My name is Sarah. After a little over a year and a half as a parent of two SonLight students, I started my time here at SonLight as a substitute teacher in March of 2015. Then, in February of 2016, I took over as the lead teacher in the Dolphins room. Before starting at SonLight, I taught fourth and fifth grade in the public-school system for 5 years. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Kentucky University, and I'm currently in my final year of courses to complete my Master's Degree in Education with an concentration in Instructional Technology, also at Northern Kentucky University. I also have spent time working with first and second grades in the Sunday School program at my church. I have always had a passion for working with children, and I love working with my students at SonLight!
Miss. Rosemarie Teaching Assistant for the Dolphins Class:
My name is Rosemarie Hoffman, I started subbing for SonLight Preschool in November of 2016, as of January 2017 I have accepted the Assistant Teaching position in the Dolphins classroom. I have had my CDA (Child Development Associate) in Infant-Toddler since 2015, and I am a Early Childhood Education major at Gateway Community College. My time working with young children dates over 15 plus years thanks to countless years of serving as a volunteer with different church events, and my 9 nieces and nephews. I am engaged to “the boy from next door” Stan, and we plan to marry in September. My passions are crafts, and watching children have that “ah-ha” moment when it comes to learning. Children have a way of teaching us new ways of learning every day, and I cannot wait to see the growth in knowledge the coming year brings!
Mrs. Kelli Lead Teacher for the Rhino's Class:
My name Kelli Thomason. This is my fourth year teaching at SonLight Preschool. I have my Master's of Divinity in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I have worked with children for more than 15 years! I have been married to my husband Eric for 13 years, and we have one sweet, red-headed, kindergartner, Caroline. I love teaching about Jesus and watching the children grow throughout the year!
Miss. Lindsey Assistant Teacher for the Rhinos Class:
My name is Lindsey Cheatham Rupe. I am new to SonLight Preschool. I have provided childcare for 12 years. I enjoy having this opportunity to work with the children here at SonLight Preschool and Erlanger Baptist church were I am a member and have attended since birth. I have a son, Cameron, who is in kindergarten I enjoy being with family, painting, and traveling.
Mrs. Michelle Lead Teacher for the Toucans Class:
Hi! My name is Michelle Grill and let me just say... I love SonLight! SonLight Preschool gives me the opportunity to not only teach children academically, but spiritually as well. I have been teaching at SonLight for 10 years. I have worked in North Carolina as a kindergarten assistant for 10 years before we relocated to Northern Kentucky in 2005.
I have been married to my husband, Steve, for 25 years! we have 3 beautiful children together. we have lived in the Hebron area for the 11 years that we have been in Kentucky. We love it here!
I look forward to many more years at SonLight. To grow with this wonderful program.
Ms. Debbie Assistant Teacher for the Toucans Class:
My name is Ms.Debbie. I have been married for 24 years and I have two children. My daughter's name is Maria and my son's name is Austin. I have been working for SonLight for a total of 13 years. I have an Associate's Degree from the University of Cincinnati. I also have a Child Development Associate Degree (CDA). I love to help the children in the Art Center by providing a variety of materials. I also enjoy helping them create Science, Patterns and Graphs for our hallway.