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 with 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 since August of 2013. We have a spunky little girl who attends school at SonLight, and are excited to be adding a son to our family in November of 2017. I love working with young children! Seeing their faces when they learn or understand something for the first time is truly amazing! I am very excited to be working at SonLight and love that my children will be attending school here and not only learning academically, but spiritually. We are truly blessed.
Mrs. Rosemarie Lead Teacher for the Zoo Babies:
My name is Rosemarie Fugate, I started subbing for SonLight Preschool in November of 2016, as of August 2017 I have accepted the Teaching position in the Zoo Babies 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 recently married to “the boy from next door” Stan. 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!
Ms. Debbie Assistant Teacher for the Zoo Babies Class:
My name is Debbie Zimmerman. I started working at SonLight Preschool in August of this year. I have always worked with children on Sunday mornings in the nursery. I love getting to work with our babies in the Zoo Babies class. I am currently working to renew my CDA (Child Development Associate) for working with children. I have never been married and have no children of my own; however, I have been blessed by the many children that I have had the privilege of teaching at church through the years. I am excited to be at SonLight preschool, working with children and sharing God’s love!
Mrs. April Lead Teacher for the Ducklings Class:
My name is April Schmid. This is my 6th year at SonLight Preschool, however this is my second 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 23 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 33 years since 1984. I have been married to my husband Bill for 50 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. Linda Assistant Teacher for the Ducklings and Penguins Class (Monday and Tuesday):
My name is Linda Siegert, I’ve been married to my husband Kris for 16 years. We have 3 daughters, Mary, Zoey, and Saylor all of which went to SonLight Preschool. I worked at SonLight last year as a sub and am very excited to be working this year on Mondays and Tuesdays in the Duckling and Penguin rooms. I love working with the children and getting to be a part of their lives!
Miss. Mary Anne Assistant Teacher for the Ducklings and Penguins Class (Wednesday and Thursday):
My name is Mary Anne Marsh. I have two children, Angela Marie and Vincent Joseph. I also have four grandchildren, Abby, Sam, Max, and Easton. I love working with the children at SonLight and Wednesday nights at Erlanger Baptist church. I have been a member of Erlanger Baptist church for 41 years, where I have enjoyed working with the children and singing in the choir. I am excited for this year at SonLight preschool working in the Duckling and Penguin classrooms.
Mrs. Vanessa Lead Teacher for the Bee's Class:
My name is Vanessa and I have worked at SonLight Preschool for 14 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 19years. I am Looking forward to another great year here at SonLight Preschool.
Mrs. Cheyenne Assistant Teacher for the Bees Class:
My Name is Cheyenne and I have been working in childcare for over seven years, ranging from infancy to high school aged students. I am first aid and CPR certified and am currently taking classes to attain my CDA (Child Development Associate). I volunteer many Sunday’s at our church, either singing in the praise team or helping in the children’s department. I devote the rest of my time to spending time with my husband and our two beautiful daughters. I am very excited to be working here at SonLight and getting to know all your children. God Bless!
Mrs. Jessi Lead Teacher for the Dolphins Class: Hi! My name is Jessi Richter and it is my very first year teaching at Sonlight Preschool. I am so excited to be here! I have been working with children for about 7 years now & I know without a doubt it is exactly what God has called me to do. I have a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts and am currently working towards getting my CDA (Childhood Development Associates). I cannot wait to start my first school year and get to know your children as we learn and grow together. Please join me in praying for each member of our classroom as we embark on an amazing adventure of learning! My Family: I have been married to my amazing husband, Keith, for 6 years this September. We have a crazy little dog named Barnabas who keeps us on our toes quite often! We are currently in the beginning stages of pursuing adoption and absolutely cannot wait to expand our little family!
Mrs. Sherri Assistant Teacher for the Dolphins Class: My name is Sherri Hale. I am returning to SonLight Preschool, we had been living in Central New York for the last 10 years. I am thrilled to be back and look forward to all that God has in store for this year, including renewing and updating my CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential. While living New York I spent the last 5 years on staff at a church as an Administrative Assistant. My family: My husband and I will be married 25 years in September, we have two wonderful boys. Zach who is 22 and finishing college for Youth Ministry and works at Carabello Coffee. Mason who is 18 and finishing his senior year of high School.
Mrs. Kelli Lead Teacher for the Rhino's Class:
My name is Kelli Thomason. This is my fifth 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 14 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. This is my second year at SonLight Preschool. I have provided childcare for 12 years, and am currently working towards attaining my CDA (Child Development Associate). 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. Anna Lead Teacher for the Frogs: Hello, my name is Anna Lucas. This is my first year at SonLight Preschool and I am currently working in the pre-k room. Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher! When I was little, I would line up all of my dolls and teach them the ABC’s and how to spell their names. So, when the time came, that’s exactly what I went to school to do! I graduated from NKU with my BA in Early Childhood Education in 2013. Since then, I have worked as the pre-k teacher and assistant director at another child care center. I’m excited to have such a wonderful new home here at SonLight as not only can I watch the children grow academically, but spiritually! I am currently working on my grad school courses to get my masters in Elementary Education and will be finished in December 2018. My husband and I have three beautiful children that also attend SonLight. Life with them keeps me on my toes and reminds me there is always something to be thankful for!
Miss. Koko Assistant Teacher for the Frogs:
My name is Koko Ikeda, and I am in the Frogs Class. I am very excited to be starting my eighth year at SonLight. I was born and raised in Japan, and moved to Kentucky sixteen years ago. My son is a graduate of SonLight Preschool, and is in eighth grade at Blessed Sacrament School. I am looking forward to a wonderful and exciting year at SonLight Preschool.
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 11 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 26 years! We have 3 beautiful children together. We have lived in the Hebron area for the 12 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 25 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 14 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.