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 three 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 a sweet carefree little boy who also attends school at SonLight. 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. Moriah Morning Lead Teacher for the Zoo Babies Class:
My name is Moriah Hawkins, and this is my Second year working at SonLight Preschool. My husband Trevor and I have been married for 7 years and have three beautiful children. All of our children attend school here at SonLight. I am excited for this year at SonLight in the Zoo Babies class. Getting to watch the infants grow into toddlers is such a blessing.
Miss. Mary Anne Afternoon Lead Teacher in the Infant Room:
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 42 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 infant Classroom.
Ms. Barb Lead 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 34 years since 1984. I have been married to my husband Bill for 51 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 am so excited to now be the lead teacher in the Ducks Class.
Mrs. April Lead Teacher for the Penguins Class:
My name is April Schmid. This is my 7th year at SonLight Preschool, however this is my third year as a lead teacher at SonLight. The four years prior 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 24 years! We have two teenage daughters, Sydney and Kelsey. I love running around and being crazy with the kids!
Mrs. Linda Assistant Teacher for the Penguins Class on Monday and Tuesday:
My name is Linda Siegert, I’ve been married to my husband Kris for 17 years. We have 3 daughters, Mary, Zoey, and Saylor all of which went to SonLight Preschool. I am very excited to be working this year on Mondays and Tuesdays in the Penguin room. I love working with the children and getting to be a part of their lives!
Miss. Lindsey Lead Teacher for the Bees Class:
My name is Lindsey Cheatham Rupe. This is my third year at SonLight Preschool. I have provided childcare for 13 years, and recently obtained 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 first grade. I enjoy being with family, painting, and traveling.
Mrs. Jessi Lead Teacher for the Dolphins Class: Hi! My name is Jessi Richter and it is my second year teaching at Sonlight Preschool. I am so excited to be here! I have been working with children for about 8 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 working towards obtaining my CDA (Childhood Development Associates). I cannot wait to start my second 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 7 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. Kelli Lead Teacher for the Rhino's Class:
My name is Kelli Thomason. This is my sixth 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 16 years! I have been married to my husband Eric for 15 years, and we have one sweet, red-headed, first grader, Caroline. I love teaching about Jesus and watching the children grow throughout the year!
Mrs. Anna Lead Teacher for the Frogs: Hello, my name is Anna Lucas. This is my Third 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 ninth year at SonLight. I was born and raised in Japan, and moved to Kentucky seventeen 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 12 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 27 years! We have 3 beautiful children together. We have lived in the Hebron area for the 13 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 26 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 15 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.