Central Baptist Kindergarten and Preschool

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Our Staff and Teachers

Melissa Ludens, Director
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Melissa grew up in Harrisburg and is a graduate of Dakota State University. She and her husband Landon have three children and live in Sioux Falls. Melissa has been on the staff of Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten since January 2001. Melissa became the Director of Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in July 2002.
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Pennie Lanz, Office Manager
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Pennie grew up in Aberdeen, SD and graduated from Bismarck, ND. She and her husband Dana have been married for over 20 years and have two children, Brittany and Logan. Pennie joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in 2005.
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Cathy Anderson

Cathy is from Yankton, South Dakota and is finishing her degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Cathy and her husband have four children, and Cathy works part-time at the Sanford Children's Hospital.
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Sandi Alberty

Sandi grew up in Sioux Falls and graduated from Augustana College. She and her three children live in Sioux Falls. Sandi joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in October 2000.
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Annie Barker

Annie grew up in Rutherford, New Jersey, and graduated from Kean University in New Jersey. She and her husband Deane have three children. Annie joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in January 2003.
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Kim Bleyenburg

Kim grew up here and is a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls. She and her husband Cory live in Sioux Falls and have three children. Kim joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in September 2004.
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Susan Borah

Susan and her husband Les live in Dolton, South Dakota. Susan has three children and 7 grandchildren. Susan joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in September 2005.
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Jan Calkhoven

Jan is from Sioux Center, Iowa. She and her husband Jim have six daughters.
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Kim Christianson

Kim is a certified Child Development Associate and has 22 years of experience teaching and assisting preschool. She and her husband Jeff have been married 23 years. They have a daughter and three dogs.
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Karen Droppers

Karen grew up on a farm near Delmont, South Dakota. She and her huband Jim have beeen married for 31 years. They have three grown children and are expecting their first grandchild. Karen joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in 2008.
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Brooke Dozark

Brooke is from Pierre, South Dakota. She attended Mount Marty College in Yankton, and she and her husband Brian have three children. Brooke was previously the Education Director at Community Bible Church in Pierre.
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Lori Dyke

Lori joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in September 2002.
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Sonya Engels

Sonya grew up in Northwest Iowa. She and her husband Jon has two daughters. Sonya joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in 2008.
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Shelly Enger

Shelly graduated from Western Christian High School and Southeast Technical Institute. She and her husband, Brian, have three children.
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Jodee Ensz

Jodee grew up in North Dakota. She and her husband Don have three children. Jodee lives in Harrisburg Jodee joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in September 2004.
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Sarah Gilchrist

Sarah grew up in Orange City, Iowa and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. She and her husband Jeff have two young children. Sarah joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in September 2005.
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Jody Gould

Jody is from Chamberlain, South Dakota. Before joining Central, Jody had an in-home day care for almost 10 years. She and her husband Tom have three children.
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Meghan Hall

Meghan has a degree in Business Administion, and started her career in the banking industry. Meghan and her husband Damon have three children.
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Judy Hotz

Judy grew up on a farm near Colome, South Dakota. She has spent her life working with children, and has taught preschool for six years. Judy and her husband Bob have been married for 40 years, and have three sons who have given them 12 grandchildren.
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Terra Hoverson

Terra joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in September 2008.
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Corinne Lee

Corinne grew up on a farm in rural North Dakota, on which her parents still live. Corinne has a degree in English/Speech/Theatre Education from the University of Sioux Falls. Corinne and her husband Ben live in Sioux Falls and have three children. Corinne joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in August 2011.
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Marianne Mergan

Marianne is from Brookings, South Dakota. She has a degree in Early Childhoon Education from SDSU. She and her husband Troy have three children.
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Debbie Meyer

Debbie is from Colton, South Dakota and was a first grade teacher at Tri-Valley Elementary for seven years. She and her husband Travis have two daughters.
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Nancy Preston

Nancy grew up in LeMars, Iowa. She and her husband Randy have two children.
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Stacey Reitz

Stacey grew up in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is a graduate of Morningside College. She and her husband Kirby live in Sioux Falls and have three children. Stacey joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in September 2004.
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Linda Schempp

Linda and her husband, Perry, have been married over 20 years. They have two children.
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Jill Smith

Jill is from Edgerton, Minnesota. She received her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from SDSU. Jill spent four years as a Head Start teacher for four years, and had her own home day care for four years. She and her husband Erik have two children with another on the way.
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Tarina Stroh

Tarina grew up in Dickinson, North Dakota, and is a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls. She and her husband Brian reside in Sioux Falls and have four young children. Tarina joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in September 2005.
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Joyce VanRuler

Joyce and her husband has three children and three grandchildren. Joyce joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in 2007.
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Sherri VanDerWolde

Sherri is a native of the Sioux Falls area and a graduate of Nettleton College. She and her husband Tony live in Sioux Falls and have two children. Sherri joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in September 2002.
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Kelly Veland

Kelly grew up in Ortonville, Minnesota, and graduated from Southeastern Technical College in Granite Falls. She lives in Sioux Falls with her husband Cory and their four young children. Kelly joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in September 2002.
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Becky Waack

Becky and her husband Gene live on an acerage west of Sioux Falls and have five children and five grandchildren. Becky joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in 1998.
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Kimberly Williams

Kimberly grew up in Hayti, Missouri, and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University. She and her husband Rusty live in Sioux Falls and have two children. Kimberly joined Central Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten in August 1999.
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