50 Years of Child Care Excellence 1966-2016
Meet our Office Staff

Miss Karen, a longtime member of Messiah Lutheran Church, has been the Director of Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center since 1977.  Previously, she was a Title I Language and Math teacher for grades K-4 in Bloomington, Minnesota.  Miss Karen lives in Park Ridge with her husband, Bob, and has three adult children and five grandchildren.  "I truly enjoy my job at Messiah.  My years as director have given me the opportunity to meet and get to know so many incredible children and their supportive families.  I love working each day with my wonderful, creative, dedicated staff. They put forth an amazing amount of energy and enthusiasm each day. It is tremendously rewarding for all of us to watch the young children's growth and maturation.  They become so confident, proud and independent.  It is especially fun when alumni return to Messiah and share their school memories with me. It has been a privilege to be a part of the child care center throughout the years and to participate in it's growth and changes."

Miss Cathy is the Office Manager here at Messiah.  She can be found in the office each day ready to answer all your questions and concerns.  She has been a part of the Messiah staff since 2005.  She began teaching in the Younger 3's program and then was the Lead Teacher in Pre-K 2 Up from 2007-2010.  Miss Cathy lives in Park Ridge with her husband and 4 children.  Before coming to Messiah, Miss Cathy worked in corporate child care and home day care for more than 15 years.  "It is amazing to be able to watch a child's growth, development and love of learning blossom in Messiah's warm and caring environment."

Miss Rita has been with Messiah since 2002 as a teacher's assistant and then, in addition, part time librarian and office assistant.  She can now be found in the office 5 days a week as our Bookkeeper/Librarian.

"Messiah is such a joyful place to work.  I welcome the daily visits by the parents and children.  Each day is a blessing."

Miss Diane has managed Messiah's lunch and snack program since 2002. She purchases, prepares and serves snacks for the all the children attending school each morning. At lunchtime, Diane sets up, cleans up and serves lunch to the 40-50 students who attend Messiah's daily lunch program. Lunches are catered by Quality Catering in Lake Villa.

Diane loves to garden and has spent many hours working on the plantings along the east side of our school building. She has received plant donations from many local nurseries (Pesches, Lurveys, Home Depot) as well as from Messiah families, and has developed a festive perennial garden.

Miss Laura D. joined the Messiah Lutheran Child Care center in 2012 as our Monday/Tuesday Music Teacher. She additionally works with the Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten class on Fridays and subs for all of our classrooms.  Laura's enthusiasm for teaching, her guitar playing and lovely voice have kept the children actively involved in learning more about music.  Laura's 2 children, Katie and Rocky, are former Messiah students.