St Paul Preschool

Philosophy: St. Paul Catholic Preschool serves as an introduction for the young child to the St. Paul School and parish community. The preschool strives to honor, celebrate and nurture the growth and learning of the child.


  • 3’s – MWF program/TTh program/MTWThF program
  • 4’s – MWF program/ MTWThF program
  • Transitional Kindergarteners – MTWThF
  • Full day (7:30-2:30) and Half Day (7:30-11:00) or Half day with lunch ( 7:30 – 12:00) program

State Licensed Program

Qualified Early Childhood Educators with extensive practical experience, VIRTUS trained & Background checked (CDA’s, First Aid & CPR trained)

All learning takes place through experiences. During the course of the day, the children participate in large and small group activities as well as enjoying time working together with other children. The classrooms are set up with learning areas called centers.

Our Preschoolers also get the opportunity to go to Music, Gym, Spanish and Social/Emotional Learning along with their preschool teacher. It is a great way to introduce them to these classes and the teachers. Each of these classes uniquely enhances both cognitive and physical development.

  • Hands on learning
  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Faith Development
  • Emotional and Social Development
  • Physical Development
  • Social Responsibility

Learning Centers:  Art, Science, Writing, Reading, Math & Manipulatives, Dramatic Play, Puzzles & Games and Blocks

Current Special Area Classes: Gym, Spanish, Music and Social/Emotional Learning

Please call Shelly Lemmond at 859-647-4070 ext. 250 for a tour or for more information.

Tuition Information

Preschool Staff

Shelly Lemmond

Preschool Director/Lead Teacher

My name is Shelly Lemmond and I am the Preschool Director and the M-W-F 4-year-old teacher. This is my 21st year of teaching preschool and my ninth year at St. Paul. I attended Villa and St. Pius for grade school and graduated high school in 1994 from Notre Dame Academy. After high school, I attended Northern Kentucky University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Mental Health and Human Services. I was born and raised in the Northern Kentucky area. I met my husband shortly after college and we were married in 2004. We have 3 children, our 2 boys graduated from St. Paul and our daughter is an 8th grader.  In my free time, I like to hang out with family and friends, scrapbook and watch my kids play sports!

Allison Reed

 Assistant Director/Lead Teacher

My name is Allison Reed. I am the Assistant Director and teacher in the preschool 4 (5 day a week) classroom. I was born and raised in the Northern Kentucky area. I graduated from Boone County High School and attended Northern Kentucky University. I have a Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching preschool for 13 years. This is my ninth year at St. Paul Preschool. I have been happily married to my husband Steve since 2006. We have 2 beautiful daughters, Ashleigh and Brooklyn who both attended St. Paul School and now attend St. Henry District High School. My husband and I are active with St. Paul School and Parish. In our spare time, we are involved with our daughters’ competitive cheer-leading teams. We love traveling with family and friends.

Krista Hughes

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

My name is Krista Hughes, this is my seventh year at St. Paul School. I am the Transitional Kindergarten Teacher. I have been working with kids for twenty years. I was born and raised in Northern Kentucky, where I attended Beechwood for elementary school as well as high school. I graduated from Beechwood in 1995. After high school, I attended Gateway where I obtained my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and my Directors credentials. My husband and I have been married for 12 years. We have one child who attends St. Paul Catholic School. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, reading and watching my child at his different sporting events.

Jamie Burnside

Preschool Teacher

My name is Jamie Burnside.  This is my sixth year at St. Paul with 3 year olds.   I was an aide for one year and then moved to the teacher position.  I grew up in Georgia and moved to Kentucky for college.  I attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky.  After college, I worked as a middle school youth director at a large church. I moved to Northern Kentucky in 2006.   I was a stay at home mom for eleven years before returning to work at St. Paul.  I recently earned my CDA in preschool education.

I have three daughters, Grace, Madelyn and Claire.  They attend Beechwood Independent School in Fort Mitchell.  Most weekends you can find me at a track meet, basketball game or horse show.  In my free time, I like to read and craft.  I love to travel.  I love white sand and blue water and the mountains make my heart happy.

Kim Bedel

Preschool Teacher

My name is Kim Bedel and I am the 3-year-old M-W-F / T-TH teacher. This will be my third year teaching preschool and my fifth year working at St. Paul. I grew up in Fairfield, Ohio and attended the University of Cincinnati where in 2004 I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. My family and I have lived in Union, Kentucky for the last thirteen years. I have been married to my husband Chuck for nineteen years and we have four daughters, Hannah, Molly, Hailey and Megan. In my spare time, I am driving around my daughters to their tennis, archery, and colorguard activities.  When I am not busy with my children’s activities, I love quilting and traveling to our favorite vacation spot, Walt Disney World.

Jennifer Holtman

Preschool Teacher

Hi! My name is Jennifer Holtman and I am a 4 year old teacher. This is my second year teaching Pre-K at St. Paul. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Kentucky University. I taught Preschool at The Little Red School House for 4 years, taught Kindergarten there for 14 years and then became the Director for 2 years. I have been married to my husband Aaron for 23 years and we have 3 beautiful daughters, Hannah (21), Abigail (18) and Paisley (12). If I am not in the classroom, you can find me in the stands at the University of Cincinnati cheering for Abby and the UC WBB team, cheering for Paisley and her volleyball teams at Ockerman Middle School or NKYVC or having a girls day with my Hannah Leigh. I look forward to another great year with the St. Paul Panthers!

Dawn Leedom

Preschool Aide

My name is Dawn Leedom and I am a preschool aide. This is my eighth year as an aide in preschool but I previously was a substitute teacher at St. Paul for several years. Prior to that, I was a project manager for AT&T. I am a proud graduate of St. Paul School. After grade school, I attended Notre Dame Academy and Northern Kentucky University. My husband, Chris, and I have sent all six of our children (1 boy, 5 girls) to St. Paul. I love working with the preschool Panther Cubs and watching them grow and develop to be ready for kindergarten. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and going on all kinds of adventures. Anyone who knows me, knows I love soccer, especially our Dayton Flyers!

A couple of St. Paul fun facts: the panther mascot was chosen when I was in fifth grade and we changed our uniforms from the navy blue jumpers to the current green plaid when I was in sixth grade. Love our Panthers and the St. Paul community!

Stephanie Dressman

Preschool Aide

My name is Stephanie Dressman. I moved to Northern KY, with my mom and younger brothers when I was 10. I graduated from Conner High School in 2008 and continued my job as a childcare provider. I married Seth in May of 2021 and we have one beautiful daughter, Charlee. She is 8 years old and always has us on the go with her extra curricular activities and play dates with friends. We also have a newborn son, Cameron, who has completed our family in the best way. It’s been so much fun watching him grow these past few months. I have a feeling he’ll keep us just as busy before too long!

Although this is my second year working as a Preschool Aide at St. Paul, I have been apart of the St. Paul family for 6 years now. We sent Charlee here for Preschool as a 3 year old and she is now in the 3rd grade, just down the stairs! I’ve been working in childcare for 19 years now. I am very much looking forward to spending this year with your child, watching them grow, blossom, and become their own individual person.

Mindy Coatney

Preschool Aide

My name is Mindy Coatney and I’m excited to start my second year with the Saint Paul Preschool family. I’m an aide in Ms. Shelly’s 4-year-old class and I absolutely love learning and chatting with your preschoolers.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations & Advertising from Milligan College and a Master’s Degree in Education from the College of Mount Saint Joseph.  I taught Social Studies and Economics at Camp Ernst Middle School for 10 years before becoming a stay at home mom.  My daughter Presley will be in 6th grade at Saint Paul this year. My husband and I have been married for 13 years.  We love traveling together as a family, especially to Disney World.  I love dogs (we have five), travel, reading, diamond painting, and watching British television shows.

Sandra Sandel

Preschool Aide

My name is Sandra (Sandy) Sandel. I am the Preschool Aide in Jennifer Holtman’s 4-year-old class.  I am very blessed to say that “Miss Jen” is my daughter!  I started in August 2022 at St. Paul, and enjoy watching the children grow and learn so much!

I retired after working 35 years at Meritor Inc. in Florence KY.  My husband Gary and I have 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren between us, so I do have some childcare experience! I like reading, Netflix and spending time with my daughters and all my grandchildren. I look forward to another great year at St. Paul!

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