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 20th year of teaching preschool and my eighth 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 both attend St. Henry High School and our daughter is a 7th grader at St. Paul. 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 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 12 years. This is my eighth 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 attend St. Paul 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 sixth 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 11 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 fifth 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 (15), Madelyn (14) and Claire (12).  They attend Beechwood Independent School in Fort Mitchell.  Most weekends you can find me at a dance competition or a 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 second year teaching preschool and my fourth 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 twelve years. I have been married to my husband Chuck for eighteen years and we have four daughters, Hannah (17), Molly (15), Hailey (12), and Megan (11).  In my spare time, I am involved in my daughters’ club volleyball, 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. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from NKU. I taught preschool at the a little Red School House for 4 years, taught Kindergarten there for 14 years then became the Director for 2 years. If I am not in the classroom, you can find me on the sidelines cheering on my basketball and volleyball loving girls. I have been married to my husband, Aaron, for 22 years and we have 3 beautiful daughters.

Dawn Leedom

Preschool Aide

My name is Dawn Leedom and I am a preschool aide. This is my seventh 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!

Heather Bailey

Preschool Aide

My name is Heather Bailey. I have been at St. Paul for one year. I am a preschool aide. I grew up in a small town in upstate NY. After high school, I attended Herkimer College where I graduated with a degree in Applied Science. I then moved to Florida and worked for Walt Disney World for several years. This is when my interest in travel drew me to become a Flight Attendant for Delta Airlines. My base was Cincinnati, Ohio. This is where I met my husband Brian. Brian and I traveled and moved around the country before finally settling down here in Northern Ky. More recently, I worked for Scholastic Book Fairs traveling around the tri-state area making sure our kids had the best books available to them. Brian and I have been blessed with two beautiful children. Raegan (16) and Jake (13). Most days I can be found carpooling to dance competitions and lacrosse games. As a family, we still enjoy traveling and exploring new places. We also enjoy boating and summers at Dale Hallow Lake. I get a little competitive with my water sports.

Sandra Sandel

Preschool Aide

My name is Sandra (Sandy) Sandel and I will be a Preschool Aide in the 4-year-old class. I retired in 2019 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 enjoy reading, Netflix and spending time with my daughters and grandchildren.

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 7 years old and always has us on the go with her extra curricular activities and play dates with friends.

Although this is my first year working as a Preschool Aide at St. Paul, I have been apart of the St. Paul family for 5 years now. We sent Charlee here for Preschool as a 3 year old and she is now in the 2nd grade, just down the stairs! I’ve been working in childcare for 18 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 join the St. Paul family this year. I’m an aide in Ms. Shelly’s 4-year-old class. I am from the Cincinnati area, and I graduated from East Central High School in Indiana.  I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Relations & Advertising and a Master’s Degree in Education. I taught at Camp Ernst Middle School for 10 years before becoming a stay at home mom.  My daughter’s name is Presley, and she will be in 5th grade at St. Paul this year. I married my husband, Jason, in 2010. We love traveling together as a family, especially to Disney World.  I love dogs, travel, reading, diamond painting, and watching British television shows.

Melissa Martin

Preschool Aide

My name is Melissa Martin. I just joined the St. Paul family this year as an aide to Mrs. Krista for preschool. I have been married to my husband, Mark, for 27 years and we have five children. Prior to coming to St. Paul, I worked for Citibank for 21 years and in 2019 I became a short term stay at home mom. In my spare time, I volunteer as the Treasurer and Concessions Director for the Erlanger Lions Youth Activities. I also enjoy playing basketball with my kids and I love to craft. I am so excited to get to know all your children and help them grow in the best ways possible.

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