St Paul Preschool

IMG_0360Philosophy: 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 (7:50-3:00) and Half Day (7:50-11:00) or Half day with lunch ( 7:50 – 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 Art, Music, PE, Spanish and the Library 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

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

Preschool Daily Schedule

7:30-8:00 Welcome/Sign in/Free Choice (30)
8:00-8:15 Prayers, Pledge & Jobs
8:15–8:45 Specials
8:45-9:15 Circle time (Calendar, weather, letter of week, Bible story, music etc…)
9:15-10:00 Academic/Small Group Activity & Free Choice
10:00-10:40 Large Motor (Recess)
10:45-11:00 Story/Quiet centers/Pack up for 11:00 dismissal
11:00-11:15 Restroom & Wash hands and transition to Lunch
11:15-11:45 Lunch
11:45-12:15 Story/Quiet centers/Prep for nap time/Restrooms
12:15-2:00 Nap/Quiet time
2:00-2:15 Wash hands/Snack
2:15-2:45 Large Motor/Free Choice (40)
2:50-3:00 Pack up/Dismissal

Current Special Area Class Schedule:

Monday – PE

Tuesday – Music

Wednesday – Spanish

Thursday – Library

Friday – Art

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 19th year of teaching preschool and my seventh 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 oldest attends St. Henry High School and the younger ones are 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

Preschool 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 11 years. This is my seventh year at St. Paul Preschool. I have been happily married to my husband Steve since 2006. We have 2 beautiful daughters, Ashleigh (8th grade) and Brooklyn (5th grade) 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 fifth year at St. Paul. 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 10 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 fourth 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 (14), Madelyn (13) and Claire (11). 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 have been a preschool aide at St. Paul for two years. I grew up in Fairfield, Ohio and graduated from Fairfield Senior High School in 2000. After high school, I attended the University of Cincinnati and in 2004 received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. I moved to Union, Kentucky with my family eleven years ago. I have been married to my husband Chuck for seventeen years and we have four daughters, Hannah (16), Molly (14), Hailey (11), and Megan (10). In my free time, my husband and I are actively involved with our four daughters’ volleyball teams both in club and at their schools. I am an avid fan of all things Disney and have been to Walt Disney World more times than I can count. My husband and I hope to one day travel to Japan to experience Tokyo Disneyland. In my spare time, I enjoy quilting and sewing.

Dawn Leedom

Preschool Aide

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

Monica Nelson

Preschool Aide

My name is Monica Nelson. I am a preschool aide in Mrs. Krista and Mrs. Kim’s room. I was born and raised in the Northern KY area. I graduated from Boone County High School. I am married to my wonderful husband Matt Nelson. We have three loving children, which our 2 youngest attended St. Paul school as of this year. My oldest attends Conner High school and is a Junior. In our spare time, we spend it with our children and their sports. We are happy we have switched to St. Paul and the loving community.

Heather Bailey

Preschool Aide

My name is Heather Bailey. This is my first year here at St. Paul. 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.

Teresa Barhorst

Preschool Aide

My name is Teresa Barhorst and this is my first year working as a preschool aide at St. Paul School. I grew up in Casstown, OH and graduated from Miami East High School. After high school, I attended the Institute of Fitness and Sport where I received my American College of Sports Medicine certification. I worked 22 years at Upper Valley Medical Center as a Fitness & Health Coordinator for the Rehab Department. This provided the opportunity to work with multiple elementary schools throughout varies counties providing fitness programs for their students, staff, and sport teams. This job gave me the opportunity to organize community fitness events/fundraisers for varies organizations including the girl scouts and boy scouts organization. I always loved working with children and the community serving on PTO, chairing my children’s elementary carnivals and fundraiser, as well as serving as a Daisy, Brownie and Girl scout leader, Youth Group Leader, and Bible school teacher for many years. Along the way I became a licensed insurance agent and still hold my license in casualty, property, life, health, and annuities.

My husband, Scott, and I moved to KY in 2013. We are members of St. Paul Parish. I have two children and one grandson, who is in the 1st grade at St. Paul Elementary. I began volunteering at St. Paul when my grandson started TK, helping with Breakfast Club, Olympic Day, Parish Festival, and currently volunteering weekly in the cafeteria. These volunteer experiences brought back the joy I had when working with children and guided me toward my current role as a preschool aide. I love helping them grow and learn as I remain a positive, dependable, and trustworthy influence in their lives. They make my heart smile. I have found my passion again!

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