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Staff

Sarah Lanum

Lead Infant Teacher

Sarah Lanum has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Children’s Literature from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and has taken extensive coursework in Early Childhood Development. She is married and has a son and a daughter. Sarah has been on staff as Lead Infant Teacher since April 2013.

Sarah Fox

Infant Closer

Sarah Fox is currently attending Jefferson College and is majoring in Early Childhood Education. She has been on staff since August 2013.

Mary Hackett

Lead Toddler Teacher

Mary has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis as well as a Juris Doctor degree from Saint Louis University. She chose to pursue the fields of social work and education instead of law, and we are lucky to benefit from her choice. She has worked in both Elementary and Early Childhood settings and has been on staff since January 2012.

Antoinique "Nique" Halton

Toddler Afternoon Closer and Substitute

Nique is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She has over six years of experience working in childcare centers. She has been on staff since August 2012 and in addition to working each afternoon in the Infant/Toddler room, she also substitutes for other classrooms.

Erin Johnisee

Lead 2s Teacher

Erin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and holds certification in both Missouri and Illinois. She has experience in Pre-K classrooms as well as significant experience nannying for families. She is married and has a daughter. She has been on staff since January 2014.

Kelsi Mayer

2s Closer

Kelsi is a graduate of Principia College with degrees in Sociology and Anthropology. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages and backgrounds. She has been on staff since April 2013.

Andrea Lohman

Preschool Co-Teacher

Andrea has an Education Specialist degree from Webster University and is certified in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Andrea has worked in a variety of roles throughout her career in the field of Early Childhood Education. She has been on staff since August 2012. Andrea is married with two grown daughters.

Nicole “Nikki” Sweet

Preschool Co-Teacher

Nikki has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and has certification in Early Childhood Education. She has experience in both Elementary and Preschool classrooms and before joining CNAP, was a Kindergarten readiness teacher. She is married and has a son. She has been on staff since January 2014.

Michelle Buell

Preschool Teacher’s Assistant

Michelle has a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. She has worked in both Early Childhood settings as well as Elementary school settings. In addition to working in the Preschool, she also assists with meal prep and in other classrooms as needed. She has been on staff since August 2012. Michelle has two grown children, a son and a daughter.

Erica Schmitt

Owner and Director

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Baruch College – City University of New York and am in the process of completing a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education/Emphasis in Early Childhood Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. After deciding to leave the field of music to start my own childcare program, I quickly realized the importance of the role of early childhood educators and decided to further my own education. I often refer to my role in the field of early childhood education as the most challenging, but also the most rewarding and important work of my life. I am married with two children, a son and a daughter.