Staff

Preschool Director

Katherine Palmer

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For me being an Early Childhood preschool director is a journey of love. I truly enjoy caring, nuturing and guiding our preschoolers. I have a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters of Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Our purpose here is to Bodly Share the Love of Christ by bringing the "Good News" of the Gospel to children. We support our families and lead the children to grow in faith. We are thankful to be able to share this journey with parents

Young children's brains are growing at a rapid pace, and it is our job as parents and educators to let them experience the world around them with their five senses. I want to engage the whole child! Just as important for children is gaining comfort in learning how to be away from the home for learning, how to get along with new friends, and how to expand their vocabulary or motor skills without pressure. Much of this happens through independent and structured play, circle time, singing, and games. I will provide parents with information and skills inventories to make sure your little one is achieving or surpassing the appropriate milestones in their life. 

I enjoy time with my family which includes two daughters, my hubby and two weimaraners. In my free time, I enjoy watching old movies, reading, and planning activities at church. My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 17:17 "A friend loves at all times" a simple yet powerful verse for all ages. 




Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher/Assistant Director

Stephanie Wood

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Hello, my name is Stephanie Wood, and I am a lifelong resident of Lee’s Summit. I am excited for another year on the Abounding Love Preschool team! I am a Pre-K teacher! I have enjoyed working with and being a positive role model in the lives of children for 26 years and counting.

I am the proud momma to five children, four sons and one daughter. I can usually be found cheering on my boys from the sidelines of a soccer field or cheering on  my daughter while she does gymnastics.  My two older boys graduated from Lee’s Summit High School and then University of Central Missouri. I have a freshman in college at Rockhurst University, a sophomore at Lee’s Summit High School, and my daughter is in 4th grade.

I am a crazy animal lover and have filled some of the quiet in my house as my children grow and move out on their own by fostering puppies and dogs.  

I have my bachelor’s in early childhood education and have worked in different areas of the early childhood education field. I have taken a few course towards my master’s degree in elementary education. I have been a teacher in the classroom and a director in a preschool. It is my passion to work with children and be a positive influence as they grow as lifelong learners. I strive to meet the individual needs of children and create meaningful relationships with families to ensure success on each child’s educational journey.




Full-Day Preschool Lead Teacher

Kelly Meisberger

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Hello, my name is Kelly Meisberger, I’m excited and very blessed to be joining the Abounding Love team this year as the Lead Teacher for the 3’s.

As a lifelong resident of Lee’s Summit, I graduated from Lee’s Summit High School, during which time I completed my early childhood certification through a vocational program. With over 27 years of experience I have been able to attend many in-service hour programs, workshops and continuous training classes. I have had the amazing opportunity to work with children from infant to 4-year-old, holding lead roles at each age level.

I have been married for 23 years to my wonderful husband Chris and we have two amazing children, Mackenzie (21) and Jared (18). Our daughter is pursuing her degree at MSU and our son will be attending NCMC this fall. I stay very busy with family and our two labs, Jewels and Kacey. I love everything outdoors from Chiefs football to weekend getaways at the lake.

I’m looking forward to meeting the entire Abounding Love family this year.




Full-Day and Part-Day Preschool Prep Lead Teacher

Jacqueline Braton

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My name is Jacqueline Braton, and I’m very excited to be the lead teacher for preschool prep this year!

My husband Patrick and I have two children, Alexa (12) and Kellan (5). I was born and raised in Juarez, Mexico until I moved to Kansas City during my junior year of high school. I graduated with an Associates of Arts degree from Metropolitan Community College while working full time for the state of Missouri in the mental health department as a Psychiatric Technician. I worked for the mental health department for 12 years until my son Kellan was born, I was blessed to be a stay at home mom. I am grateful to have been able to be home with my kids and enjoy watching them grow up! I love to travel, read books outside and enjoy nature, have fun with my family and baking decadent desserts for all. 

Three years ago our family attended Ascension Lutheran Church while living in Blue Springs, MO. After moving to Greenwood, MO our family started looking for a new home to serve the Lord. We fell in love with Beautiful Savior and have not looked back since then. I’m currently back at school again to further my education. 

We couldn’t be more thankful for the outstanding work that the teachers and every member of the program does for the children. I can’t wait for another eventful school year with everyone! 




Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Heather Kleinsasser

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I am excited to be returning to the Abounding Love Preschool team this year!  This year I will be the Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher in the Part-Day Program.  I have been with Ms. Stephanie for the past two years and know the curriculum well.  Ms. Stephanie and I will continue to collaborate together as she has not left Abounding Love Preschool, but moved to the Full-Day Pre-K Class and has also been promoted to Assistant Director!

I was born and raised in Pierre, South Dakota. I attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development, Child and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood and a minor in Sociology. My degree has allowed me to work in a variety of settings. Initially, I worked as a Child Care Counselor in a residential treatment center’s assessment and short-term care unit. Our team evaluated and cared for children with emotional disorders and behavioral issues. When my husband’s education path relocated us to Chicago, I was hired by TeacherCare. TeacherCare places teachers and child care specialists with families to provide care and education in their home. I was fortunate to be with the same family for four years. We shared such a bond that we are still very close friends today! Following my husband’s graduation, he accepted a fellowship in the Kansas City area, so we made our home in Olathe. We fell in love with Kansas City and decided to stay! I was a Lead Teacher at Olathe Head Start for two years before becoming a stay at home mother. While raising our children, I enjoyed volunteering in their classrooms and being a member of the PTA.

My husband, Kelsey, and I have lived in Lee’s Summit for 17 years. Our sons, Aidan (18) and Cullen (15), keep us very busy with all of their sports and activities.  This fall, Aidan will be a freshman at Marquette University and Cullen with be a sophmore at Lee's Summit West. Stella Luna, our black Lab, completes our family! We enjoy cooking together, trying new restaurants, watching movies, fishing and traveling!

I look forward to creating a fun and exciting learning environment and making this a wonderful year at Abounding Love Preschool!




Preschool Lead Teacher

Pam Lampe

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I am so excited to be teaching in the Preschool classroom with Miss Lorie and Miss Lyndsey as my assistants.  

My husband Paul, and I have lived in Lee’s Summit for 28 years, and Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church has been our church home since we moved here.  We have three children Joshua (19), Mikayla (16), and Zachary (12).  

I was born and raised in Iowa and moved to the Kansas City area shortly after graduation from college.  I graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa with a degree in Accounting, where I also minored in Business Management and Psychology.  I worked in the banking industry for 11 years before becoming a stay at home mother and in-home day care provider for the next 12 years. 

While working at home, I discovered how much I enjoyed working with children and watching them learn and grow.  Five years ago I began substitute teaching at Abounding Love, and I joined the staff as an assistant teacher. This is my first year as the lead teacher and  I feel so blessed to continue this opportunity.

I look forward to getting to know our new students, and I know that we will all learn a lot together!




Part-Day and Full-Day Assistant Teacher

Christine Bullock

Hello! My name is Christine Bullock also known as, "Miss Chris" to the children. I am the new Full-Day PM Lead Teacher for both the 2's & 3's and Pre-K classes.

This year has brought many new challenges to all, including my family. I was working as a Care/Companion for the Senior Citizen community however, we needed to make adjustments due to the ever-changing school situations for our children. When I saw the need for teachers at the pre-school, I just knew this would be a great place to serve while also working around my children's schedules! My youngest son attended ALPS last year, so I was already familiar with some of the teachers and the Pre-school.

I am so excited for this new opportunity to be a part of ALPS. I am no stranger to childcare / Pre-school education. I originally went to college to become and early childhood educator. Marriage and children quickly became my top priority though, so I put my degree on hold for a while.

It is still my goal to complete that chapter of my life and earn my degree. I had my own in-home daycare for over 8 years and was blessed to not only take care of my own children but those of our friends.

My husband C.J. and I will celebrate our 20th Anniversary this March. He is my high school sweetheart and we have been together for over 26 years! We have 3 children, James, who is 17 and DRIVING... AHHH!! He is a Junior, plays football, loves art and is our comic relief. He keeps us laughing and fills the house with jokes daily. Savannah, who is 13 is in 7th grade and is SO intelligent! She amazes us with her grades and love of learning. She also loves horseback riding, BTS and her new cell phone. Peyton who is 5, just started Kindergarten this year. He loves everything about trains and says he wants to be a train engineer when he grows up. Our family loves to go camping, boating, traveling, and watching movies together. I have so many things I love about life I can't list them all but, a few that are close to my heart are Photography, Kayaking, boating, traveling and DISNEY! My sister and I are huge fans and we try to visit Walt Disney World as much as we can! (Our dad actually worked at Epcot for a few years as a singer when we were kids so we got to visit the parks for FREE!)

My upbringing was full of Faith, travel and music! Both of my parents are Christian musicians which led them to serve in many churches while I was growing up. We have lived in, Virginia; Springfield, Missouri; Arkansas; Kissimmee, Florida; Naples, Florida; Minnesota and lastly Lee's Summit. I had the privilege of learning music while experiencing our great country. God has always been at the core of our family and beliefs. Many of my personal passions are rooted in my upbringing and my hope is to share these with your children as well.

Prayers for a fun and Joy filled year!

God Bless you all.

Psalms 40




Full-Day Preschool Assistant Teacher

Abbey Danley

I’m Abigail (Abbey) Danley and I am an elementary education major and middle school math minor at the University of Central Missouri. 

I’m from Blue Springs, MO and I live with my mom, dad, and younger sister, Libby, along with our six dogs. When I’m not doing homework for classes I am probably coloring or drinking coffee . I also love ice cream and Chick Fil A’s chicken nuggets and lemonade!

This is my first year at Abounding Love and I’m excited to help children grow in their faith and learning!




Full-Day Preschool Assistant Teacher

Brenda Estrada

Hello! My name is Brenda Estrada, I am Miss. Caroline’s assistant for the two’s and three’s.

I have lived throughout the Kansas City Metro most of my life. I currently live in Lee’s Summit with my husband Brenden and our yorkie Lelouch. I am currently a student at Metropolitan Community College at Longview working towards Occupational Therapy Assistant program. I have a certification for Medical Interpreting (Spanish/English).

I graduated high school in 2013 and in 2014 I started my first teaching position inside a childcare facility in North Kansas City. Since then I’ve had experience at different childcare locations and have experience as a lead teacher, assistant, floater and substitute and in total I have six years of experience working with children. I have experience with children from three months to ten years of age. My favorite things to do with a class is art, science experiments, dancing and making sure the students have a great time while learning.

During my free time I like to spend time with my family and friends, going shopping, practicing yoga, and planning trips outside the U.S with my husband.

I am so happy to be a part of Abounding Love Preschool and get to know all the students and families!




Full-Day Preschool Assistant Teacher

Mercedes Ewens

Hi! I’m Mercedes! I’m very happy to be joining Abounding Love Preschool this year! I will be assisting Ms. Kelly in the 2/3’s class. I love working with children and helping them grow in their faith in Jesus!

I recently moved from Grain Valley, MO to Lee’s Summit. I graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2019 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Development. I enjoy spending time with my friends and husband, Garrett. I really like sheep (Baaaa) because of Chapter 23 in the book of Psalms. I am passionate about Jesus and mental health. I hope to eventually return to school to pursue a Master’s Degree in Counseling.

I am excited to get to know all of the students and their families this year! As well as lift up the name of Jesus in the classroom.




Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher/Art Teacher

Ally Yarana French

My name is Ally Yarana French.  I am a junior at the Kansas City Art Institute.  I am originally from New Delhi, India and came to America at the age of 4.  I love singing and art the most and I love to travel.  I am working on my bachelors of fine arts in painting, while minoring in entrepreneurship.  This is my first year serving as a teacher's assistant and an art teacher here at Abounding Love Preschool.

I adore working with children and serving as a role model and education kids in art along with life values and ethics.

1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all that you do be done in love.




Part-Day and Full-Day Assistant Teacher

Lorie Kruse

Hello Ms Lorie here!

 

I am a bold Jesus lover. I love people especially the littles ones get my huge heart. I enjoy helping, teaching and guiding all different personalities. I am a single mother of two of my greatest blessings from God, Tristan 11yrs & Aaliyah 8yrs. They/we have many pets at home (mom has to tend to the zoo lol) so we all are learning, growing & enjoying learning new things. It keeps my heart full to consume my time with a full house of kiddos (neighborhood kiddos). Plus teaching at one of the greatest schools ever! I have been coming to Abounding Love since 2013, when my son went to preK and our family absolutely loved it. Then my daughter went for 3 years. In 2017, I started working as a substitute which allowed me to experience every classroom. In 2018-19, I loved working with Ms Pam & Ms Caroline. Now I am enjoying working with the full time program so I get more time with these little blessings. On my other time, I work for Platinum Realty as a real estate agent, plus I do family photography & I’m a licensed nail technician. I keep busy so 'my cup runneth over’ and so does my heart! If your child has been in my class, I want to thank you for allowing me to love them too :) May God continue to bless you & your family real good today and everyday forward!!




Part-Day Pre-Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

AshLee McKelvey

Hi, I’m AshLee McKelvey and I am so excited to be entering my third year at the preschool. This year I am happy to move upstairs to the Part Day Pre-K room with Ms Heather.  I have been downstairs in the Full Day Pre-K room.  This is going to be such a fun new experience for me and I can't wait.  

My husband Sean and I recently got married last December. We have 4 kids.  Kelly is 9 in the 3rd grade. She is very into taking pictures, watching her phone, and watching Fuller House.  Porter is 7 and in the 2nd grade, he's a big Steelers fan. Major Minecraft junkie, and a great cardboard builder.  Clark is 7 and in 1st grade, and into everything sports.  He also is very into football facts, he knows every thing there is to know about every thing. Then there is Cole. He is 4 and attends the preschool.  Coley is a spitfire 4 year old. He loves anything and everything that is boy, he's always dirty, and tries so hard to keep up with his big brothers.            

I am thankful to still be apart of the Abounding Love Family and working with Ms Heather this year.  I can't wait to teach your kids this year and work closely with them. As well as watch their love of Jesus grow.