Meet the St. John’s Day School Teachers
Our faculty is our greatest asset. They are truly invested in achieving the best outcome for each child. Our lead teachers have undergraduate degrees and all teachers are CPR and First-Aid certified. The teachers participate in a range of training and development courses throughout the year to ensure they have the tools necessary to succeed.
Amy Panzer - Director
I graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Psychology and an emphasis on child development. I have two children who attended SJDS and started teaching here when my youngest was a caterpillar over 10 years ago! I have taught all age groups from toddlers up to PreK. I enjoy working with children and creating a safe environment for them to learn and thrive.
Christie Hooper – Front Office Assistant and Fundraising Coordinator
Formerly a teacher in our four-year-old program, Ms. Christie brings enthusiasm to the Day School daily as Director. An active, life-long member of St. John’s Church, she is great with the children and quick to tend to each child’s individual needs.
Patricia Schewel – Spanish Teacher
Mrs. Patricia designed and taught interactive Spanish program for kids ages 2-5, St Johns Day School since August 2017 and is also a board member at St Johns Day School since 2016. She is a board member at Opera on the James. Mrs. Patricia lead voice over actor in an English audio instruction program for Latin America, Education Development Center, Washington DC, 2014-2016. She planned and taught Spanish as a second language curriculum for children from ages 11 months to 10 years, Isabella and Ferdinand Academia de Español, Washington, DC, 2011-2014. Mrs. Patricia has a certificate in ESL/EFL Teaching, Duke University, 2008 and also a B.A. in Elementary Education, Universidad Católica Santo Domingo, 2004.
Michelle Burnett - Toddler Teacher
Michelle Burnett is a life-long resident of the Lynchburg area, who graduated from Lynchburg College with a degree in Child Development. She has 23 years of teaching experience, the last 17 of which was spent at a preschool teaching toddlers. In 2016, Michelle was named one of the Top Ten Teachers by Lynchburg Living magazine. She is excited to join the St. John’s family and continue her work.
Lori Blankenship - Toddler Assistant and Extended DayHello, I'm Ms. Lori. I graduated from Roanoke College with a B. A. In Psychology. I worked previously as an Assistant Teacher at another local preschool for 3's and 4's for 7 years. I have been married to my husband, Rick, for 26 years and we have two beautiful daughters, Kaitlin (22) and Anna (17). Kaitlin and her husband, Luke, welcomed their first daughter, Haven Grace, in February. Anna is beginning her senior year at Jefferson Forest High School. In my spare time, I enjoy running and like to do the occasional road or trail race.
Elizabeth Cook – Butterfly Teacher
I graduated from University of Georgia and am married and have three beautiful daughters. The youngest went to St. John’s Day School. I have been a “Super” Sub for SJDS for several years. Now, I am an assistant in the Butterfly class and I loving be here at the Day School!
Katrina Phillips – Butterfly Teacher
I am one of the teachers in the Butterfly Class after being lead teacher for the Caterpillar Class sevetral years. I graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Childhood Development. I love teaching at SJDS and bonding with All our little friends! After school I am a nanny for two little girls, who I have looked after for numerous years!!
Todd Carden - Caterpillar Teacher
My name is Todd Carden. I graduated from the University of North Carolina Charlotte with a degree in history. I am married and have two beautiful boys that both attended St. John’s. I have gone from super sub to full time Caterpillar teacher. I look forward to watching these little Caterpillars create and learn.
Chantale Rosenberg – Pre-K
Ms. Rosenberg received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early-Middle Education from Radfor University in 1990. She currently teaches in our Pre-K program and has been teaching at SJDS for 24 years. She continues to provide new and exciting learning activities for the little ones in her class. Her hobbies are wildlife photography (especially birds) and traveling.
Joice Ezequiel– Butterfly Teacher
Hello I’m Ms. Joice! A few years ago I taught at St. John’s and after taking a break to have my own children I am coming back. It’s very exciting to return as the Butterflies teacher and have my two children attend this amazing school. I have a Master’s degree in Human Services as well as some courses in Child Development and Curriculum.
Emily Davidson - Pre-K
Ms. Emily loves spending her mornings working with her Pre-K friends. She has years of experience working with preschool age children in Richmond. She has two children, Russell and Sally, that are St. John’s alumni!
Carly Lawrence – Pre-K Teacher
Hello, I’m Ms. Carly! I am one of the teachers in the Butterfly Class at SJDS after teaching in the toddler room for several years! I graduated from Ferrum College in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Studies, and a double minor in Psychology and English. Working with children is a passion of mine and something I have done for many years. I have two children, one of whom graduated from St. John’s Day School and one that attends here!!
Taylor Critchley- Catapiller Class
My name is Taylor and I am an elementary education major at liberty university! In my free time I love to hangout with my family and friends! I also enjoy shopping and the outdoors