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.
Christie Hooper – Director
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.
Amy Panzer -Pre-K
I’m Ms. Amy and I teach PreK. 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.
Lucy Mutch – Office Assistant and Floater
Ms. Lucy loves seeing the children grow into their own personalities! She is one of the lead teachers for the Butterflies. Ms. Lucy also taught Preschool for many years in Nashville, TN. However when moving to Lynchburg, she took a break while sending her own children to SJDS. Ms. Lucy is also a member of St. Johns Church and has taught Sunday school.
Rebecca Severs - Mothers Morning Out
Hi, I'm Ms. Becca! I'm one of the baby room teachers. I enjoy working with small children and seeing them discover and achieve new things everyday. Before coming to SJDS I worked in a daycare and as a nanny. My fiance and I love to travel, and we have been all over the U.S. together. We can not wait to travel to Hawaii in November for our honeymoon.
Elizabeth Cook – Butterfly Assistant
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!
McKenzie Connell - Mothers Morning Out
Ms. McKenzie is a teacher in the baby room and has her BA in theatre performance from Liberty University. She loves performing, baking, and having dance parties with her students. She is excited to join the SJDS team this year and looking forward to watching the children grow! You may have seen her and her husband in shows around town!
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.
Ashlynn Watson– Toddler Room
Hi, I'm Ashlynn! I'm currently a Master's student at Lynchburg College getting a degree in Nonprofit Leadership Studies. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Sweet Briar College in Musical Theatre and Dance Education. I spend my Summer's working with the YMCA in their childcare program, where I work with at-risk youth, teaching them nutrition and dance. I'm also an actor and choreographer in the area, I love performing. Let me know if you're looking for good theatre in the area!
Kelsey Mays – Toddler Room
Hi I'm Kelsey! I'm so excited to join the team at SJDS! I am currently pursuing my Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Liberty University, with hopes of teaching Kindergarten one day. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Lynchburg College in Public Relations with minors in Studio Art and Popular Culture. In my spare time you can find me with my camera in hand snapping shots of our beautiful world and the people in it.
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!
Kelli Spiering - Caterpillar Teacher
Hello! I’m Ms. Kelli and I get to be one of the teachers for the Caterpillars at SJDS! I am originally from the Outer Banks area of North Carolina but moved to Lynchburg for college and graduated from Liberty in 2016. Working and being able to teach children is a huge passion in my life and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to do so. In my spare time, you can find me hanging out with my adventurous husband Ryan, and playing with our two pups, Ozzy and Rigley!
Carly Lawrence – Butterfly 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!!