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Geri Allcorn / Mrs. Geri

Owner/Director

I started as owner/director of Pioneer Preschool in 1981 at our original location at 93rd and Quivira with the hope of preparing local 3 to 6 year old children for kindergarten. We moved to Grace Covenant in September of 1992. We have grown from 2 classes to 16 over the past 35 years. It has been such a joy watching our school and our staff grow into the accomplished and successful preschool we are today. I feel a great sense of accomplishment and pride when one of our previous students comes in to enroll their own child at Pioneer Preschool.

Sara Ahring / Ms. Sara

3 year old Teacher, Extended Day Teacher

I have a degree in Family Studies and Human Service from Kansas State University. I have been teaching at Pioneer Preschool since 2013. I decided to join the staff after my two children attended Pioneer and I fell in love with the school and the staff. I currently teach a three year old class and several extended day sessions.

Laura Baker / Ms. Laura

Teacher's Assistant

I started here at PPS in 2017, although my love for this school began when both of my kiddos attended.  What a joy it is to work at a place that holds a special place in your heart!  In addition to helping out at PPS, I am a Kids Day Out teacher here at Grace Covenant.  I have a BS degree from Kansas State University.

Barb Benson / Ms. Barb

Transitional Kindergarten and Extended Day Teacher

I joined the staff at Pioneer Preschool in 2003. I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Western Illinois University. I consider myself so fortunate to work in the Transitional Kindergarten Frog room. It is so fun and rewarding. I also teach a extended day class that is always exciting. I could not ask for a better place to work

Margaret Berry / Mrs. Berry

4 year old Teacher, 3 year old Teacher, Music Teacher

Years ago, a friend told me about a teaching job available at a nearby preschool.  I jumped at the opportunity when I found out it was at Pioneer.  The majority of my 25 years of experience has been with Pioneer and it continues to be my favorite place to work!  I hold a M.A. in Education from UMKC.  My passion is working with the early learners because they are so willing to share so much of themselves.  I try to teach with this quote by Kayla Dessert in mind, 'Be the teacher you want YOUR child to have.'
 

Tracy Brink / Ms. Tracy

4 year old Teacher, Extended Day Teacher

I have been a teacher at Pioneer Preschool since 2013. I have had the opportunity to teach both 3 and 4 year olds, as well as extended day classes since I have been here. Both of my sons, attended Pioneer and are excited that I am now a teacher here. My experience in child care education includes 2 1/2 years before coming to Pioneer Preschool.

Jackie Broomfield / Ms. Jackie

3 year old Teacher

I love helping young children learn new things and gain confidence as they experience life. I have been teaching in the 3 year old class at Pioneer Preschool since 2013 and feel blessed to be a part of so many children’s lives in the place where my own children first learned to love school. I have a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska.

Kathy Connor / Ms. Kathy

Teacher’s Assistant

I have been the Director of the Kid’s Day Out program at the Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church for the last 21 years. For the last 9 years, on our off hours, I assist just down the hall at Pioneer Preschool. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Kansas State University. My youngest daughter is an alumna of Pioneer Preschool.

Jan Cox / Mrs. Cox

3 year old Teacher, Transitional Kindergarten Assistant

I started working at Pioneer Preschool in 2007. I feel so lucky to be able to work with such an amazing and dedicated group of teachers. I have a son and daughter who were both students at Pioneer. I currently have two roles at preschool; I teach a 3 year old class and I assist in the Transitional Kindergarten room.

Marilyn Diltz / Mrs. Diltz

Extended Day Teacher

I am certified as a preschool teacher by the state of Kansas and have taught many different classes and age groups throughout my time at Pioneer Preschool. I have been at Pioneer Preschool since 1993 and currently teach morning extended day classes. I am proud to be teaching here with such a wonderful program and a caring staff. I love it so much and even had the pleasure of teaching one of my granddaughters here.

Laura Giammanco / Ms. Laura

4 year old Teacher

Our youngest daughter thrived at Pioneer and when it came time for her to start kindergarten, I knew I wanted to come back here to work.  Since my high school days, I have always worked with children in one way or another, leading summer camps, working in the classroom, and babysitting.  I have a BS degree from Southeast Missouri State University.  I enjoy helping children to learn and grow and to see their personalities shine as they do it. 

Cheri Hassenstab / Ms. Cheri

Extended Day Teacher, Teacher's Assistant

After my daughter attended preschool here, I knew I wanted to be part of the staff. I have been with Pioneer Preschool since 2003. I join the rest of the teachers in striving to give your child the best possible preschool experience.

Paula Hawkins / Mrs. Hawkins

4 year old Teacher, 3 year old Teacher

I have been a teacher at Pioneer Preschool since joining in 2000 and have taught in the early childhood field since 1985. I have the pleasure of teaching both 3 and 4 year old classes at Pioneer. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Pittsburg State University. Pre-school aged kids are such a joy to teach as they are so curious and eager to learn about their world.

Carly Kane / Ms. Carly

Extended Day Teacher, Teacher's Assistant

I started working at Pioneer Preschool in 2017.  Both of my daughters have attended preschool here.  We've had such an amazing experience at Pioneer and I am happy to now be a part of that experience for others.  I feel very fortunate to work with such an astounding group of people.

Michelle Mason / Ms. Michelle

4 year old Teacher

I have a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Illinois State University.  I started teaching at Pioneer Preschool in 2017 and have had the pleasure of teaching 4 year olds.  Both of my children attended Pioneer and I have always found it a place full of positive energy and love.  Before joining Pioneer, I taught toddlers and 3 year olds for 2 1/2 years.

Patty Mitus / Ms. Patty

3 year old Teacher, Extended Day Teacher, Teacher's Assistant

Pioneer Preschool was recommended to me when we moved here from out of town in 1998. Both of my daughters attended Pioneer Preschool and loved it. Shortly thereafter, in 2005, I joined their amazing staff. I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree and over 15 years of teaching experience. My passion is working with children, be it as a ski or Sunday school instructor, Girl Scout leader, or my favorite, a teacher at the best preschool in town!

Kim Tolen / Ms. Kim

Extended Day Teacher

Throughout my 19 years at Pioneer Preschool, I have held many different positions including Transitional Kindergarten assistant, Extended Day Teacher and 3 year old teacher. Currently, I teach several 4 year old classes. I attended Pittsburg State University and am nationally accredited in Child Development. Both of my children attended Pioneer Preschool, and after seeing what a wonderful nurturing experience they had, I joined their staff.

Kelli Ruder / Ms. Kelli

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

I have taught at Pioneer Preschool since 2004 and have been able to teach all ages...3 & 4 year olds, extended day, and currently I am the Transitional Kindergarten teacher. I have an Elementary Education degree from Kansas State University and taught 1st and 2nd grade before having my own children and joining the staff at Pioneer. I was so impressed when my three kids attended Pioneer Preschool that I joined their staff. I love what I do!