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Geri Allcorn / Mrs. Geri


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.

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.

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.

Sarah LaSala

Assistant Teacher

I feel so grateful to be a member of the Pioneer Staff. All four of our children attended Pioneer Preschool and during those years I remember thinking how much fun it would be to work here some day. What a dream come true it is to be part of such an encouraging learning environment. My favorite part about this job is seeing the wonder in the student's faces and their smiles as they learn and grow. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Kansas and experience working in early childhood education.