We are blessed to a caring staff who have a great love of children and want them all to succeed and to know God.
Josee Wilson is the teacher of the Challenge Class. She has a degree in elementary education with extra hours in special education. She has taught for more than 20 years and loves children. She and her husband, Marshall, have two grown children. She enjoys hiking in the mountains, gardening and reading.
Kimberly Neubauer has a degree in early childhood education and has taught in Columbia and Jefferson City preschools for more than 17 years. She and her husband, Tom, have teenaged children. She enjoys running, gardening and reading. Mrs. Neubauer teaches the 4 years old class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday as well as the extra class for 4s on Tuesday and Thursday.
Mandy Engelbrecht has many years of working with young children. She began her career babysitting in high school, and then volunteered at the Special Learning Center, where she later served as an aide. She taught at a church-based preschool working with a three-year-olds in the Kansas City area, and worked as a paraprofessional in Russellville. Before joining us, she worked at Kirchner State School. She and her husband, Jason, have three boys. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, going for jeep rides and being with children. Mrs. Engelbrecht teaches the 3 year olds on Tuesday and Thursday and the 2 year olds on Monday.
Shannon McPherson has a degree in Social Psychology from Park University. She served as an instructor at Wentworth Military Academy and taught Psychology and Ethics courses. After spending years as a 911 operator and crime victim advocate she wanted to be where she could build long term relationships and share her faith with others. Shannon and her husband, Dan, have a teenage son and a daughter in elementary school, and she cared for numerous children in foster care.
Dr. Marilyn Hofmann, Preschool Director
"I love children of all ages! I have had the privilege of loving all the children of the church for many years – we are a church family who truly loves and appreciates children – we take our baptismal commitments seriously to support and nurture our youngest in the faith. We want you to come visit us – and become part of this family of faith. I know how important this family continues to be for me and we welcome new people into our family!"
Dr. Marilyn Hofmann joined the staff as the Director of Christian Education and Children’s Weekday Ministries in 1982. She graduated from Hanover College (a small Presbyterian college in Ind.), and received both her master’s of science degree in counseling psychology and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She taught in the education department at Lincoln University for 35 years and was department head for six years. She and her husband, Jim, are the parents of two children, two in-laws, four grandchildren, and also helped raise seven foster children. She enjoys anything that involves children of any age!