Child Safety

Three annual inspections are conducted by State Fire Marshal, Sanitation Department and Bureau of Child Care (both with the State Department of Health and Senior Services).  The local fire department also inspects the building annually.

Student-to-Teacher Ratio – the maximum student/teacher ratio is 8 to 1.

Staffing – two teachers are in each classroom according to St. Matthew Lutheran Church’s Child Protection Policy.

Classroom sizes – the number of children assigned to a classroom is based on the size of the classroom. The classrooms have a total of 13-17 students. 

Background Checks for child abuse and neglect through the Children’s Division and criminal record reviews through the Missouri State Highway Patrol have been conducted on each individual caregiver and all other personnel at the facility.

Disciplinary philosophy and policies of this facility are:

Our goal of discipline is to teach rather than punish.  Every effort will be made to anticipate conflicts and redirect a child to more constructive, appropriate activities.  All discipline shall be reasonable, fair equally and impartially applied.

The education philosophy and policies of this facility are: 

We believe it is our responsibility to bring the saving grace of God to all people.  Each child is a unique gift of God. A loving Christian environment has been developed to meet a child’s needs for emotional, social, and cognitive, physical and spiritual growth.


 New Interim Director: Traci Waugh-Rinehart

I have been a member of Timothy Lutheran since 1997.  I am a mother of four biological children (one was a heaven baby) --- Cetan Waugh, Loralie Rinehart, and James Rinehart.  I have been a foster parent in the past to several children and grandma to their children. In my free time, I love to paint and read. I love doing research on subjects I find interesting.  I enjoy taking continuing education classes to assist me in my job.  During spring and occasionally in the fall, I manage youth baseball teams.  I have been coaching baseball since 2015.  I enjoy watching my children play sports and perform in school activities – choir/orchestra/plays.  My family is my world.




Ms. Katie Smith


Ms. Sandy White


 Ms. Annamae Pesk: Photo coming soon

Ms. Nicole Kreisler



PreK: Ms. Karin Dillabough


This is my 5th year at St. Matthew. I am a St. Matthew church member with my husband of 22 years, Jason.  We have four wonderful children.  Our oldest daughter, Jordan, is currently a freshman at Hope College in Holland, Michigan where she is studying dance and psychology.  My only son, Kannon, is 16 and plays basketball year round.  We have twin 13-year-old daughters, Jenna and Kenedie, who entertain us with theatre and dance performances.  We love to travel to Disney World as a family as often as possible. I enjoy crafting and reading in my spare time.  I absolutely love the staff at St. Matthew and truly enjoy coming to work every day to play with all my sweet friends. 

 Ms. Mindy Pollo 

This is my 5th year teaching at St. Matthew.  I have been married to my wonderful husband, Brian, for 19 years.  We have 2 amazing kids - Jordy who is 16 and Caden who is 14.  Both our kids keep us super busy with softball and baseball.  If we have any downtime, we love to travel. 

PreK+: Sheri Clark

I am one of the PreK+ teachers.  This will be my 15th year of teaching at St. Matthew.  I have been a member of St. Matthew for 26 years.  I am married to my husband Doug and have two grown girls.  Regan, 25, is married and lives in Harrisonville.  Blair, 20, is a Junior at UMKC studying psychology.  In my spare time, I enjoy walking, biking, playing pickle ball, and socializing with friends and family.  I enjoying preparing the children for kindergarten and also showing and teaching them the love of Jesus.



Ms. Lindsay Newkirk